Multiplexes, Cinema Halls cannot disallow homemade food, says court

Multiplexes, Cinema Halls cannot disallow homemade food, says court
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If homemade food is disallowed by the multiplexes and cinema halls, the owners can be sued in court

The Hush Post: Cinegoers have always been complaining of being fleeced by the canteen and eatery contractors at the cinema halls. With the coming up of multiplexes, this practice of fleecing the people got further aggravated. On top of it, people were not allowed to bring food from outside or homemade food in the multiplexes. But not many know that the multiplex or cinema owners cannot disallow home cooked food inside their premises and if they say no to the homemade food, they can be sued.

No cinema or multiplex owner can disallow homemade food in multiplexes or cinema halls. This also stands true for the northern region comprising Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh. Advocate Munish Purang confirms that recently Mumbai HC gave orders which as a referral can be replicated here as well.

Earlier, the Bombay High Court said that patrons can’t be stopped from getting their own food and water inside the movie halls while at the same time vendors are allowed to serve the same at huge costs.

“Either, there should be total prohibition – no one should be allowed to carry or serve food inside theatres or multiplexes or the viewers should also be allowed to carry their own food and water bottles,” said the division bench of justice Shantanu Kemkar and justice Makrand Karnik. “They cannot compel viewers to buy food articles at irellavant prices.As per the PIL filed by advocate Aditya Pratap,e court was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by city resident Jinendra Baxi, challenging the ban on packed food and water bottles inside cinema halls, especially multiplexes.

Baxi argued that the ban infringes the basic fundamental rights of a human being what with the medically conditioned or disabled and senior citizens for whom consumption of homemade food is a must.



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