It is sad to see, people not standing up straight, tall during national anthems played in Movie theaters. I am not sure about any other city, but everywhere in Mumbai, the National Anthem is played before a movie starts. The problem is it is played before ANY movie… not all stand for the National Anthem. It is wrong to say that, ‘they don’t respect their country’ but it isn’t something that we look forward to.
I have been taught since childhood to stand in ATTENTION the moment you here The National Anthem. I still do the same thing. My brother laughs on me when I stand up in attention even if the National Anthem is played in a TV serial or a movie. I make it a point to stand up anywhere I am, when I hear the anthem playing. No one can stop me from doing this and I cannot force anyone to stand up for it.
I don’t understand why is the anthem played in a movie theater before the film begins? No offense, but I cannot see people disrespecting it. Standing for the anthem is mandatory only if you are physically challenged or mentally challenged, it is an exception. Still I have seen ‘challenged people’ giving respect to the anthem, by at least taking their hands to their heart. It’s all about giving respect. Respect can’t be forced, no matter what! It makes no sense to play the anthem before a movie, where half the people are outside the screen waiting for the anthem to get over and cribbing about it. I have seen people actually talking on the phone while the anthem is played. I have also seen in movie theaters couples holding each others hand while the anthem is played.
I don’t know why the anthem is played before a movie, I don’t know if there is a way to request someone to stop this rule which is leading to nothing but DISRESPECT. I mean, there can be a rule, where the anthem should be played before some specific movies. If I yell at someone or explain someone to stand up during the anthem, they might just tell me: ‘that’s none of your concern’ or ‘how the hell is it affecting you?’ I can always tell them that it is affecting my National Integrity and is a slap on an Indian’s face when we Indians can’t respect our culture. But where would this take us to? No where! This would end up on a rough note with no conclusions taken and people ending up as enemies.
I would certainly Google about: ‘where to request to stop playing the National Anthem in a movie theater before the movie begins?’ but still on a sad note would like to say: ‘Respect your own nation. If you don’t respect it, why will the outsiders do?’ we are born in the country which is known for its culture and brotherhood. People from foreign lands come to India just to capture our culture through their lenses or write about our culture. Standing up for the NATIONAL ANTHEM isn’t a BIG DEAL, right? It won’t take an hour of yours, just some minutes. That’s it! Can’t we stand up in respect for our NATIONAL ANTHEM?
I am posting a link of a heart touching video of the National Anthem and the respect given to it at the end of this post, play it only if you think you can stand up and give respect to it, otherwise, just IGNORE IT! Just do your bit! Also there is a poll embedded to this post, if you wish please VOTE! As we all know 1 Vote can make a DIFFERENCE!
Anyway people, Jai Hind!
- Jana Gana Mana: Leading me back home (myteeaphrodite.wordpress.com)
- Over 15000 people sing ‘Jana Gana Mana’ in unison; create world record (ndtv.com)
- Vidya Balan, other Bollywood directors and stars salute National Anthem World Record at Aurangabad (pavanrchawla.wordpress.com)