New Delhi, November 30: All exits of cinema hall have to remain shut when Indian national anthem will be played before the movie, says Supreme Court on Tuesday. The Supreme Court on Wednesday stressed that everyone should rise for the national anthem when it is played before the start of the movie in theatres across India. Also, the top court gave an order to that the national flag of India has to be screened in the cinema hall when the national anthem is played there.
According to NDTV reports, a bench comprising of Supreme Court judges said, “When the national anthem is played it is imperative for everyone to show honour and respect. It would instil a sense of committed patriotism and nationalism”.
The Apex Court in its judgement said that the “time that the people across India must feel and show respect to the national anthem, the symbol of constitutional patriotism”. Also Read – Opinion: National Anthem in cinema halls may go against the very idea of why Supreme Court made it compulsory
According to the latest amendment, when the anthem is on, all theatre exits will be closed which raises several questions on emergencies as it directly affects the flow of people moving in and out of the cinema hall before movie begins and some lawyers argue that the movement during the anthem is seen as a disrespect to it.
The Supreme Court also acted on a petition in which there was an argument made by the petitioner alleging misuse of the anthem in TV shows or movies. To which the court ruled out that it should not be commercially exploited, dramatised or printed on the objectionable material.
The order has been issued today and the state government across India had promised to have the system in place in 10 days. The petition was filed by an NGO based in Bhopal.
In 1960 cinema halls across India used to play national anthem after the end of the movie, but most of the people often walked out in the middle. The practice faded away over the years, as multiplexes dramatically transformed movie experience across the country.
In 2003 Maharashtra state became the first one to make national anthem mandatory in theatres, after which some cinema halls also amended it. But in last few months after a series of the controversial video started surfacing around the debate started, “whether a person who had come to watch a movie should stand in the cinema hall when the anthem is played”. In 2015, the Madras High Court said that people in cinema halls are not bound to stand for the anthem.