It’s just not entertainment, but then it is patriotism… in an AC hall

The new normal in Indian movie theatres will be public display of patriotism instead of public display of affection.

Written by Kanishka Singh | Updated: November 30, 2016 2:59 pm
cinema_hall-759 National anthem to be played in Cinema halls before the movie starts. (File)

The Supreme Court has ruled that the National Anthem will be played in every movie theatre across India before the screening of every film. It is a noble attempt to instill “committed patriotism and nationalism” in the citizens–because we know commitment has to be ‘injected’ in people–by way of playing the anthem in an entertainment venue before films of varied nature in front of a mixed, not necessarily Indian, audience

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The new normal in Indian movie theatres will be public display of patriotism instead of public display of affection. A major victory, of course. Everyone will stand up in respect for the anthem, including the people barging inside the hall late for the show. Or will they be prevented from entering during the anthem, or prosecuted for their bad sense of timing

Of course, the movie theatre is the best place to ensure order, discipline, punctuality, serious behaviour and anything else that goes against the grain of entertainment. If should be more like a school assembly

Somewhere in the crowd a crying child’s cries will merge with the melody of the national anthem and the hapless parents will find that showing patriotism is something you need to teach your child very early in life

Some over-enthusiastic elements may end up forcing people to stand up. It’s happened before. Thankfully, the disabled seem to be exempt this time. But that might not come in the way of hypernationalism

Don’t be surprised if those who look Indian, but aren’t — like our friends from Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka or Bangladesh — are forced to stand in attention. The minor detail of their nationalist allegiance can be brushed under the carpet

This is just the dose we Indians need, especially since we seem to be struggling with an identity crisis and a sense of lost nationality with defective notions of freedom. The tolerant establishment structures have come to our rescue time and again and handheld us to show a Utopian India where we should shun our imperfections. We need to embrace the perfecting element that is nationalism and public display of patriotism.

