Should national anthem be played in cinema halls?

Should national anthem be played in cinema halls?

Should national anthem be played in cinema halls?

Supreme Court announced that all cinema halls across the country should compulsorily play the national anthem before the screening of films and that everyone present at the hall must stand up in respect till the national anthem ended. Meanwhile, the national flag should be displayed on the screen while the national anthem is being played.

This move hasn’t been well received unfortunately. Not many people are happy about it. People feel that this is no way to prove one’s patriotism and they mustn’t be asked to mandatorily stand up. However, SC is serious about making this order implemented and it is going to stay.

No, don’t insult your most sacred tune!

1. Why force-feed patriotism? Patriotism comes out of love and respect for one’s nation and that cannot be force-fed to anyone just by making them stand up while the national anthem plays and the national flag is on view. Patriotism is a feeling that should come from within us and not from being told frequently that every time you go to watch a movie, you must revive your patriotism.

2. Not the right place - Imagine national anthem, the most sacred tune of a nation played before the double meaning comedies cracking vulgar jokes and playing songs like “Whole night besharmi ki height”.
There are more formal place for the national anthem to be played than a cinema hall.

3. Why only cinema halls? Cinema halls aren’t a place to instill patriotism. It is one place people go to rejuvenate and enjoy a crappy or once in a while a good movie. Most importantly, why should this order be confined to cinema halls? Other public places like railway stations and airports could be told to play the national anthem before starting the journey. Parliament should begin its sessions with the national anthem.

4. Degrading the national anthem: National anthem is to be played at formal occasions like on “investitures, parades, government functions, presentation of regiment colors and other functions of the president, governor or forces.” Of all places to instill patriotism, cinema halls are no place to get people to feel for their country. Imagine people associating national anthem with crappy movies. This would only make national anthem lose its important.

5. The real issue lost: RSS people beat and humiliate a man confined to wheel chair because he didn’t stand up to the national anthem and the PIL was filed for this reason but the SC decided to go easy on the real issue and give it their own turn by making it mandatory with strict rules. There are issues that need strict rules like not humiliating anyone the way the man was but unfortunately, it came down to force-feeding something that isn’t required.

6. Rights: Our constitution gives us the right to question, criticize and ask for changes regarding the national anthem and even the national flag for that matter. Jana Gana Mana has already been in controversy where a few lines are said to be singing praise of the British ruler of erstwhile days. Forcing people to pay respect to the anthem when people are up for changing it is snatching the constitutional rights of people.

Yes, it’s just a matter of showing respect.

1. Showing respect: While we show pride in being an Indian and when an Indian bags an international title or award, we are still very confused on how to show respect to national anthem and national flag in our own country. Standing up to your country’s national anthem is not to prove patriotism but to instill the feeling of love and respect for your motherland.

2. Lack of guidelines: The earlier incident of someone being beaten up when he did not stand up to the national anthem being played in a movie in the theatre was due to a clear lack of guidelines. Right from the school days we have been taught to rise and pay respect to the national anthem and the national flag but it seems like growing up takes that away from people and that they need to be bound by guidelines to make them follow protocols.

3. Just how hard is it? People going to watch a movie stand in line for ticket and popcorn for too long sometimes. People can stand hours when they have to but wouldn’t care standing a few minutes to pay respect to their own national anthem. Just how hard is it to show some respect and unity to your country’s flag and anthem? We simply have to make a controversy out of every order that comes out with restrictions.

4. Uniting the divided: We are divided by caste, religion, status, state and what not. The only thing that integrates us into one is our nationality. Once in a while showing and feeling that unity is important. People will see and feel that there is something in common between everyone at the theatre which instills the feeling of being united as a nation.

