The Kashmir Files, a film about the genocide of the Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley, was released to rave reviews by audiences after multiple attempts were made to stall the film's release.
Four days since The Kashmir Files was released in theatres worldwide, the film is continuing to face hostilities by the vested interests. Now, IMDB has changed the rating method on its platform to downgrade the film.
In an unusual move on Monday (March 14), the IMDB changed the rating system on its website and downgraded The Kashmir Files from a rating of 9.9 to 8.3. IMDB is a hugely popular movie platform where users can rate and review films.
Explaining the move, IMDB said, "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."
With 252,181 IMDB users rating the movie, it has given a weighted average vote of 8.3/10.
Further explaining the unusual move, IMDB said, "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."
Earlier, multiple attempts were made by the Leftists and the Islamist ecosystem to stall the production and release of the movie.
In an interview with OpIndia CEO Rahul Roushan, director Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri had revealed that the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of a leading Over the Top (OTT) platform in the country had asked him to either remove the phrase 'Islamic Terrorism' from the dialogues of the movie or also use phrase 'Hindu Terrorism' for releasing the film on his OTT.
Agnihotri did not reveal the name of the OTT or the CEO but said he was very worried about not getting the expected performance in the Indian market.
In a conference on January 20, streaming giant Netflix Co-Founder and CEO Reed Hastings had expressed his worries about not doing good in the Indian market.
Even before the movie was released, NDTV had called it a propaganda movie. Film Companion, a platform about movies and Bollywood, had run harshly negative film reviews.
Reviewing the movie, Film Companion, a platform run by the wife of director Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Anupama Chopra, said, "The Kashmir Files is a defensive and dishonest drive into the past."
It added, "The filmmaking in The Kashmir Files is exploitative. None of it stems from a genuine space of understanding or curiosity."
Commenting on the review, director Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri said, "I think every victim of Kashmir Genocide, every Kashmiri Pandit, every Indian & truth seeker must read this brilliant review by Anupama Chopra's company, who herself is a Kashmiri Hindu's wife. Only she could have done this great service to 4000 murdered Kashmiri Hindus. Take a bow, ma'am."