#yourspacewithHT: ‘Multiplexes need standardised prices’
As far as food is concerned, they can easily conduct security checks and the state government can come up with a list of food products which people can carry inside multiplexesUpdated: Aug 19, 2018 17:53 IST
Hindustan Times, Pune
Come up with a list of food products which people can carry
I don’t think bringing outside food to multiplexes will have any security issues. If you are genuinely concerned about security, then, increase security checks there. Many a times, they don’t even check the bags properly. First, the government or the multiplexes need to focus on that and then, they should worry about outside food.
As far as food is concerned, they can easily conduct security checks and the state government can come up with a list of food products which people can carry inside multiplexes.
This categorisation will help plan things better. Also, just like salon associations and other merchants, the government should come up with food audit and keep rates fixed at all the multiplexes which should be reasonable and as per the rate card. Buying popcorn at Rs 250 is not worth it, when the movie ticket price is less than it. The government should take strict action against those who are selling food items at an exorbitant rate.
Need for a standardised price chart
If there is a standardised price chart in place for food items other than packaged beverages and chips, the situation could be tackled better. Most people had welcomed the prior decision mostly because of the spiked rates of packaged and unpacked products in multiplexes.
With the government putting a proper cap on that, the problem of buying food from there might cease to exist in the first place. Because, despite the number of memes that floated around the internet after the decision, with people getting cooked food inside, no one really does that. Most people end up buying the same packaged food from outside at MRP.
The government can try and strike a balance between outside and inside food
I agree when they say that it could lead to security issues if we allow people to bring their own food, unchecked. Having said that, it does not mean I support the kind of cheating that takes place in multiplexes in the name of movie snacks. That should stop and the prices should be closely regulated so that they don’t skyrocket.
You are already paying a high amount to watch the film in a multiplex and above that, this compulsion is a deterrent to the entire experience. I believe the government can try and strike a balance between the two so that all the parties gain to some extent.
Pricing needs to be uniform across multiplexes
Recently, while watching a movie at the Carnival theatre in Mariplex, Kalyaninagar, my movie ticket cost Rs 210 and the popcorn (small) which I bought cost me around Rs 250.
There was not much difference in pricing of small, medium and large size popcorns which were around Rs 250, Rs 270 and Rs 300.
Also, basic things like regular water bottle should be sold at the same cost everywhere. Pricing needs to be uniform across multiplexes. Outside food will not hinder security. There are a lot of other loopholes in the security checks which needs to be addressed rather than blocking outside food.
We need a holistic approach towards the problem
The entire issue is a non-starter. How many times do we have to plan to get food inside multiplexes? I think food is about choice and we need to respect that. Prices need to be rational.
Even after allowing food, what is the guarantee that people will follow basic hygiene. It’s not only about cutting the prices or allowing food inside a theatre, we need a holistic approach towards the problem.
What about food which employees of a respective multiplex bring?
Even before this particular issue has come to light, citizens did take food inside theatres. Especially, students who go to watch movies in multiplexes often go inside with their tiffins. The multiplexes as well allow that. However, since the time the issue has reached the courts, multiplexes have started taking strict actions against it. Having said, so, the food which the employees of a respective multiplex get is outside food as well. Even that should be put an end to if normal citizens are not allowed to carry outside food in the multiplexes.
Outside food items should not be allowed inside considering hygiene issues
Whether or not outside food is allowed inside multiplexes, they should first curtail the rates at which they sell food. Also, they must have a cap on the food prices. The profit percentage is immensely high.
It is in a way stealing money from the pockets of the citizens. Outside food items should not be allowed inside as it might increase unhygienic conditions inside multiplexes. If the prices are reduced, people might refrain from getting food from outside.
A free drinking water cooler should be installed
Prices of food items and drinks are high in cinema halls. If they sell items on MRP, then people will not bring outside food to multiplexes. A free drinking water cooler should also be installed.
First Published: Aug 19, 2018 17:42 IST