Former actor, author and columnist Twinkle Khanna has shared her views on the Supreme Court’s order to play the National Anthem in cinema halls before every film screening, in her latest column in the Times of India.
She points out that while she considers herself patriotic, perhaps the best opportunity to display it isn’t when she’s getting ready to watch Ranveer Singh flash his derriere in the latest Bollywood release, Befikre.
“I am admittedly one of those barmy women who get teary-eyed during our national anthem and bellow it out as loudly as we can, much to the embarrassment of our children. I have even gone on a tour to the Wagah border where, along with the 200 people sitting beside me, I too screamed myself hoarse with ‘Jai Hind’ and ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ competing vigorously with the Pakistanis raising their slogans across the border, because not having variable parameters to judge nationalism, we seem to simply define it by volume, hoping the loudest wins,” writes Khanna, in her column.
“But I still can’t wrap my head around how and why I am obliged to feel patriotic when I have merely booked tickets for Befikre, and am about to see Ranveer Singh in his tight red underwear,” Khanna goes on to say.
The Supreme Court last week instructed cinema halls to play the National Anthem prior to the beginning of the movies, saying it will instill ‘constitutional patriotism as well as committed patriotism and nationalism’.
Khanna clearly has a valid — and true to form, funny — counter-view. Read the full column here.
First Published On : Dec 13, 2016 14:03 IST