NRIs will cry how their heart bleeds for the country when they hear the national anthem abroad but the same people would leave the motherland for better living. Instead of measuring one’s patriotism from the way they display their patriotism in public, more awareness about making people treat each other with humility is required. While there is no harm in standing up to the national anthem, there is definite harm if someone is humiliated for not doing so.
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  • RE: Should national anthem be played in cinema halls? -RAMENDRA SINGH (12/30/17)
  • Yes it should be played in the cinema hall because we know that if we had a national feeling then we have to salute those peoples who have taken this prestigious steps which ignite the national feeling in us and make us feel proud and according to our fundamental duties it is mandatory that we have to salute our national song and national anthem and no one have right to say that it is his choice whether he stand or not,I want simply ask a simple question that why we touch the feet our parents daily even they never say to do so because it our culture which make us to respect our parents and u can see as day by day we adopting the western culture and say hello hai only to our parents, uncles our feeling also goes down toward him therefore my thinking is that as we keep thinking in our daily routine then it get attached to our hearts and we always going to love it by heart..
  • RE: Should national anthem be played in cinema halls? -Praful roy (12/18/17)
  • Hi this is praful ....
    I think cinema hall is not a right place for national anthem as people go there for refreshment but there are some people in India who are forgetting to respect our nation ...there is not any problem in showing patriotism
  • RE: Should national anthem be played in cinema halls? -Ratan Poddar (10/30/17)
  • National anthem should be played after th movie is over.
    A viewer in a movie hall sees various scenes which excites him. there can be songs, dances, fights - which are common. The viewer should shed their excitement while leaving the cinema halls and not carry forward to real world outside. Psychologically it will do great great service to society.
    Viewer will know that what he has seen is basically a story and he has to take care of his urgency seriously. He has to take care of his needs and not get swayed away.
    May be he/she will become more dutiful person.
    Singing national anthem is again a type of education.
    Think of the Nation - Why not.
  • RE: Should national anthem be played in cinema halls? -pankaj kumar (08/27/17)
  • Hii I m pankaj :
    As I know that National Anthem should not play in cinema Halls ,it's the place of amusement ,Look Differ category of movies release like B grade movie , should us watch the movie B grade after besearch of national anthem . patriot is shown by feelings ,love ,and should us do something for society , give it to India pride things .due it people remind us not by standing in cinema halls at the play of national anthem
  • RE: Should national anthem be played in cinema halls? -Group Discussion (08/23/17)
  • National anthem inherits the sense of feeling of pride. Playing in cinema halls shouldn't attract such hue and cry and scathing remarks from those who have against voices. Difference of opinions have vital space in democracy but one should think twice before uttering anything against nation's pride.
  • RE: Should national anthem be played in cinema halls? -Jaspinder Kaur (06/29/17)
  • No , national anthem shouldn't be played in cinemas. What if sunny leone is in movie.
  • RE: Should national anthem be played in cinema halls? - k.rajesh kumar (03/27/17)
  • I went for movie ghazi.everbody stood while playing national anthem on the screen and feel proud .but same anthem while it was played as a part of movie ,no body stood ,but a person tried to stand but feel ashamed because he is the only person to stand and sat away.i asked this situation, my friend replied that according to supreme court instructions if anthem was played as a part of a movie ,there is no compulsion to stand but if it was played seperately there is an compulsion to stand. I had one questiion"who has a right to tell us when to give respect and when not to give respect for national advice is respect comes from soul but not from compulsion.Teach the values and beliefs of the country then automatically patriotism will come from the many people know national anthem meaning ?
  • RE: Should national anthem be played in cinema halls? -Yogendra singh (03/25/17)
  • I feel that if anyone stand for fifty two second for country ,that would not the matter of any harm to him and a soldier of our country do his duty for twenty four hours by just standing in the border for protecting us from external attack . Is he only responsible for our life ? today we are living safely in our country because of nationalism and if u stand for fifty two second it fed nationalism in us and automatically feeling of patriotism comes to us .
  • RE: Should national anthem be played in cinema halls? -Neha (03/24/17)
  • I was with my mom today in cinema hall, some low grade people started abusing them for not standing for national anthem. Why such force fed patriotism and by simply showing the national anthem are they gonna increase patriotism in people that's just a stupid idea and why only cinema halls where people come drunk and behave in such a rude way. Strictly government has to think again for showing national anthem in such places and simply by standing how can they think all the people have patriotism, how can they measure from that?
  • RE: Should national anthem be played in cinema halls? -J. K. Agrawal (12/20/16)
  • Nobody becomes a patriot just by standing at attention when National Anthem is being played. No, patriotism doesn't come so easily. It comes the hard way. Indians will become patriots when they stop taking bribes, when they stop profiteering, black-marketing, hoarding. When parliament and state assemblies stop having hard-core criminals like murderers, rapists, kidnappers as their members. When Supreme Court and other courts stop taking 200 leaves out of 365 days when five crore cases are pending before them to be decided, some dating back since before independence. We become patriot when our courts stop just giving dates and start hearing the cases, when they stop taking 50 years to settle a case which needs just five minutes.

    It is hard for the SC to curtail its leaves and be productive, so it has devised an easier way to become patriot.
  • RE: Should national anthem be played in cinema halls? -Gracy (12/08/16)
  • Standing up for National Anthem is showing unity towards the country. It fills with pride and reminds us of sovereignty of our country. If we can stand at many other place for our personal need, we can easily spare 2 minutes for our beloved land.
  • RE: Should national anthem be played in cinema halls? -sravya chava (12/07/16)
  • why not? there is no limitations for patriotism playing national anthem in cinema hall makes us is just a matter of few miniutes to remind us about the soverginity of our motherland moreover it makes us feel pride of our country
  • RE: Should national anthem be played in cinema halls? -Neha R (12/07/16)
  • Cinema halls are the place where people of all castes and religions throng for entertainment. Hardly have we seen people rejecting to pay respect to our national anthem in the cinema halls. We all feel proud to stand along side family and friends for national anthem
  • RE: Should national anthem be played in cinema halls? -Naman gupta (12/06/16)
  • Yes I think national anthem be played not only in cinema but also on bus stands railway stations or on national channel's( DD national) at a particular time . I think it will to increase the unity in the country
  • RE: Should national anthem be played in cinema halls? -jaya Priyadarshini (12/05/16)
  • This concept is really appreciable. For a few minutes only, but it gives a good feeling about the nation. Because now a days if anything is left in India then that is corruption, a nation full of betrayer who released a patriotic feeling in us. So I appreciate this.
  • RE: Should national anthem be played in cinema halls? -gaurav (12/05/16)
  • National Anthem is being played at many threatres. SC has now made it mandatory for all the threatres. The move has not gone down well for some people but majority have no objections. No move can appease all, there will always be some who oppose. SC must have considered squarely before pronouncing such compulsion. Those who are against it can voice and cite reasons for its better implementation.

    India has many colors but when all stand up for national anthem, it reminds sense of unity. Threatre is a few place where we as a family stand up for our National Anthem.