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Play national anthem before running film: SC

The cinema goers in India will soon taste nationalism before watching a film. They will have to stand-up in respect for country’s national anthem Jana-Gana-Mana…which will be played by the multiplex or cinema hall owners.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed that the national anthem be played in cinema halls across the country before the screening of a film and people in cinema halls should stand up when the anthem is played and the National Flag be shown on the screen at the time.

It said, there should not be any dramatisation of the anthem and it should not be printed or displayed on undesirable objects.

The court also said, a person cannot take commercial benefits by playing the anthem.

The apex court directed the Centre that the order should be given effect in a week’s time and be circulated to all the States and Union Territories.

Centre has welcomed the Supreme Court’s verdict. Talking to reporters outside Parliament, Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu said it will promote the spirit of nationalism among the people. He said he is happy over the decision.

Party Secretary Shrikant Sharma said BJP welcomes the order as the national anthem and tri-colour unite the country.

Another party leader, Nalin Kohli said the order is a reminder to people that they should have affection and duty towards national institutions and symbols.

Earlier, the Apex Court directed that cinema halls across the country must play the national anthem before the screening of a film and people should stand up as a mark of respect.

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