Play national anthem in all cinemas before film screening: Supreme Court


The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday ordered that the national anthem must be played in all cinema halls across the country before a film is screened and that everyone present must stand to pay respect to it.

“People now-a-days don’t know how to sing national anthem and people must be taught. We must respect national anthem,” the top court said

The apex court also said that the along with the anthem the national flag should also be show on the movie screen.


Further, the SC said the national anthem must not be played on entertainment TV shows as it cannot be commercially exploited. Of national anthem is allowed. There should not be any dramatization while singing and playing the national anthem either.

The anthem must not be printed on an “undesirable place” either.

Following the order, the Center said it will circulate the order to all states’ chief secretaries and will also publish it in the electronic and print media.