PIL In HC To Play National Anthem In Halls Before Film Starts

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New Delhi: A PIL has been moved in Delhi High Court seeking directions to the Centre and Delhi government to make it mandatory to play the national anthem in cinema halls before the start of every movie.

As a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal before which the petition was listed, did not sit today, the matter was listed for hearing on October 17.

The plea has been moved by a law graduate who is currently pursuing a career in Bollywood.  The petitioner, Harsh Nagar, has claimed that the practice of playing the national anthem existed in Maharashtra and some southern states.

He has contended that till a few decades ago, playing of the national anthem was mandatory after the screening of movies, but the “ritual” was stopped as people used to rush out of theatres immediately after the film was over.

He said that he had written letters the Centre and Delhi government to make it mandatory to play national anthem before a movie starts, but has received no response till date.