The trend of having popcorn bucket and a cold drink has become the real culture of the theaters in India. No-one is allowed to have the home food or other carry on’s when coming to the Indian theaters .
But breaking this stereotype ,Hyderabad has become the city to do so.
In response to an RTI query, the Hyderabad police recently announced that patrons will be allowed to carry their own food and water into a theatre.
Hyderabad based anti-corruption activist, Vijay Gopal, filed a query for which Hyderabad City Police responded.
Under the Cinema Regulation Act of 1955, there are no restrictions for patrons regarding food. “This rule has been there for many years but the theatre lobby almost banished it. Hence, such rules are good only on paper since the greedy exhibitors in the two Telugu states, will not allow patrons to carry food items in near future,” says distributor Venkateswar Rao, who says that four to five lessees are making more than 100 to 300% profits on foods and beverages.
In their reply to the RTI, Hyderabad police said that there exists no law in the Indian constitution, which can stop a movie-goer from carrying their own food inside a movie hall.
Mr. Vijay Gopal filed a complaint with the Hyderabad Consumer Forum in the year 2017 , regarding the same and INOX multiplex was ordered to pay up Rs 5,000. Also, an additional amount of Rs 1,000 was directed to be paid, as Vijay was charged extra for water bottles. On this, INOX was also asked to discontinue the unfair trade practices.
Hyderabad police have said that any citizen can file a complaint with the Legal Metrology Department, in case they feel a particular business is breaking the law.
The response also suggests that no single-screen theatre can charge a customer for providing 3D glasses. Plus, they should not stop a customer from carrying his/her own 3D glasses to a theatre if they do not wish to pay for it.
Maharashtra Government had recently allowed outside food to be carried inside cinema halls; there is a toll-free number where you can complain if you face an issue.
Same PIL was filed by Jainendra Baxi who is associated with the entertainment, through lawyer Aditya Pratap in 2017, claiming that there was no legal provision prohibiting one from carrying a water bottle and food items inside movie theaters.
After the busy schedules of our daily work and monotonous lifestyle ,movie theaters are worth going but if we have to pay the extraordinary amount for the tickets and upon that we need to pay for the snacks and beverages , it creates a hefty amount to pay.