Tamil Nadu state theaters are continuing to play the national anthem prior to the screening of the movie as the management has opted the “Wait-and-Watch” style. On January 9, the Supreme Court has directed that the frolicking of the national anthem would be an option for the theater management before the screening of the movie. Later, an inter-ministerial committee was set up by the Central government for deciding on the issue.
An official from SPI film theaters have a chain of multi-screen cinema theaters in Mumbai and Coimbatore, Chennai and other states of South India, during a media interaction mentions that after several management discussions on the verdict from the Supreme Court, they decided to continue to play the national anthem as they observed no rebellion from their customers.
Chromepet, the southern suburb of Chennai has a theater called “Vettri” that comments on the issue to the media that they have opted to wait and watch to the response of the customers on playing the national anthem prior to deciding any stand. The management stated that they will continue to observe for a few weeks more and then opt for one option.
In the South Indian states, the most famous theaters like “Ambiga Cinemas” in Madurai and “Krithika Cinemas” in Coimbatore are also continuing to play the national anthem. The owner’ federation and President of TN theaters, Abhiram Ramanathan commenting on encouraging the national anthem play in the theaters mentions that his association members are not very firm on stopping the national anthem from playing from the screening but that’s their choice.
He further mentioned that the association is willing to play the song; however, the final decision of stopping or continuing of playing the national anthem remains in the hands of the management of TN theaters. He also mentions that in the current scenario the question is who will first take the initiative to stop playing the national anthem.
V Suresh, the Madras High Court advocate comments on the issue and states that the theater owners’ might be under the political pressure which is resulting in the continuity of playing the national anthem.