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It’s our duty to stand up to national anthem: Randeep Hooda

Bollywood actor Randeep Hooda has said it is one’s duty to stand up when the National Anthem is being played and not doing so would be disrespectful.

bollywood Updated: Dec 02, 2016 18:05 IST
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Randeep Hooda will next be seen in Battle of Sargarhi.(Twittter)

Bollywood actor Randeep Hooda has said it is one’s duty to stand up when the National Anthem is being played and not doing so would be disrespectful.

Controversies abound over alleged disrespect of protocols while national anthem is played
  • OCT 20, 2016: Writer and poet Salil Chaturvedi, who is wheelchair-bound due to a spinal injury, was assaulted for not standing up while the national anthem was being played before the screening of a film at a multiplex in Panaji. Salil also represented India in wheelchair tennis at the Australian Open
  • MAY 23, 2015: Jayalalithaa created a controversy after playing a shortened version of the anthem during her swearing in ceremony for the fifth time. There is an official 20-second version of the anthem, but playing that during swearingin ceremonies is a violation of the Union home ministry’s rules
  • OCT 21, 2014: A gang of five abused and thrashed a media executive Mahek Vyas after his girlfriend Nicole Sobotker, a South African national, did not stand when national anthem was played. The police officer whom the duo went to file a complaint, told Vyas that Nicole should have stood up
  • OCT 8, 2014: Actor Preity Zinta asked a man to leave a theatre when he refused to stand as the anthem was played. She tweeted: "#bangbang be4 Bang Bang! Had2 throw a guy out of the theater as he refused 2stand up4 our National Anthem! Can u believe it? Now movie time"
  • 2008: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor was dragged to court in 2008 by an activist alleging that he interrupted the national anthem at a function in asking the audience to place their right hand on the chest instead of standing in attention. In 2013, a court discharged him
  • 1985: An educational institution in Kottayam expelled 3 for not singing the anthem. Belonging to a Christian sect called ‘Jehovah’s Witnesses’ they told that their faith did not allow them to do so. In 1986, the SC held that the school violated norms and ordered it to re-admit them.

In a bid to “instill committed patriotism and nationalism”, the Supreme Court ordered Wednesday that cinema halls across the nation play the National Anthem before screening of a movie and the audience must stand and show respect.

When asked about it, Randeep told reporters, “If they play the National Anthem, it is your duty to stand up and rise to it. I don’t see any problem. I have never ever had the feeling that I can sit and relax when my country’s National Anthem is being played, I don’t think that is in good taste neither it is respectful.”

The actor was speaking last night at the ‘Brand Vision Summit’, where he bagged an award.

Randeep has had a good year in terms of diverse movies ranging from Sarbjit, Sultan, Do Lafzo Ki Kahani and Laal Rang.

Randeep Hooda with his sister. (Twitter)

The actor said while it would be good if he gets an award for his work, not getting one wouldn’t take anything away from his hard work. “You can never work only for awards. You work for the moment, for the film and who recognises it or doesn’t, you have no control on that. I certainly have no control on that or never had. If I get, then good, if not, my work won’t become any less,” he said.

Randeep will be next seen in “Battle of Saragarhi, to be directed by Rajkumar Santoshi.

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First Published: Dec 01, 2016 12:31 IST