National Anthem at Cinema Halls no More a Compulsion | Here’s the Supreme Court Order

The apex court has stated that playing of national anthem not mandatory in movie halls anymore. This statement from the Supreme Court of India has come has come as a whiff of fresh air for innumerable movie buffs who visit the theatre to get some relaxing moments to spend with their family, friends and loved ones.

National anthem at cinema halls no more a compulsion

Supreme Court has stated that playing of the national anthem – ‘Jana Gana Mana’ at movie halls is not mandatory. It was earlier compulsory for the cinema hall to play the national anthem before the Movie. In order to show respect, the audience had to stand up to show respect towards the National Anthem. However, the Supreme Court has declared that from now on, playing of the national anthem in before the movie in cinema halls will not mandatory, it will be optional for the cinema halls.

The interim order on the mandatory playing of the national anthem ‘Jana Mana Gana’ before the screening of the movie in cinema halls, has been withdrawn by the Supreme Court. The court revoked its earlier order after multiple cases of vigilante patriotism were reported.

No need to wear patriotism on sleeves 

In 2016, it was directed by the Supreme Court of India, that all cinema halls must play the national anthem ‘Jana Mana Gana’ before screening films. The apex court has stated that this move would inculcate the feeling within one, a sense dedicated patriotism and nationalism.

A question was raised on the basis of a PIL (public interest litigation) on the order of mandatory playing of the national anthem in the cinema halls before the screening of the movie. Members of a bench had questioned the logic behind the mandatory order. The bench had further stated that an Indian doesn’t need to wear his patriotism on his sleeves.

Previous order from the apex court

It was November 30, 2016 had when the Supreme Court had directed all the movie halls and theatres in the country to play the national anthem ‘Jana Mana Gana’ before the start of a movie, play as well as other programmes. It was also stated that the audience must stand up during the national anthem to pay respect. The move was aimed in a bid to inculcate a sense of nationalism and patriotism.

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