Pa­tri­o­tism can­not be forced: Vidya Balan

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Ac­tor Vidya Balan has voiced her opin­ion on the con­tro­versy over play­ing the na­tional an­them in the­atres, say­ing pa­tri­o­tism can­not be forced. “I don’t think the na­tional an­them should be played be­fore films. You’re not in school where you start the day with the na­tional an­them,” said Balan. She 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. 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 board, I thought this as an op­por­tu­nity to bring about change,” she said. “So, un­less I agree to be part of that change or at least at­tempt to be part of it, I can’t crit­i­cise it any­more. Which is why I said ‘ok’,” she added. Balan said the board mem­bers are “on the same page and look­ing ahead”. On the GST con­tro­versy sur­round­ing the movie Mer­sal, Balan said a film was “ei­ther some­one’s imag­i­na­tion or in­ter­pre­ta­tion” and it should not be seen as mak­ing a po­lit­i­cal state­ment.

I don’t think the na­tional an­them should be played be­fore films. We’re not in school. Pa­tri­o­tism can­not be forced VIDYA BALAN, AC­TOR

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