Allowing outside food in multiplexes

For once, I do not agree with this decision by Maharashtra State Government.

As per the decision, multiplexes cannot stop viewers from carrying their own food inside the multiplexes and consume it there. This was in a response to PIL filed with the Court and comments by the Court. There are some fundamental flaws with the PIL and this decision.


  1. First of all, the multiplexes are neither charity nor state-run operations. These are legitimate businesses run by businessmen to earn the profit. 
  2. These multiplexes are given the food licenses, which allow them to store and sell food items. If the product doesn't have MRP mentioned, the business owner can decide to sell it at whatever price she deems fit. No one should be dictating it. 
  3. These multiplexes are for entertainment purpose and do not come under the purview of Essential Commodities Act. Why should the government control the prices of items and services sold by these establishments?
If someone has a problem with the food prices in the multiplexes, he/she can either choose not to go to that multiplex or can choose to eat outside before/after the movie. Most of the movies these days are only about 2 hours and most of us can survive without food for a couple of hours. 

Since it allows viewers to carry anything inside, one needs to get ready to have an additional dimension while watching the movie - various types of smells and sounds of opening containers!



The only thing that should be controlled by the government is the availability of water inside the multiplex - Free water should be available. If someone wants bottled water, it should be available at MRP and this price can't be different than the one available outside. 
What do you think?

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