Arvind Swamy has questioned the recent order of the supreme court, which made singing of national anthem mandatory in cinema halls.
The Thani Oruvan actor posted on his social media page: “With all due respects, Why should the national anthem be played before the start of a movie? Can anyone explain?”
He said further: “I can understand playing the anthem where the country is represented or like a big sporting event with tens of thousands of ppl…”
“Exits in theatres or in any place with so many people inside should not be blocked… anthem or no anthem, hope they review this decision. 1997, Uphaar, a very, very tragic incident… exits blocked… pl do not allow or encourage blocking of exits in public places/gatherings,” the Roja and Bombay hero said.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered all cinema halls across the country to play the national anthem before the screening of films and that all present must “stand up in respect” till the anthem ended. It said the practice would “instill a feeling within one a sense of committed patriotism and nationalism.”
Cinema halls should also display the national flag on screen when the anthem is played, it said.
A Bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy said it is time people expressed their “love for the motherland.”