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The National Anthem Scene In "Dangal" Has Evoked Mixed Responses From Viewers

To stand or not to stand, that is the question.

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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.

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The decision was far from popular, as many felt that movie halls aren't appropriate venues for a show of patriotism and that it shouldn't be forced upon anyone.

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.

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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.

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Khan had stated that he and his wife had thought about moving out of India due to the growing atmosphere of intolerance in the country. The comment stirred a lot of outrage amongst right-wing conservatives.

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