Ram Gopal Varma is currently busy shooting Sarkar 3 with Amitabh Bachchan, Yami Gautam, Jackie Shroff and others.(Twitter)
Ram Gopal Varma is currently busy shooting Sarkar 3 with Amitabh Bachchan, Yami Gautam, Jackie Shroff and others.(Twitter)

Why not national anthem in bars and clubs: Bollywood director Ram Gopal Varma

By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2016 10:48 AM IST

Bollywood filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma has made some strong and disparaging comments against the Supreme Court judgement making it mandatory for all cinema theatres to play national anthem before beginning of every film show. He took to Twitter on Thursday to express his views.

In a series of tweets, Varma came down heavily on the Supreme Court verdict and sought to know why national anthem should not be compulsorily played in all night clubs before drinking and dancing begins and not just in cinema theatres.

RGV is on a Twitter rant again, this time against the recent ruling of the Supreme Court that orders cinema halls to play the national anthem before every show.
RGV is on a Twitter rant again, this time against the recent ruling of the Supreme Court that orders cinema halls to play the national anthem before every show.

“Under enforced #NationalAnthem, shouldn’t every TV programme and TV serial episode and radio programmes also be playing it?” Varma asked. “Why #NationalAnthem should be restricted to only cinema halls? Why shouldn’t every shop ask customer to see a video of it b4 entering shop? (sic)” he tweeted.

The Bollywood director wondered whether singing of national anthem would be made compulsory in temples, churches and mosques before prayers begin. He also sarcastically suggested that like lead actor giving anti-tobacco message, the lead characters of film compulsorily sing national anthem twice - before and after interval.

Stating that 99 per cent of the Indians would fail, if there is an examination conducted on whether they understand the meaning of the national anthem, Varma said national anthem should have been in all languages so that all Indians would understand it.

In other tweets laced with sarcasm, Varma said: “Shouldn’t parents and children enforce each other to sing #NationalAnthem as soon as they get up from their bed before they begin their day? Shouldn’t #NationalAnthem be printed on every newspaper everyday on its front page before we start reading the news from 2nd page onwards? Should #NationalAnthem be played even before every news report on TV that criticises our great nation’s great leader’s policies?”

The filmmaker said respect has to be felt and if it is enforced it will be fake, which would be more disrespectful to the national anthem.

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