The Kashmir Files rating changed on IMDb; Director Agnihotri says it’s unethical
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Mumbai: The Kashmir Files, directed by Vivek Agnihotri movie, has stormed the box office, due to positive word of mouth publicity about the film dragging audiences to the theatre. The film, starring Anupam Kher, Mithun Chakraborty, is doing wonderful business.
The film has received good reviews from fans and critics. The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is the world's most popular source for information on movies, TV shows, and celebrities. It helps fans decide what to watch and where to watch it. It had been rated 9.9/10, but the rating system for this film has been changed and the film now stands at an 8.3/10 rating.
"Our rating mechanism has detected odd voting behaviour on this title," reads a message on The Kashmir Files' IMDb website. An alternate weighting calculation has been used to maintain the trustworthiness of our rating system".
With over 2 lakh votes, the rating is 8.3. While 94 per cent of those polled gave it a 10, only 4% gave it a 1. On the website, there was also a note that said, "Instead of raw data averages, IMDb displays weighted vote averages." The simplest explanation is that, while we accept and consider all user votes, not all votes have the same impact (or 'weight') on the final rating. When anomalous voting activity is identified, an alternate weighting calculation may be used to maintain the system's reliability. To ensure that our rating mechanism remains effective, we do not reveal the actual procedure utilised to calculate the rating.
The director of the movie Vivek Agnihotri called the change in the rating on IMDb unethical. He quote retweeted one of the tweets on change of the rating of the movie on IMDb.
IMDb user reviews are written essays in which IMDb users explain why they liked or disliked a title and offer other criticism. Ratings on IMDb are based on simple numeric votes cast by users for a title. Both are complementary: People can either vote on a movie or give a review, or both.