Supreme Court says Audience need not stand when National Anthem is part of film.
I’m sure there are some who will be happy to hear this new hearing from the Supreme Court, but many will also be surprised to see how quickly the top court in India have reversed their decision.
The Supreme Court finally issued a clarfiation saying “There is no need to be on your feet inside a cinema hall when the National Anthem is featured as a part of a film, documentary or a newsreel”.
Few months back, the Indian Supreme Court had made it mandatory for all cinema theatres to play the Indian national anthem before beginning of every film show.
In the weeks to follow, citizens who refused to stand in cinemas, were assaulted, intimated and even arrested for not rising to the national anthem. It triggered debates on television news channels, challenging the nature and intent of the ruling.
Things took an objectionable turn, when Theater director Atul Kumar’s rendition of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night hit a roadblock. Before the performance could commence at Rangsharda in Mumbai, Kumar was commanded to play the anthem at the beginning of the performance.
After several applications were filed on the question, including from the Conference for Human Rights and the Kodungallur Film Society, the Supreme court finally issued this clarification.
Ram Gopal Varma asks why not play national anthem in bars and clubs?
In a sarcastic comment, Ram Gopal Varma had said that the national anthem should be played in bars and clubs as well.
Bollywood filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma voiced his displeasure over the ruling and said shouldn’t the #NationalAnthem be compulsorily played in all night clubs before drinking and dancing begins?
Shouldn't the #NationalAnthem be compulsorily played in all night clubs before drinking and dancing begins ?
— Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) December 1, 2016
- He says it should be played before every TV programme and TV serial episode and radio program
- Every shop should ask customer to see a video of it b4 entering shop.
- National anthem would be made compulsory in temples, churches and mosques before prayers begin.
- The lead actor giving anti-tobacco message should compulsorily sing national anthem.