The film The Kashmir Files made on Kashmiri Pandits is in a lot of headlines at this time. The film is getting from positive response from the audience. At the same time, a section of the society is angry about the film and they believe that an attempt has been made to tarnish their image in the film.
The Kashmir Files has been trending on social media for three consecutive days, but suddenly IMDb has downgraded the rating of ‘The Kashmir Files’. IMDb changed ‘The Kashmir Files’ rating from 9.9 to 8.3 citing “unusual activity”. The Director of the film Vivek Agnihotri called it unethical. The film was rated 9.9/10 on IMDb, a popular website hosting film and television audience reviews. However, the rating system of ‘The Kashmir Files’ has been changed and the film is now rated at 8.3/10.
A message on ‘The Kashmir Files’ IMDb page read, “Our rating mechanism has detected unusual voting activity on this title. To preserve the reliability of our rating system, an alternate weighting calculation has been applied.”
Another note was shared on the website which read “IMDb publishes weighted vote averages rather than raw data averages. The simplest way to explain it is that although we accept and consider all votes received by users, not all votes have the same impact (or ‘weight’) on the final rating. When unusual voting activity is detected, an alternate weighting calculation may be applied in order to preserve the reliability of our system. To ensure that our rating mechanism remains effective, we do not disclose the exact method used to generate the rating.”
At the same time, the director of the film has expressed displeasure over this by tweeting. He has tweeted – “This is unusual and immoral. Obviously the rating of IMDb matters for any filmmaker or audience.”