Mumbai: Elderly man thrashed in movie theatre for not standing up during national anthem before Dangal screening

An elderly man from Goregaon was beaten by a drunk at a cinema hall on Wednesday evening, after he didn't rise for the national anthem tune that was being played in one of the scenes of the movie Dangal.

Mumbai: Elderly man thrashed in movie theatre for not standing up during national anthem before Dangal screening

An elderly man from Goregaon was beaten by a drunk at a cinema hall on Wednesday evening, after he didn't rise for the national anthem tune that was being played in one of the scenes of the movie Dangal.

Amalraj Peter Dasan, 59, was punched in the face by Shirish Madhukar, 52 who has been booked under the Indian Penal Code sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 504 (insult with intention to provoke breach of peace) by the Goregaon police, reported Times of India.


Madhukar told the police that he had consumed alcohol before he arrived for the movie, and was "taken over by patriotic zeal that reflected in the movie". Madhukar was detained for a few hours after the incident.

Recalling his trauma, Dasan said he had gone for a 7.30 pm show of Dangal, and ironically, he and his wife were the only ones rising for the national anthem before the start of the movie as the hall was empty.

"It was the scene where the protagonist's daughter wins the gold medal and the national anthem's tune is being played in the background. Suddenly, a man who was obviously very drunk, started screaming at everyone. He was shouting filthiest of abuses and asking people to stand up," Dasan said, adding the commotion took him completely by surprise.

"I didn't realise he was demanding that peo ple rise to the national anthem tune. Before I could react, he landed a punch on my cheek.My wife was horrified as I took a few seconds to recover from the blow. By this time, the movie hall's security managed to pin him down and the cops took him away," Dasan said.

The Goregaon police said investigation will continue, even as police sources said Dasan and his family have decided to `forgive' the accused, Madhukar.