As per the new rules, for movie tickets that cost more than Rs 100, GST has been reduced from 28 per cent to 18 per cent, and for tickets cheaper than Rs 100, it has been lowered to 12 per cent from 18 per cent.
The court was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Jainendra Baxi, a film director, through his lawyer Aditya Pratap. The petition stated that there was no law that prohibits people from carrying their own food inside the theatres.
Earlier this month, Maharashtra government announced that there would be no difference in the MRP of food products sold outside and inside multiplexes in the state and viewers will be free to carry their own eatables inside the multiplex.
The petition had claimed that restrictions on bringing outside food to theatres, particularly affected the senior citizens, and those who could not eat, for medical reasons, "the junk food that the food stalls in theatres sell," the petition reads.