The remarks by Supreme Court judge Justice D Y Chandrachud over playing the national anthem before the start of a film in a movie hall has once again triggered a debate. Hearing a plea filed by a film society seeking recall of the apex court’s earlier order making it mandatory for movie halls to play the anthem, Justice Chandrachud said, “Why do people have to wear their patriotism on their sleeve? People go to a movie theatre for undiluted entertainment. Society needs that entertainment”.
Veteran actor Kamal Haasan, director Madhur Bhandarkar, lyricist Javed Akhtar and others, too,have expressed their views on whether something like this should be mandatory or not. Trending under the #StandWithAnthem, there are many social media users who have given their opinion and conveyed what they feel about the order.
In my opinion whn ppl can stand in long queues 4 overpriced popcorn & samosas shouldn’t have issues standing 52seconds 4 #NationalAnthem 🇮🇳
— Madhur Bhandarkar (@imbhandarkar) October 25, 2017
we have so many identities but when we stand up for our national anthem with love n reverence in that precious moment we are only Indians
— Javed Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu) October 25, 2017
— Maj Surendra Poonia (@MajorPoonia) October 25, 2017
Singapore plays it’s national anthem every midnight.Likewise do so on DD. Do not force or test my patriotism at various random places.
— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) October 24, 2017
#StandWithAnthem Ordering 2 sing anthem is not right; but questioning the sanctity & respect of a nation’s flag should NEVER b entertained.
— Reuben (@IdeaVinci) October 24, 2017
#StandWithAnthem cinema is for recreation, so why stand?football match, is a recreation too, play national anthem, public & opp team respect
— Jaiprakash Vappala (@JVappala) October 24, 2017
my problem is nt with standin on natl anthem #StandWithAnthem.bt d problem is why do we have 2 play national anthem at all in movie theatres
— sandeep yadav (@sandy7250) October 24, 2017
Hey, it’s the National Anthem;
Go argue about something else!
— Adnan Sami (@AdnanSamiLive) October 25, 2017
An Indian must #StandWithAnthem but why shud it play in cinema halls? People come for entertainment, unwinding. Why forced patriotism there
— saifuddin (@saifsaasa) October 24, 2017
Clearly, public opinion is divided on this with some social media users saying that they did not understand the concept of standing up for the national anthem in cinema halls.