- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Indian moviegoers will have to wait at least 54 seconds longer to see the main attraction when they go to the cinema.

The Supreme Court for India issued a ruling Wednesday that requires theaters to play “Jana Gana Mana,” the country’s national anthem, prior to every movie screening.

Variety magazine reported the decision also requires audiences to stand at attention during the song and for auditorium doors to be kept closed during the playing of the anthem.

“The time has come when people must respect the national anthem which is part of constitutional patriotism,” wrote Justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Ro in their ruling, Variety reported. “People must feel that it is their country. It is because of the country that they are enjoying freedom and liberty.”

The Supreme Court expects compliance with the edict starting in 10 days, Variety reported.

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