Bombay High Court opined that cost of food and water inside multiplexes is very high and directed Maharashtra Government to soon frame a policy on the issue.
A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed by the city resident Jainendra Baxi against prohibiting outside food in the theater, on which petitioner’s lawyer Aditya Pratap Singh said that there is no such legal provision which prohibits outside food and water inside the theaters.
The division bench of justices S M Kemkar and M S Karnik was hearing the PIL on which they argued that if outside food is prohibited in multiplexes then they cannot have their own vendors selling food inside at such higher prices. Government pleader Purnima Kantharia said that after considering the suggestions by Multiplex Owners’ Association (the nationwide body of cinema theatre owners) and the petitioner, the policy will likely to be framed within six weeks.
Petitioner further claimed that restrictions on bringing outside food to theaters/ multiplexes, particularly affects the senior citizens, and those who can not eat, for the medical reasons, as the theaters sell only the junk food, he further said that the only concern for the cinema hall owners is to manage authorities, and the state must ensure that no safety or security rule was breached by the public visiting the theaters.