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First Published on: November 30, 2016 2:31 pm
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    Dhaval
    Nov 30, 2016 at 11:52 am
    Super senseless sarcasm. To be famous write an article like this. How stupid.
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      K.G.Balakrishnan.Thief.Justice.of.India.Retd
      Nov 30, 2016 at 11:48 am
      Hey.. Indiots just turned the most advanced country!
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        Pankaj
        Nov 30, 2016 at 10:06 am
        To the author- Come out of depression. There are bright things happening in India.
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          Akhlesh Mathur
          Nov 30, 2016 at 1:47 pm
          They are people who want to to comment just show they are thinkers . Actually they are s who need to be ignoredlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Its the right decision to have national anthem in the cinema halls .
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            atul
            Nov 30, 2016 at 11:49 am
            Impotent Feku G who left his wife 35 years and doing nation building. RSS chaddi walas are hideen terrorist with master mind Amit Shah and Mohan Bhagwat. These rascals BJPEE walas And RSS did not exist during freedom struggle now becoming champions of DeshBakhti. Say Loudly Bharat Mata Jee Pita Jee Baba Ramdev Jee Arnab Gosawami Jee Ke Maa ke Jayee
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              chattoo
              Nov 30, 2016 at 12:56 pm
              It should be pla at all places , in Parliament ( everyday before start of the proceedings) , in PMO , at 9.00 AM , In Radio and TV every day, and above all , in all panchayat bhavans in all villages. This way we'll inject the fervour of patriotism in our people. Our people should be ready to die for the country. Our people have become very selfish..Every one demanding more money to have more of every thing. They don't think of the nation...It is the nation first ...we must drill into our kids mind. My salutes to the nation..
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                Deb
                Nov 30, 2016 at 9:58 am
                What a disgraceful article!!is there anything "INDIAN" with the indian express?I have seen before also,they generally don't support any cause of national interest. :( Sad.
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                  ganesh Ganesh
                  Nov 30, 2016 at 2:38 pm
                  I'm just thinking how the other countries media react to this after their respective court or legislative embly issue a verdict or an order for their countries honor !!!!! Do they same as like Indian pressutes?
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                    gc
                    Nov 30, 2016 at 1:03 pm
                    Congress had turned India into a railway platform, where anyone comes,does whatever he/she wants,spreads garbage around and move on or sleep on the bench as one wishes,even platform ticket was not required and train ticket was optional, if you were willing to take the small risk (of paying the bribe),you could get away even without buying a train ticket.This platform had a name but no ideny,no characterdia is not a railway platform.It is a civilization, at least 5000 years olddia did not start existing in 1947.If you are an Indian,learn to respect this civilization,this land, and PAY YOUR PART, BY PAYING TAX,SHOWING RESPECT AND OBEYING THE LAW.THIS IS INDIA.NOT A FREE FOR ALL RAILWAY PLATFORM.
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                      gc
                      Nov 30, 2016 at 9:46 am
                      Quibble as much as you can and your ilk can sulk with you, but this is it. It is SC order,there is no other legal option.This government is not going to overturn it and any other will need at least 2/3rd majority to change this order.For us nationalists it gives us so much pleasure that all peudo Indians in the garbs of 'liberal','secular' etc etc will now have to STAND UP or come late etc etc.Good that you liberals LEARN THAT A NATION IS NOT A FREE FOR ALL ENY where you can have it all without paying anything in it.NOW PAY UP. Either stand up or miss a part of the movie,if in India you want to have the fun of watching a movie,VERY SMALL PRICE TO PAY TO OUR COUNTRY.
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                        gc
                        Nov 30, 2016 at 1:04 pm
                        Saudi funded anti India propaa through movies will also face another punch in the face by this.
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                          gc
                          Nov 30, 2016 at 9:48 am
                          You are the same author who wrote,the poor women in the que told me, RBI kehta hai paisa hai par bank ke paas nhin hai ha ha showed how you were manufacturing stories by writing a poor women quoting RBI, you true colors were exposed then ha ha
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                            Kumar Kumar
                            Nov 30, 2016 at 9:26 am
                            Such a sarcastic article with only a negative vibe ! lt;br/gt;Whenever national anthem plays anywhere, mostly there are noise in any form yet we respect the anthem and don't pay heed on that noise thinking it as anti national. So same for the child crying..!lt;br/gt;Whenever any game happens, each athlete respects the national anthem of each nation. So nothing unusual if some other citizens of any other country will do so. In fact they should feel proud that they are respecting the value of the country where they are visiting. I'll do so. Don't know about you..!lt;br/gt;Disabled have been exempted and it is a welcome move. Also if any abled person can't stand just for some seconds to show the respect then what else can you expect from them for this country ? What harm will come if someone will stand? There is no question of patriotic certificate but certainly it will question their integrity that why one can't stand for some seconds only to mark respect for this country ? lt;br/gt;Again most common indians like us and not commis like you feel pride in standing for the anthem and whether they will be outside or inside they will stand and there will be no hypothetical ruckus that u presumed !lt;br/gt;Anyway thanks but no thanks !
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                              manu
                              Nov 30, 2016 at 9:49 am
                              "Somewhere in the crowd a crying child’s cries will merge with the melody of the national anthem" ..DID crying baby not made any sound when you made m prayer on sunday ? of ciouse if not...definetly that molested children on sunday made some cry..whcih you will not mind..as its happening in sunday holy work ..
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                                P.R.Koduri
                                Nov 30, 2016 at 2:16 pm
                                Much like the rest of us. I am not sure this part is part of our written consution.
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                                  Rajan
                                  Dec 1, 2016 at 11:15 am
                                  This should be extended to all offices (govt. or private), Legislative emblies (State or Central) and COURTROOMS. With doors closed, of course.
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                                    Rajan
                                    Dec 1, 2016 at 11:18 am
                                    You seem to be no small thinker.lt;br/gt;Would you prefer that people should pay their taxes and not be corrupt or stand for National Anthem before watching movies.lt;br/gt;Kindly choose your priorities rightly and spend energies accordingly.
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                                      RKJ
                                      Nov 30, 2016 at 11:57 am
                                      I stood alone in hall in a foreign country when national anthem was pla in movie - 'kahbhi khushi kabhi gam' though I do not bore nationalism on my sleeve. Long time back all cinema halls used play national anthem after movie was over. What is harm in entertainment with national pride?
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                                        RKJ
                                        Nov 30, 2016 at 11:57 am
                                        I stood alone in hall in a foreign country when national anthem was pla in movie - 'kahbhi khushi kabhi gam' though I do not bore nationalism on my sleeve. Long time back all cinema halls used play national anthem after movie was over. What is harm in entertainment with national pride?
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                                          Arun
                                          Nov 30, 2016 at 10:39 am
                                          hard hitting article. Movie theater is not the place to instill patriotism. Do it in Schools, colleges. How many colleges in india do this? May be a handfull. lt;br/gt;Secondly, forigners are not required to stand neither we can force them to when Indian national anthem is being player. Thus we are forcing them to disrespect our national anthem.
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                                            sai ansh
                                            Nov 30, 2016 at 11:21 am
                                            Love it when these sick libtards start blabbering senselessly.
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