Look for ‘Free’ Wa­ter at the Mul­ti­plex

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Once upon a time, go­ing to the cin­ema was easy. With a fifty-ru­pee note in your pocket, all you had to do was take off the school tie, loosen the col­lar but­ton, and hop on to the lo­cal bus that would stop right in front of the cin­ema theatre. Nor­mal tick­ets were nor­mally priced, pop­corns were white, co­las came in glass bot­tles, and you could carry your own wa­ter in­side the hall. Then what hap­pened? Well, the pop­corn counter changed in its con­tours, for one. Two, the colour of wa­ter changed as it be­came a prized com­mod­ity – to be sold over the counter and made profit on.

Dr Prem Lata, Consumer Awak­en­ing For­mer Mem­ber, CDRF-Delhi

The Com­mis­sion had ruled that cin­ema halls must pro­vide free drink­ing wa­ter as it was a ba­sic ne­ces­sity and not ev­ery­one might be in a po­si­tion to af­ford it at the ‘ex­or­bi­tant rates’ at which it was avail­able in the halls.

“A movie watcher may in­clude old and in­firm per­sons as well as chil­dren for whom it would be dif­fi­cult to man­age with­out wa­ter for three hours or more. Wa­ter be­ing a ba­sic ne­ces­sity for hu­man be­ings, it is oblig­a­tory for the cin­ema hall to make

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