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last few weeks indian movies in top 250 increased rapidly. top 250 is getting weaker everyday. right now there are more than 15 indian movies. if there is going to be like that why imdb has indian top 250?
1. The Mountain II (Turkey) - 10.0 (56,571 votes) REALLY???
2. Aynabaji (Bangladesh) - 9.7 (14,026 votes)
3. Dear Zindagi (India) - 9.3 (5,872 votes)
4. Your Name (Japan) - 8.9 (7,473 votes)
5. Drishyam (India) - 8.9 (10,658 votes)
6. RangiTaranga (India) - 8.9 (9,306 votes)
7. Inception (USA/UK) - 8.8 (1,507,741 votes)
8. MSG the Warrior: Lion Heart (India) - 8.7 (6,077 votes)
9. Thani Oruvan (India) - 8.7 (6.936 votes)
Serious, IMDb. Do you guys REALLY think that there is nothing wrong?
If the formula currently allows these films to exist within the Top 250, what function does the 'Indian Top 250' serve?
And because the Indian Top 250 still exists, logic suggests this is an either/or problem. Either they are moved into the Indian Top 250, or all films which meet the formula criteria are allowed back into the standard Top 250?
I remember my first experiances with Indian film industry by 3 idiots and Like stars on earth when they first got on the top 250. I must admit I quite liked both of them and I was looking forward to see some more bollywood movies who might positvely surprise. Soon more Indian movies started to rise on top 250 and they just didn't stop. I saw four of them in a row that in my opinion were just plain bad with horrible over-acting, booring stories and cliche afther cliche. Every day good movies got replaced by a new Indinan one. Since I am a big IMDB fan, I was determined too see every new movie that got on the 250 list. Watching hours and hours of sincerly bad Indian material I started to resent those movies and started to resent the site for allowing them to get so high.
Then for a short time we got rid of them and even though I knew I couldn't trust the site completely anymore, especially with the Indian movies, at least top 250 remained a solid reference when talking with other movie lovers.
And before you know it, they are back... with a vengeance.
Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn!
I can assure you I'm not watching an hour more of Indian material before this strange voting gets fixed, even if that means I'm not having all 250 "under control". I'm sure that out there somewhere are still some Indian movies that are good in my opinion, or they are still to be made, but I first want to trust this site once again to help me find them out.
Col Needham, I beg of you, don't let us down on this one.
The problem lies with any film that has been subjected to ballot stuffing, so it doesn't matter if only 2 are Turkish and 10 are Indian. I don't mind if deserving films from these countries enter the list but the films in question have been voted on by a very specific demographic with extreme bias. IMDb used to have a pragmatic and effective policy on this issue; now they have done a complete U-turn without offering any explanation why.
Once more people rate these films, their ratings will drop. Many have already dropped several places (notably Andaz Apna Apna has gone down 34 places), so it is only a matter of time before the problem is solved, but by users rather than IMDb...
The trick isn't to snub foreign movies but to keep foreign movies that have objectively met with international acclaim or popularity, international is the key word (and it also applies to US movies)
The problem is that you can make all the requirements you want for the Top 250 eligibility (a certain number of US voters, votes from the Top 1000 etc.) you won't prevent hackers to create fake accounts or hack these films' way to the Top 250. You must find criteria that can't be affected by the votes from IMDb members, so forget about the votes and statistics, think about one simple and quickly identifiable parameter:
```````AWARDS & FILM FESTIVALS````````
It's as simple as that, if it's a foreign film with ONE nomination to an international, famous, if not prestigious, award (Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA, Golden Palm etc.) you keep it, if there are only festivals from the country the film belongs to, or even the region (Bombay International Film Festival, Filmfare, Asia Pacific etc.), you take it out. This is not just against Indian movies, even a French film that would only be nominated to the Césars wouldn't be eligible.
It's fair and square, and I checked, most of these incongruous presences would instantly disappear and be NEVER eligible. This is not a commentary about the quality of these films, but it really makes the Top 250 reward demographics rather than quality, it's like Morocco, Columbia or Hungary will always be screwed because no matter how popular one of their films are, there are less Hungarians, Columbians or Moroccans put together than Indians.
And with this new criteria, the other foreign movies (Rashomon, A Separation, Bicycle Thieves...) won't be affected and you'll have real Indian masterpieces like Lagaan, Salaam Bombay, The Apu Trilogy or Mother India as potential entries in IMDb Top 250.
India is the largest producer of films in the world and second oldest film industry in the world.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Film_industry
I guess we might never know, because IMDb don't seem to have a communicable response or a willingness to provide one?
The poll in the homepage doesn't even ask which Indian star we'd like to "discover", but which one is our "favorite", which means we're supposed to know every one of them.
I guess every critic of the new IMDb Top 250 would be like trashing Indian movies and we'd be guilty of some lèse-majesté crime.
From my perspective, India Spotlight further segregates Indian films (unnecessarily) from the mainstream site. It is trying to fix a problem that doesn't exist, while exacerbating the one that does. Just let high quality Indian Films in the Top 250 or move them all to the new Indian Spotlight/Top 250.
242. Chak De! India (2007)
229. Udaan (2010)
170. Sholay (1975)
169. Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. (2003)
160. Rang De Basanti (2006)
144. A Wednesday (2008)
103. 3 Idiots (2009)
84. Like Stars on Earth (2007)
And these don't:
158. Hera Pheri (2000)
157. Andaz Apna Apna (1994)
Can't say about these, because I haven't seen those:
207. Drishyam (2015)
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