The Supreme Court judge, Justice D Y Chandrachud said, “Why do people have to wear patriotism on their sleeve? People go to a movie theatre for undiluted entertainment. Society needs that entertainment.”
He gave this statement after hearing a plea filed by a film society seeking the recall of the court’s previous decision of making it mandatory for movie halls to play the national anthem before the movie.
Actors like Kamal Haasan, director Madhur Bhandarkar etc expressed their opinions over this debate, that whether or not playing national anthem in movie halls should be mandatory. Internet users took to social media to express their views on this using the hashtag @StandWithAnthem. Here are some tweets:
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
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
Hey, it’s the National Anthem;
Go argue about something else!
— Adnan Sami (@AdnanSamiLive) October 25, 2017
#StandWithAnthem People groan abt standing up for 52sec in movie hall for National Anthem… Wow! & say don't need to prove 'Patriotism'🙄🤔
— Anand Narasimhan (@AnchorAnandN) October 24, 2017
— Shivaani K Talwar (@ShivaaniKTalwar) October 25, 2017
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) October 25, 2017
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) October 24, 2017
We can line up for hours in queue at theatres but not stand for 52 seconds for our national anthem: #StandWithAnthem
— Sahdev Singh Ranawat (@dr_ranawat) October 26, 2017