NEW DELHI: National Anthem will be played at all cinema halls across the country mandatorily before the screening of a movie, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled.
A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy said, “Time has come the citizens of the country must realise that they live in nation and are duty bound to show respect to National Anthem which is the symbol of the constitutional patriotism and inherent national quality.”
“All the cinema halls in India shall play the National Anthem before the feature film starts and all present in the hall are obliged to stand up to show respect to the National Anthem,” the bench said, adding that when the anthem is played the National Flag shall be shown on the screen. Adding one more direction, the bench said, “Prior to the National Anthem being played or sung in the cinema hall, the entry and exit doors shall remain closed so that no one can create any kind of disturbance which will amount to disrespect to the National Anthem.”
It said that after the National Anthem is played or sung, the doors of cinema halls can be opened. Also, the abridged version of the National Anthem made by anyone for whatever reason shall not be played or displayed. “Love and respect for the motherland is reflected when one shows respect to the National Anthem as well as to the National Flag,” added the court.