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Vidya Balan's take on National Anthem - 'you can't force patriotism'
The contention and debate over the National Anthem still continues, from commoners to celebrities, politicians to intellectuals, each have their own opinion, their way of interpreting nationalism, and decoding patriotism.

Bollywood stars too have echoed their opinion time and again on any new thought, ideas or beliefs.

Vidya Balan, who has been quite vocal in her expressions, recently spoke on the controversial row of playing the National Anthem in theatres. She said in an interview that she has been standing in theatres when the National Anthem is played but she did not did not tilt her head all in glory when it came to the forceful implementation of patriotism in the country. She feels that the National Anthem should not be played before a movie in theatres.

The actress has her own individual opinion on the very debatable subject.

"So I'm personally of the opinion that the National Anthem should not be played. You cannot force patriotism," she said.

The actress has always mirrored an intelligent insight on various issues; the national award winner actress has been portraying roles which reflect fiery independent women personalities. Though she was not on a defiant mode while debating on the very controversial issue rather she emphasized the fact that she loved her country and has always been on the patriotic side.

Balan said, "... But I don't need to be told. When I hear the National Anthem, I stand up wherever I am."

The actor is one of the board members of the Central Board of Film Certification. She also pointed out the fact that being a member gave her an opportunity to usher new changes in 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 censor board, I thought this as an opportunity to bring about change," she said.

She has been quoted saying, "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 also remarked on the controversial bits surrounding Tamil movie 'Mersal' saying that the film was "either someone's imagination or interpretation" and it should not be taken as making a political statement.

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