Harsh Nagar the young actor, who is all set to make his mark in Bollywood with his upcoming film, Love Day recently wrote a letter to Prime Minister for playing National Anthem in movie theatres. As the actor feels it is important for all of us to respect the national song of our country.
Though, in many countries it is mandatory to play National Anthem in movie theatres and it is even in Maharashtra but the actor feels that it should be mandatory all across the nation.
He has also sent letters to various government functionaries and all those who are holding key offices across the government. The list also includes Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and even Akhilesh Yadav, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister.
Here is what he has written
“Few years back, I visited south and went to a theatre, I was asked to get up for National Anthem, I was really moved by such system prevailing there. Then in 2010 when I shifted to Mumbai, again I saw the same thing prevailing in Maharashtra. I wrote to the then Chief Minister Smt. Sheila Dixit ji, but probably the letter may not have even been brought to her notice and no response whatsoever was ever received.
As a mark of respect to the nation, the practice of playing the national anthem at movie theatres is followed in many countries. In India some decades ago, it was mandatory to sing National Anthem after the screening of movies in cinema halls, however in a rush to leave theatre, spectators did not stand up during the National Anthem and thus it was disrespected. This patriotic ritual faded with time and completely stopped after a while.
The decision has been overwhelmingly welcomed by the people of Maharashtra. It aims to promote patriotism among the members of the audience. Most of us may be too busy to think of our country all the time but certainly we should spend few minutes to show respect and support and to our country.
I am sorry to state that after school, we all forget and hardly get an occasion to get up and sing our National Anthem, with soul and pride except seeing in T.V on 15th August or 26th January.”