National Anthem mandatory before Film Screening
Supreme Court Today passed an order directing theatres all over the country to play National Anthem prior to the start of the film screening. It also want everyone present in the cinema halls to stand up during National Anthem as a mark of respect.
The Supreme Court wants National Flag to appear on the screen when the National Anthem is played. Justice Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy opined even citizen must feel this is my country and this is my motherland. The Bench also maintained that no individual is allowed to take commercial benefits by playing National Anthem. It further said, ‘Neither the Anthem be dramatized nor it should be printed on undesirable objects. It can’t be played at variety shows’.
Further, the bench said people must show respect to the national anthem and the national flag and called it “imperative” to show them honour and respect. The court said that when the Anthem is played in movie halls, it should be accompanied with images of the national flag on screen and people must stand up. It however clarified that the disabled would be exempt.
The court also outlawed any abridged version of the 52-second song and said it shouldn’t be printed on any “undesirable object”. The national anthem is already played before movies in some states – such as Maharashtra – but the measure is often controversial, with instances of people beaten up for not standing up for the anthem.