Mumbai, Aug 8: In a volte-face, the Maharashtra government told the Bombay High Court on Wednesday that allowing people to bring their own food to the theatre would pose a security threat. The court said, “How can people carrying food inside theatres be a security threat when they are carrying it for self-consumption?” It also added that barring people from doing so, on the other hand, forces them to consume junk food. “If you restrain people from carrying their homemade food inside theatres, you are compelling them to eat junk food,” it observed. Also Read - Sushant Singh Rajput Death Case: CBI, NCB, ED Deny Leaking Information To Media, Tell Bombay HC 'We Know Our Responsibility'
Hearing a PIL challenging the prohibition on carrying outside food to movie theatres and multiplexes in the state, the High Court had questioned the government over foods items being sold at exorbitant prices in multiplexes. “The prices of food and beverages sold in multiplexes are exorbitant. Sometimes, some food articles there are more expensive than even the movie tickets,” the bench said. Also Read - India Got Freedom Due to Agitations, Says Bombay HC, Allows Protest Against CAA in Beed
Last month, the state government had said in the Assembly that people would be allowed to carry their own food to cinema halls and multiplexes across the state. The decision was announced by state Food Supplies Minister Ravindra Chavan while making the statement on the motion tabled by Maharashtra NCP Legislative Council Leader of Opposition Dhananjay Munde. Chavan also said that there couldn’t be different price tags on the same food product sold at multiplexes and outside. Also Read - Peaceful Protesters Are Not Anti-Nationals in a Democratic, Republic Country: Bombay HC
Earlier in June, workers of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) had beaten up a Pune theatre manager during a protest over the high prices of food items at theatres and multiplexes. MNS worker Kishor Shinde, who was seen thrashing the manager, later offered by way of clarification that popcorn worth Rs 5 was being sold at Rs 250. “We told manager to read news reports, he said don’t know how to read Marathi. Then we dealt with him MNS style,” he had said.