Maharashtra govt directs multiplex to allow outside food


Mumbai: The denizens of Maharashtra will soon be allowed to carry their own foods into the movie theatres. The Maharashtra government on Friday announced that movie-goers can carry their own food items inside theatres from August 1.

The announcement from the government came in the monsoon session of the Maharashtra Assembly after the Bombay High Court in June directed the state government to file an affidavit on what steps it is taking to regulate prices of food items at multiplexes.

Ravindra Chavan, the State Food and Civil Supplies Minister on Friday announced that food items from outside will be allowed in multiplexes from August 1.

The government will take action against theatre employees and owners who do not comply with the order, he added.

Earlier, a public interest litigation (PIL) was filed by city resident Jinendra Baxi. In his (PIL), the film writer and director highlighted that patrons are not allowed to carry their own food items and water bottles inside theatres when there is no legal restriction on permitting the same inside cinema halls, but fast food is being served in several theatres, especially multiplexes and also permitted to be consumed inside theatres, although there is a restriction imposed on the same by Rule 121 of the Maharashtra Cinemas (Regulation) Rules, 1966.


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