Audience Refuse To Stand Up For National Anthem During Movie Shows in Kolkata

Kolkata: It was only recently that the Honorable Supreme Court directed it a mandate for film theatres to play the national anthem before the screening of a movie. Theatre owners in Kolkata find the new rule tough. A booking clerk at the Regal Theatre, SK Jha told a newspaper that, “Most people come here for pornographic entertainment and a majority belongs to the poorer sections of society. How can one expect a crowd coming from a slum to watch ‘Matric Pass 2’ to stand while the national anthem is being played? The movie hall screens adult films.

Audience Refuse To Stand Up For National Anthem During Movie Shows in Kolkata

Audience Refuse To Stand Up For National Anthem During Movie Shows in Kolkata
Audience Refuse To Stand Up For National Anthem During Movie Shows in Kolkata

Theatres Find New Rule Tough to Implement

There are a few theatres find it difficult to implement the new rule as there is no power to force people to stand. They would need to seek the help from the police. “There are only 11 staff members in all here. It is not possible to leave all our work and engage in asking people to stand while the anthem is playing,” said the booking clerk, Mr Jha. Also, The Society Cinema Hall manager Dr S A Ferozie said, “…We will have to get police backup because more often than not, people will ask us why we are bothered if they don’t stand”.

There are some theatres which used to play the National Anthem earlier than the Supreme Court directive was issued. They said even then people refused to stand and that always had been a problem as people would leave the auditorium before the anthem was over said another staff of theatre screening adult movies. Meanwhile, movie goers feel there is nothing wrong in not standing.

One member from the audience of Regal Theatre said, “I love my country but I have come to watch this film for a different purpose. Why should anyone try to thrust nationalistic feelings upon me? I love my country and I don’t need to display it at a time when I have come to watch an adult film.” The Multiplexes do not have any issues with this order.

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