I remember when we were kids and went to watch any movie at the theatre (Which were very few and far between) they used to play the National Anthem at the end of the movie. But after a time they stopped it since the crowd- once the movie was over, just walked off from the hall not waiting to stand and pay respect to our National Anthem.
Recently we went to watch the kannada movie ‘GaaLipata’in a fairly new theatre.We went right on time (which rarely ever happens) and as we were settling down the following message came on screen ‘Please stand up for the National Anthem’.I admit I was pretty surprised – generally,we only get to see some advertisements or trailers before the movie begins.But I was glad that everyone at the theatre stood up.Some with popcorn/pepsi in hand too.
The video was about our Indian soldiers at the Siachen border in freezing cold and snow. There is one shot that really got to me – Heavy,bone chilling winds with snow thats blowing so hard that its almost knocking the Indian flag down. But there stood 1 soldier who was using his entire body to support the flag post and prevent it from falling and trying to hold it upright.I really had goose flesh on my arms seeing that.
I do and have stood up everytime I hear our National Anthem – thanks to an ingrained habit since school where we had all those Independence Day and Republic day celebrations and years of being in the school band set.
And I have a lot of respect to those great men/women leave their families and be prepared to bearthe harsh winters and desert summers to protect India’s borders.
My standing ovation to all those soldiers who fight for our country in inhumane conditions while we enjoy life in our cities.
Mera Bharath Mahan!