All the films I've seen in India, I've seen them in the cinemas of Maharastra. The last one was the beautiful Bajirao Mastani that I've seen in a Nashik cinema.
Before of the film on the screen appeared the Indian flag and was played the Indian national anthem.
I thought it was a custom or a requirement for all Indian cinemas. In fact this occurred only in the Maharastra cinema, the State of Mumbai, and in those of Goa.
Until November 30, when the Supreme Court of India ruled that in all Indian cinemas before the film projection screen should look like the Indian national flag and has to be played the Indian National Anthem.
The decision is the answer to a petition to the Court by Shyam Narayan Chouksey, a retired engineer, who was offended when, only one in the movie theater, stood up during the playing of the anthem
and the other spectators asked him to sit because covered their vision.
From this fact he started his campaign in favor of the Indian anthem which ended with the decision of the Supreme Court.
The court also ruled that during the performance the spectators must stand up and that all the cinemas of India have ten days to fulfill this obligation.
In its explanatory memorandum, the Supreme Court has highlighted the need to instill respect for the anthem and the national flag, according to the top court, “a time has come, the citizens of the country must realize that they live in a nation and are duty bound to show respect to National Anthem, which is the symbol of the constitutional patriotism and inherent national quality.”
The text of the Indian national anthem, Bharata Deshiya Gitam, was written by Rabindranath Tagore and is entitled Jana Gana Mana ie "You are the ruler of the world", here's a translation from Wikipedia:
Thou art the ruler of the minds of all people,
Dispenser of India's destiny.
Thy name rouses the hearts of Punjab, Sind, Gujarat and Maratha,
Of the Dravida and Orissa and Bengal;
It echoes in the hills of the Vindhyas and Himalayas,
Mingles in the music of Yamuna and Ganga and is chanted by
The waves of the Indian Sea.
They pray for thy blessings and sing thy praise.
The saving of all people waits in thy hand,
Thou dispenser of India's destiny,
Victory, victory, victory to thee.
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