The Supreme Court says that people are not obliged to stand up when the national anthem is played as part of a film or a documentary.
On November 30, the apex court had made it mandatory for patrons in a theatre to stand up when the anthem is played. Differently-abled persons have exemption from standing while the national anthem is played in theatres.
The court had also asked the cinema halls to display an image of the tricolour on the screen when the anthem is played.
The apex court further clarified that the doors of the theatre should be closed while the anthem plays, but need not be bolted.
A number of safety experts had raised questions over the earlier ruling that mandated closing of doors during the national anthem.