Movie lovers were on cloud 9 when Maharashtra Government said that they can take home cooked food or nay other outside food into the cinema halls. It was a big relief to middle class people who end up paying triple the charges for food and drinks sold inside the halls. On July 13, the Maharashtra Government had told the assembly that moviegoers will be allowed to carry food inside the cinema halls from August 1.
However, the government has now taken a blunt U-turn as it now calls the outside food a security issue. An affidavit was submitted yesterday in Bombay High Court in which the government mentioned that allowing moviegoers to carry outside food may create a social issue.
The affidavit submitted by Venkatesh Bhat, deputy secratery, Home Department read, “Although there is no specific provision in the Maharashtra Cinema (Regulation) Rules 1966 to prohibit viewers from taking their own food items or water inside, as per the opinion of the director general of police, carrying own food may create chaos and may lead to security issue.”
It further said that administration will Multiplexes to ensure water and packaged food items to not be sold above MRP.
While contradicting, counsel of Multiplex owner association said that entry to Multiplexes is restricted and it is a business venture, and therefore the prices of goods sold inside cannot be regulated.
Well, even after the announcement by Government that outside food will be allowed from Aug 1, there was no change witnessed in the cinema halls. The moment of joy didn’t actually bring any joy in reality. The reality check showed no changes in the regulations. And with this U-turn of the government, we shall not expect anything now.