The debate over playing of the national anthem at theatres rages on and leaders across industries have begun voicing their opinion. At a recent press conference, Vidya Balan made sure she was clear on her stand on the row saying that patriotism cannot be forced.
"I don't think the national anthem should be played before the films. You are not in school where you start the day with the national anthem,” the actor said.
"So I'm personally of the opinion that the national anthem should not be played. You cannot force patriotism," she further added.
Vidya Balan saw the opportunity to bring about a change when she was taken on board as one of the board members of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).
Speaking on her appointment Balan said, "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 censor board, I thought this as an opportunity to bring about change."
"So, unless I agree to be part of that change or at least attempt to be part of it, I can't criticize it anymore. Which is why I said 'ok', she added.
The national-award winner further went on to say, "I don't want to give it a particular tag and say 'Sanskari, Un-sanskari, forward."Vidya Balan would be seen next in ‘Tumahari Sulu’ releasing on November 17.