Is there room for patriotism in a theatre?

Has anyone stood up? Should I do that? It’s a question that was evidently on everyone’s mind.

Written by Dipti Nagpaul D'souza | Updated: December 23, 2016 9:47 pm
Dangal, Dangal movie, Dangal movie review, Dangal movie impressions, Dangal movie critics The story of Mahavir Phogat and his two daughters, Dangal is a rather long film. It’s entertaining too, as you watch the father train Geeta and Babita to become national champions in wrestling.

Is there room for patriotism in a theatre where people are either too preoccupied playing vigilantes or too fearful to feel much else? I recently watched Dangal at the cineplex in Mumbai’s northern suburbs of Goregaon. And this is the one question I came back asking myself. The story of Mahavir Phogat and his two daughters, Dangal is a rather long film. It’s entertaining too, as you watch the father train Geeta and Babita to become national champions in wrestling. But that’s not victory enough for Phogat, who dreams of gold. He wants his daughters, especially the elder Geeta, to bring the country fame by winning a medal in the international sporting arena. The whole film is geared towards that final victory, the moment when Geeta brings home that coveted gold.

But when the match takes place, the father, due to certain circumstances, isn’t present to witness it. With no means to communicate, he spends each moment wondering and hoping that his daughter, whom he has worked so hard with and has set all his hopes on, has defeated her tough competitor. After an edge-of-the-seat climax, Geeta predictably wins the match. The audience, who has joined her in that two-and-a-half hour-long journey, joins her in her euphoria at beating the opponent, and shares her sense of pride as she takes the stage to collect the medal. But that moment is suddenly interrupted when the National Anthem begins to play in the movie.

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What may have been an organic evolution towards the feeling of patriotism is suddenly taken over by confusion. The eyes are torn off the screen as everyone begins to look at one another? Has anyone stood up? Should I do that? It’s a question that was evidently on everyone’s mind.

The audience in the show I watched didn’t eventually stand up but they did I suppose, for those few moments, feel a tad bit like Aamir Khan’s character in the scene as he waits to find out the outcome of the match – curious, nervous and perhaps a tad bit fearful.

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    Tata
    Dec 23, 2016 at 10:01 pm
    People cannot individually decide society or public decisions. If I sh$t and pi$$ in front of your house can I say you cannot object as that land is public land does not belong to you and I have as an individual right to do what I want? Can I kick your back as I wish to since I have rights?
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      ashok s
      Dec 23, 2016 at 11:45 pm
      As apex court guidelines, one cannot use national anthem for commercial purpose.
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        Dare Guy
        Dec 24, 2016 at 8:48 pm
        The moment is interrupted ??? What rubish...well let me tell u that people stood in dubai too on national anthem
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          Mahender Goriganti
          Dec 23, 2016 at 11:06 pm
          Misleading headlines with no substance or relevance expect for promotion of anything to do with 'Khans' and curvature of anti nationalism as democracy to promote its own hidden agenda.
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            pankaj
            Dec 23, 2016 at 4:54 pm
            its a pride and we must stand dont worry no would harm you if you stand for a moment for the nation
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              Subrata
              Dec 23, 2016 at 6:35 pm
              The audience in R city mall, 2:10pm show did stand up during the National Anthem. We were also present in the audience.
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                sheik shake
                Dec 23, 2016 at 4:10 pm
                Interestingly the question is answered by SC.. you dont need to stand up when national anthem is pla during the movielt;br/gt;imagine making a movie with national anthem playing in background every 5 mins just to see how people react
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                  Paul Harrison
                  Dec 23, 2016 at 10:04 pm
                  Interestingly Muslims should live in India or not has been answered in division of India by Muslims twice and they now should move to their chosen land as they demanded they got it and it is Pureland stan. Imagine Muslims dividing India again and again every twenty thirty years as they become majority in one state or another. Imagine Muslims spreading terrorism and molesting kids via wahabi Islam on a daily basis just to see how Mohammed molested Aisha.
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                    Paul Harrison
                    Dec 23, 2016 at 9:58 pm
                    The challenge is also that there is an implied strategy by Christian Vatican and Saudi wahabi to divide India by Islamization of Bollywood and molesting of nuns and kids by missionary fathers priests in churches and English medium missionary schools. To accomplish that hit at patriotism so that once people don't have anything that binds them then it is easy to destroy India. Whether you wish to stand in your house Ian your personal choice but not in a public place. If you don't like it don't go to a movie. You cannot tell me that to pi$$ on road is your individual choice and no one can tell you not to do it as that is goondaraj.
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