The State Chalachitra Academy Chairman and director Kamal has informed that before the screening of each movie at the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) national anthem will be played in theatres. 

 


The decision comes after the Supreme Court rule that “all the cinema halls in the country shall play the national anthem before the film starts and all present in the hall are obliged to stand up to show respect to the national anthem”. 

 


Kamal said if needed they would seek the Apex Court's directive on the matter.

 


On Wednesday, a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy had made National Anthem mandatory at all cinema halls across the country.

 


The court rule had kicked up a storm in the country with demands from various quarters that the anthem should be played not just in cinema halls but also at  Parliament and courts.

 


The 21st edition of IFFK, one of the most prestigious events in the state will begin from 9 December.