Why IMDB Top 250 list is misleading when it comes to Bollywood Films

I am ok if someone says IMDB reflects the POV of intellects/pseudo intellects/educated/ access to Internet Indians but if you tell me that because some Bollywood films are there in IMDb Top 250, they are “universally acclaimed” or “crossover” then you are fooling yourself. No one cares about bw movies beyond the desis and NRIs.

Here are some of the links to the reviews to Aamir khans Top 250 IMDb movies:

TZP: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0986264/reviews?start=20

PK : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2338151/reviews?ref_=tt_ov_rt

AAA : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109117/reviews?ref_=tt_ov_rt

Just go through the reviews. You wil hardly find any review from a non-asian. Almost all reviews are either from Indians, Pakistanis, NRIs living in US, Canada and so on. So this false impression that bcos its in Top 250 its a “universally acclaimed” movie is a total lie.

Now read the links of these films:

The Raid 2 (indonesian ) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2265171/reviews?ref_=tt_ov_rt

Oldboy (Korean) : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0364569/reviews?ref_=tt_ov_rt

Tom Yum Goong (Thailand) : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0427954/reviews?ref_=tt_ov_rt

Almost all reviews are from foreigners /locals of US, UK, netherlands and so on. hardly much reviews from their own countries. This is called a true “crossover” universally acclaimed films.

Aamir khan is a farce.

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11 Comments
  1. sputnik 5 years ago

    First of all the IMDB Top 250 isn’t some list of all the greatest movies ever made. There are many movies in that list only because some fanboys voted a lot for these movies. And these fanboys are either fans of comic book movies or sci fi movies or fans of Nolan, Quentin Tarantino, Scorcese, Kubrick and so on. Newer movies usually have higher ratings than older movies. Sure there are a lot of great movies in that list but some of them are totally overrated. I am not even going to go into relative ranking of them which is a absolute farce.

    Now coming to Aamir Khan movies in the Top 250 Andaz Apna Apna is not in the list. And as far as the reviews are concerned the people who write reviews may not be regular voters and vice versa.

    PK is at 249. Lagaan is at 213. Rang De Basanthi is at 150. Dil CHahta Hai is at 192. TZP is on 109. 3 Idiots is at 114.

    Of these I think only Lagaan deserves to be in Top 250. None of the other movies deserve to be in the Top 250. Aamir Khan fans have been voting for his movies on IMDB since a long time and that’s why his movies have had higher ratings than movies of other Bollywood stars. Now his movies also being in Top 250 suggests that many of these voters are also regular voters on IMDB for other movies. That’s why 6 of his movies have ended up in the Top 250.

    Fans of other Bollywood stars have started giving higher ratings to their star’s movies in only the last few years or so. That’s why SRK’s movies ratings have increased in the last year or so.

    Whenever a movie releases the ratings are very high initially but they fall down over time. I think Barfi, Kahani and many movies had very high ratings and they fell over time. I think PK had a 9+ rating when it released and Utkal had posted it on FB but it has now decreased. Akshay Kumar fan clubs were asking to give a 10 rating to Baby on twitter and FB. That’s why the initial high 9 rating for Baby on IMDB but it is 8.7 now.

    Here are tweets and FB posts asking Akshay Kumar fans to give it a 10 rating for Baby on IMDB.

    “Keep Watching #baby in theatres to take it to 100 cr and keep rating it here on IMDB to make it highest rated movie- http://imdb.to/1zTdge1

    https://twitter.com/AKFansGroup/status/560753775485276160

    “#Akkians show ur power,else #Baby will be below 9 in no time.Rate it 10 here – http://imdb.to/1BpI6WR
    rate #Spl26 – http://imdb.to/1BjkGT4

    https://twitter.com/AKFansGroup/status/560518639040729088

    “Rate Baby 10/10 here at IMDb. Baby is 2nd ranked here,Andaz Apna Apna is 1st.
    Rate it 10/10 and make it no. 1.
    Do it for Akshay!”

    https://www.facebook.com/rajatakkilover/posts/800176533364502

    • Baba 5 years ago

      Completely agreed with you. With hw movies yes many r overrated there but atleast they r reviwed by a wider audience. Their movies are watched n reviwed by ppl who dont know a thing about those stars. They just react to the movie.i think that is good enuff. But the reviews of our bw movies are all done by indians pakis nris. The others simply dont care

  2. sunil 5 years ago

    The biggest superstars of hindi movies are Akshay Kumar,Hrithik Roshan,Salman khan.
    These ratings are useless.

  3. MGT 5 years ago

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Boycott-films-of-3-Khans-BJP-leader-Sadhvi-Prachi/articleshow/46432130.cms

    “During her speech at the event, the sadhvi called for the boycott of movies by the Khans of Bollywood ast “their films are spreading a culture of violence” and advised youngsters not to idolize them. ”

    This seems good news for Baba who hates the Khans.

    • Baba 5 years ago

      no, this kind of stupidity i do not entertain. you have failed to understand my fight agaisnt the khan pr. it is not bcos i i have anything agaisnt their religion

      • MGT 5 years ago

        Khan PR is nothing compared to the younger stars who remain in news all thanks to their affairs and other activities.

        This younger crowd has hardly given any decent movie in the last 10 year.

        On the slightly older crowd Abhi has already confined himself to multi starrers and Hrithik
        is just too choosy to make a impact on regular basis.

        • Baba 5 years ago

          trying to be in news by affairs is a different thing. using relgion as a tool to defend and market each other is ridiculous and communal. both their PR and their fans are guilty of this.

          • MGT 5 years ago

            Btw they telecasted OMG on Colors yesterday and the movie is far superior and blunt than PK.

            But I can tell you if Aamir had mouthed the dialogues of Paresh he would be killed by now. He really took on the religions in a very daring and sometimes disrespecting ways.

            But like PK they too were soft on Muslims and Christians and talked about ills of Hindu religion.

            A good movie but nothing has changed. people think and do the way they were doing earlier.

          • MGT 5 years ago

            Except SRK no one uses religion to advance their cause.

            Salman calls himself Hindu since he his close to his mother who is a Hindu and practices all rituals. Aamir is a confirmed atheist.

            Most of their fans are girls and females who have liking for soft faced heroes.

  4. AAP 5 years ago

    “Except SRK no one uses religion to advance their cause. ”

    @MGT – That too I think because only he has his close roots in a now Pakistan. Peshawar. Emotional bonding maybe. All Khan films are high grossers for many years. Numbers speak for themselves.
    When it comes to PR none can match Akshay Any tom dick and harry of the industry knows how Akshay PR works.

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