The Supreme Court of India passed an order on Wednesday stating all cinema theatres to play the national anthem ahead of every screening of movies.
The apex court said that the national flag should be displayed on the screen during the time the national anthem is played. The order said that every person present in the theatre must rise and pay respect to the national anthem.
"When the national anthem is played it is imperative for everyone to show honour and respect. It would instil a sense of committed patriotism and nationalism," the court said.
The top court also said that under no circumstances an abridged version of the national anthem can be played. The SC also said that the national anthem should not be printed or displayed on undesirable objects.
The Supreme Court was hearing a petition filed by a Bhopal-based activist Shyam Narayan Chouski.
The Court directed the centre to circulate the order to the chief secretary of all states within a weekâs time, and also publicise the decision via electronic and online media.
Currently, some states such as Maharashtra already have laws to play the national anthem at the beginning of movie screenings.