Cinemagoers around the country are not allowed to carry their own food into the movie theatres and they have to pay the hefty prices for food inside the food court of the movie theatres. However, Bombay High Court in June directed the state government to take stringent actions to regulate the prices of food at multiplexes. After the petition filed by filmmaker Jainendra Baxi, the Court observed that the prices inside the movie halls are quite exorbitant and sometimes even more than the cost of the ticket.
Therefore, Maharashtra government passed a policy allowing the people to carry outside food inside the cinema halls and multiplexes from August onwards in the state. However, it appears like the multiplexes are not following the orders of the court.
In a surprising turn of events, the activists of the political party Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) created a brawl in front of the PVR cinemas in the Phoenix Mills at Lower Parel, Mumbai. Apparently, they were stopped from entering into the cinema hall because they were carrying outside food with them. While the MNS activists were trying to reckon with the situation, the theatre management called the police to stop the ruckus by MNS.
MNS leader Sandeep Deshpande alleged that the police was supporting the PVR management instead of going by the state government’s orders which said that the cinemagoers would be allowed to take outside food in the theatres from August 1.
While addressing the media, MNS leader Sandeep Deshpande said:
“We had booked fifteen tickets for a movie and we brought our own food. Police prevented us from entering the premises with the food so we told them, as per the state government resolution we are permitted to carry outside food. Police repeatedly spoke on behalf of the multiplex management, saying it was not allowed and stopped us.”
Check out the video of the ruckus caused by MNS party activists:
This incident has caught the attention of the Twitterati as they have reacted with supporting arguments for the actions of the MNS activists. Netizens have commented opinions on their rights to be allowed outside food in cinema halls and are also demanding regulated food prices inside the theatres.
Take a look at some of the comments:
Maharashtra police abide by declaration in assembly by minister or paid by multiplex owner. Shame shame . Police stoping common man from taking food outside. Govt. Working for industrialist and rich .@RajThackeray @ShivSena #Marathi #Maharashtra #Maharashtrapolice
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— harish (@Harishhardikar) August 6, 2018
Indeed it is!
Its not ruckus its his right to buy food at correct rate which is the right upheld by The Court and secondly administration is not doing their job to ensure Court’ order is implemented.
— Samrat Mhatre (@Samratmhatre) August 6, 2018
Well don. These kind people understand only KhalKhatyak language
— विजय स्वामी (@shyvijay) August 6, 2018
Please do the needful!
@ncbn Please implement stringent action on Multiplex owners who are making a fortune by robbing customers on food and refreshments.Looks real that #Telangana administration is better than AP .You are not doing any good for common man.Just looting is happening @AndhraPradeshCM
— Vasishta Nagalla (@vasishtanagalla) August 5, 2018
But when the multiplexes do not allow entry of outside food & drinks, including water when someone is supposed to be there for hours, prices of such items there MUST be regulated.
— জয় আই অসম (@joy_agarwal) August 1, 2018
Time to take an action!
— Jai Hind (@AayushSaxena786) August 4, 2018
Only if they allow!
will go and watch only when multiplex reduces the rates of Samosa Cold Drink Popcorn and allow us to carry home food
— Games Bond (@pramodvaidya476) August 3, 2018
*Maharashtra govt. allows people to carry food inside multiplexes*
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