In an impeccable order, the Supreme Court ordered all theaters across the country to play the national anthem before a movie is screened.
"People today do not know how to sing the national anthem and people must be taught. We must respect the national anthem," said the Apex Court.
The Supreme Court also stated that all persons present in cinemas must stand and respect the national anthem. That's not all.
The higher court also said that the national flag should also be shown on the cinema screen with playing the national anthem. The court gave the Center and the states 10 days to implement its order.
Responding to the Supreme Court's order, the Center said it would distribute the order to all state secretaries-general and would also publish in the print and electronic media.
The SC added that there should be no dramatization while singing and playing the national anthem either. The hymn must not be printed on an "undesirable place".
The SC court also stated that the national anthem should not be played on entertainment television programs because it can not be exploited commercially.
Although this practice of playing the national anthem before the cinema in cinemas has been there for a while, the practice has slowly been put to rest. With the last HC order, the practice would come into effect once again.
A formal interpretation of the national anthem usually takes fifty-two seconds. A shortened version composed of the first and last line (and taking about 20 seconds to play) is also staged occasionally.
We learn that the court ordered the formal restitution of the national anthem before the screening of a film.