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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    Aniket Pandey
    Jul 28, 2017 at 8:52 pm
    See, first of all you lack the smartness to turn irony into entertainment- your thinly veiled sarcasm was evident from the very beginning. If you have so much problem with our national anthems being played in Cinema, y not leave India and start afresh in Karachi or Islamabad ? Too much of an intellectual u r, aren't u??
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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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