SC’s National Anthem verdict: Why just cinema theatres, why not Parliament, ask Bollywood celebs

Ram Gopal Varma, Shekhar Kapur and Shirish Kunder rile against Supreme Court's verdict which makes it mandatory to play National Anthem before every film.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: December 1, 2016 5:09:19 pm
bollywood-759 Bollywood has spoken against Supreme Court’s verdict on National Anthem.

Bollywood seems to be divided over the Supreme Court verdict that makes it mandatory to play the National Anthem before the screening of a film and the apex court’s decision that everyone must stand up as a mark of respect. While Randeep Hooda has stood with the decision, calling it a duty to stand up when the National Anthem is being played, ace director Shekhar Kapur and Ram Gopal Varma have raised objections. The filmmakers took to Twitter and questioned how the decision will affirm nationalism among Indians.

In a series of tweets, RGV said, “Respect has to be felt and if it is enforced it will be faked which would be even more disrespectful to the #NationalAnthem. why National Anthem should be restricted to only cinema halls…why shouldn’t every shop ask the customer to see a video of it before entering shops? Under enforced National Anthem shouldn’t every tv programme and tv serial episode and Radio programs also be playing it? Should it be played even before every news report on tv that criticises our great nation’s great leaders policies?”

Shekhar Kapur said the same rule should be applied on Parliament sessions as even they are nothing less dramatic than a film. Shekhar wrote, “Hope Supreme Court orders Indian Parliament to sing our Nation Anthem before each session. Often its drama too is movie like.”


Filmmaker Shirish Kunder, choreographer and director Farah Khan’s husband, asked what will happen if someone disrespects the National Anthem, “This is just half the order. What’s the punishment if someone doesn’t stand for the National Anthem? Shoot-at-sight? Lynch? Jail? Hanging?”

Read what Ram Gopal Varma, Shirish Kunder and Shekhar Kapur has to say on Supreme Court’s verdict.

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Hinting at the decision to be politically motivated, Shirish said, “Just like Gau Rakshaks, will now emerge another cult: Rashtra Gaan Rakshaks. National Anthem ruling is a good initiative towards patriotism. The movie BORDER should also be compulsory before every movie screening.”

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However, industry’s A-listers, including Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Aamir Khan, have not yet expressed what’s their take on this step.

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