National anthem played in cinema halls: Home Ministry comes up with an instruction list

In the advisory, the ministry primarily asked states not to permit the commercial exploitation of the national anthem

National anthem played in cinema halls: Home Ministry comes up with an instruction list

The Union Home Ministry has come up with a list of instructions to states and union territories after Supreme Court's order on national anthem on how it should be played in theatres and public places. The MHA's advisory to  Chief Secretaries of all state governments and administrators of all union territories left a space for interpretation. The apex court had asked MHA to take necessary action in this.


In the list, the ministry primarily asked states not to permit the commercial exploitation of the national anthem. Nobody would be allowed to take financial advantage or any kind of benefit.

WHAT IS THERE IN THE ADVISORY ?

  • The national anthem should not be utilized in a manner where the person involved with it directly or indirectly had no commercial benefit or any other benefit

  • Dramatisation of the national anthem will not be allowed and it should not be included as part of any show. This is because when the national anthem is played, it is of vital importance for everyone present to show due respect and honour.

  • No part of the national anthem should not be put for display when such displays at places would be disgraceful to its status and tantamount to disrespect.

  • Cinema halls have to show national flag when the national anthem is played.

  • All the cinema halls across India should play the national anthem before starting a feature film and everyone present is obliged to stand up to show respect for it. The theatres should close the entry and exit gates so that no disturbance would be caused while playing the national anthem. The doors will be opened when the national anthem is over.


In its modified order in December, the Supreme Court had exempted differently abled persons from standing when the national anthem is played in theatres across the nation. It also changed their stand on theatre's doors being closed and said it need not be bolted before the screening of a film.

However, the new advisory from MHA left this clause ambivalent, leaving it to cinema owners whether they lock the door or not.