The Kashmir Files, directed by Vivek Agnihotri, is doing extremely well at the box office. Fans and critics alike have praised the film, which was released in theatres on March 11th.
On IMDb, a popular website that hosts cinema and television audience reviews, the film received a 9.9/10 rating. The Kashmir Files’ rating system, however, has been altered, and the film now has an 8.3/10 rating.
A message on the IMDb page of The Kashmir Files reads, “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.”
The rating stands at 8.3 with over 2 lakh votes. While 94% of people gave it a 10 rating, 4% of people rated it 1. A further note on the website 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.”
Vivek Agnihotri, who directed the film, soon reacted to the rating change and called it unethical.
THIS IS UNUSUAL AND UNETHICAL. https://t.co/Iwcc7yQCGk
— Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) March 14, 2022
The film tells the true story of brutal sufferings endured by Kashmiri Pandits in 1990, during the Kashmir insurgency. The Kashmir Files’ cast features Anupam Kher, Mithun Chakraborty, Darshan Kumar, Pallavi Joshi, Bhasha Sumbali and Chinmay Mandlekar, among others.