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Amidst debate on nat’l anthem in movie theaters; Vidya Balan opines against ‘coercion’

Amidst debate on nat’l anthem in movie theaters; Vidya Balan opines against ‘coercion’

Known for her bold and offbeat roles, actress Vidya Balan opined that patriotism cannot be forced. She said this in context of ongoing debate on whether national anthem need be played in movie theaters.

Balan said that she loves her country and would go to any length to defend it. “But I don’t need to be told. When I hear the national anthem, I stand up wherever I am,” she said.

“I don’t think the national anthem should be played before the films. You are not in school where you start the day with the national anthem,” said Balan, while speaking at an event here.

“So I’m personally of the opinion that the national anthem should not be played. You cannot force patriotism,” she said.

The actor, who is one of the board members of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), said she saw the opportunity to bring about a change when she was asked to join the board.

“The entire film industry was feeling a certain way with the previous censor board. And then, when I was asked whether I’d be able to be on the censor board, I thought this as an opportunity to bring about change,” she said.

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