File photo of the Supreme Court of India building. PTI
New Delhi: Audience in cinema halls do not have to stand up for the National Anthem if it is being played in the movie as a part of the its story line. Supreme Court has modified its order that audience need not stand when National Anthem is played as a storyline in a film, newsreel or documentary.
Discussion about whether or not it's necessary for a viewer to stand up every time the National Anthem is being played within a film has been going around since the time SC made it compulsory to play the anthem inside the theaters before a movie screening begins.
On November 30, SC ordered all cinema halls across the country to play the National Anthem before the screening of a movie. The court had stated that everyone present in the cinema halls must rise and pay respect to the National Anthem.
The decision was also appreciated by Union Minister of Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information & Broadcasting Venkaiah Naidu who claimed it to be a very good decision.
"It will inculcate patriotism among the youth of the nation," Naidu had said.