The National Anthem Scene In "Dangal" Has Evoked Mixed Responses From Viewers
To stand or not to stand, that is the question.
Earlier this month, the Supreme Court had made it mandatory for the national anthem to be played before all movies, and for everyone present to rise for it.
The ruling has led to acts of violence, with people getting beaten up in theatres by fellow audience members for not standing up during the anthem and "insulting" it.
The Aamir Khan-starrer Dangal has now found itself at the heart of the debate, thanks to a scene that involves the national anthem being played in its entirety towards the climax.
The moment has seen people rise up in respect in theatres across the country.
However, many viewers have stated that they felt obligated to stand only in order to avoid untoward incidents.
Others have written about how no one in their halls stood up at all.
Of course, a lot of people did stand up of their own volition because they felt the moment.
It should be noted that despite the inclusion of such a patriotic scene, the hashtag #BoycottDangal still trended on Twitter thanks to Khan's remarks about intolerance last year.
Despite the controversy, Dangal has already grossed over ₹100 crore in just three days since its release.
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