Parody of National Anthem: Ram Gopal Varma Ki Nayi Aag
Volume 3 Issue 2 (2010)
This paper seeks to explore the legality of parodying the national anthem through an analysis of a recent Hindi movie, Rann’s version of the Indian National Anthem. I argue that the given situation falls outside the purview of the Emblems& Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, 1950 and the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971, the two Acts which were quoted by the Censor Board while removing the song from the movie. In the absence of a law prohibiting the same, the restriction is invalid and violative of free speech. Even if a separate law were enacted to govern the case of parody of a national anthem, it is likely to be still held violative of Article 19 (1)(a), as it would not appertain to the grounds on which speech may be restricted under Article 19 (2).