The Supreme Court today directed that all cinema halls across the country must play National Anthem before a film is screened and that everyone should stand and pay respect. “When the national anthem is played it is imperative for everyone to show honour and respect. It would instill a sense of committed patriotism and nationalism,” said the judges. The apex court also said that the national flag should be shown on the movie screen while the national anthem is being played.
Further, the SC has also ordered that the national anthem must not be played in TV shows or movies as it cannot be commercially exploited or dramatized. In addition to this, the court has ordered that the anthem must not be printed on an undesirable place or objectionable material.
Following the SC orders, The Centre government said orders will circulate to all states’ chief secretaries and will also publish it in the electronic and print media.