No need to stand up for national anthem played as part of film: SC

The apex court said the audience need not stand up when the national anthem is part of the storyline of a film, newsreel or documentary.

No need to stand up for national anthem played as part of film: SC

Modifying its earlier order ordering that everybody must stand while the national anthem is played in theatres, the Supreme Court today said the audience need not stand if the anthem is part of a film.

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 in the theatres before a movie screening begins.


The apex court said the audience need not stand up when the national anthem is part of the storyline of a film, newsreel or documentary.

The apex court’s verdict comes in the light of an incident in which a 59-year-old man from Mumbai was thrashed by a group at a cinema hall in the city, for not rising when the national anthem was being played during the film ‘Dangal’.

Last week, the court refused to give an urgent hearing on a plea seeking direction for framing of a policy to promote and propagate the national anthem, national flag and national song.