Where Are We With The Maharashtra No-Food-Ban-In-Theatres Buzz?

This is a thing to be thought upon, just one state’s (Maharashtra) multiplexes will be having this flexible law from 1st August, 2018 – as we read in the news, people will be allowed to carry their own food inside the multiplexes.

Recently in the Nagpur assembly, Maharashtra Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis was asked by a leader of opposition that is outside food allowed in the multiplexes? From 1st August everyone in the State of Maharashtra will be allowed to take food inside the multiplexes, and if they are not allowed then respective action against the theatre owner and the employees will be taken. This is a good step because everyone cannot afford the exorbitant rates of food in the theatre, and even if they can afford they shouldn’t pay above the market rate and buy it.

The Maharashtra government is working on imposing another ban on the food items which are sold inside the theatre. The problem is with the pricing, the theatre owners have kept such a huge margin, above the MRP of the packaged food or any food, which is extremely costly. What remains the only concern for the customers is that the law should be covering this issue faced by them.

What is more surprising is that as per the Maharashtra Cinemas (Regulation) Rules, 1966, no cinema can stop a person from taking food inside. If anything as such takes place an action against the person who is violating the law can be taken.

There is already a PIL filed and it is pending in the Bombay High Court. This comes from the Secretary of the Multiplex Association of India, Prakash Chaphalkar, “The matter is subjudice. We are waiting for the High Court to give its order, which we are ready to implement.”

This law should be made universal all over the country, but can this happen overnight in India? It is difficult but possible. The law should be made universal for all the states so that the people who go for movies don’t have to burn their pockets.

Let’s wait and see. What do you think?

Samyak Sheth
Samyak Sheth

A traveller and journalist who views the world wearing multi-coloured goggles. He believes that life is to live not to survive.

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