Protesting against high prices of popcorn, beverages and other food items in cinema halls, the workers of Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena thrashed a theatre manager in Pune. In a video that was widely circulated on the internet, MNS workers were seen slapping and abusing the manager.
MNS workers said that popcorn worth Rs. 5 are being sold at Rs. 250 in movie theatres despite Bombay High Court saying that the price needs to be reduced. “We asked the manager to read news reports, he said, don’t know how to read Marathi. Then we dealt with him MNS style,” Kishor Shinde one of the MNS workers who hit the manager told news agency ANI.
The Bombay High Court on Wednesday observed that prices of food in multiplexes are high. “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 had said.
“We understand if the state can’t permit the public to carry food from home. But, then why can’t it step in and regulate the prices of food sold inside the cinema theatres,” it said.
The bench also noted that senior citizens or those suffering from some medical condition such as diabetes, often need to eat at regular intervals and that they can’t always eat what is sold at the multiplexes.
“Basically, you (the association, multiplex owners etc) are compelling the public to purchase and consume what you sell at a price that suits you,” the bench said.
The bench has directed the state to file an affidavit within four weeks clearing its stand on introducing necessary regulations.