Sunday, 2 March 2014

IMDb; Undeniable & Readable Write Up Of Bollywood Movies!



IMDb (Internet Movie Database) is very in vogue among all movies buff for its immense and authentic information related to movies, personalities, television programs and many other details that make it abundant useful for us everyone. In origion of India too, it gained enormous popularity in last few years and also increasing by passing time. Alexa (a web informer) shows that India is 3rd biggest country in term of IMDb's viewership only behind  than America and China.

Well, apart from what IMDb is, we have come to analyse or give write up about of delineation of Hindi movies (we are refering to Bollywood) rating on IMDb. We're looking up what kind of strategy or mindset Bollywood movies lovers consider when rate any movie on IMDb. We'll also clarify some of accusation often we obtrude on IMDb for users of the site being biased towards their favorite stars, overrating or underrating movies, overseas and domestic box office performance, effectiveness of its rating etc.

For making picture clear, we have collected data from IMDb that makes fact easier to understand. This data is featuring highest rated Hindi-language feature films with atleast 10,000 votes. Have a look below:

S. No.Movie's TitleYearIMDb RatingNo. Of Votes
1Andaaz Apna Apna19948,715 300
2Dil Chahta Hai20058,621 900
3Sholey19758,616 200
4Rang De Basanti20068,635 100
5Taare Zameen Par20078,646 200
6Gangs Of Wasseypur20128,620 400
7A Wednesday20088,515 200
8Bhaag Milkha Bhaag20138,517 900
93 Idiots20098,5101 000
10Munna Bhai M.B.B.S20038,515 300
11Swades20048,525 500
12Hera Pheri20008,411 000
13Lagaan 20018,432 100
14Udaan20108,316 600
15Barfi20128,331 700
16Paan Singh Tomar20128,310 900
17Chak De! India20078,319 000
18Kahaani20128,322 000
19Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge19958,218 500
20Black20058,216 200
21Lage Raho Munna Bhai20068,212 000
22Dev D20098,113 200
23OMG: Oh My God!20128,112 800
24Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara2011824 800
25Jab We Met2007813 600
26Kal Ho Na Ho2003819 600
27Vicky Donor20127,914 500
28English Vinglish20127,911 400
29Special 2620137,812 400
30My Name Is Khan20107,837 400
31Kai Po Che20137,810 600
32Water20057,810 600
33Raanjhana20137,711 300
34Kuch Kuch Hota Hai19987,713 500
35Veer Zaara20047,714 900
36Jodhaa Akbar20087,611 100
37Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na20087,610 800
38Rockstar20117,613 800
39Devdas20027,514 800
40Monsoon Wedding20017,416 800
41Talaash20127,416 400
42Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Ghum20017,415 800
43Ghajini20087,317 200
44Fanaa20087,211 200
45Aashiqui 220137,211 600
46Don20067,213 000
47Don 22011724 500
48Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi2008715 100
49Jab Tak Hai Jaan2012727 500
50Main Hoon Na20046,810 200
51Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani20136,711 600
52Om Shaanti Om20076,514 800
53Dabangg20106,312 200
54Chennai Express2013619 800
55Dhoom 32013617 900
56Ek Tha Tiger20125,313 000
57Ra.One20114,720 000
58Bodyguard20114,410 400
59Gunday20141,342 000


Note: This data is till February 2014 and we have taken adjoint neighbouring for No. of votes.
Fectual error by IMDb: Delhi Belly has 12,100 votes. Still it's not included in this list.

There are only 59 movies which are capable to enter into this list. Although this numbers are quite less considering what number of movies bollywood produce every year, still it's sufficient to reckon some facts. Have a look:
  • After having a look of this chart, it's very clear that the new generation of Bollywood cine-goers has shown their inclination to vote for contemporary movies on IMDb. In other words the new age generation vote their own generation movies in majority. There are only 4 movies of pre 2000's listed into this chart unlike Hollywood movies where we can see many old movies having good numbers of votes, even some of them give nice competition to new released movies. Well, we have too some of internal played out masterpiece from pre 70's, many of them having above 8 IMDb rating. But hadn't listed according to its criteria.
  • It's also clear that IMDb is getting more attention from multiplex audiences. Movies like Gangs Of Wasseypur, Udaan, Kai Po Che, Dev D, Black which had less mass appeal and also failed to gross sufficient box office numbers, having nice number of votes., where blockbuster movies like Ready, Rowdy Rathore, Dabangg 2 etc don't have good numbers of votes. In other words, may people enjoy masala genre movies in theaters but they come to vote movies on IMDb which usually being considered quality movies or which are critical acclaimed. They want to show their applaud to those movies. We would like to mention that quality of a movie may be state of mind. So, no offence here.
  • About accusation on IMDb ratings being biased by superstars-fan culture and amount of votes dependent on bigger star, we partially agree, not fully, cause there are always big stars-impact and it should be. Please have a look again at list. It has Shahrukh's 17 movies, Amir Khan's 10 movies, Salman Khan's 4 movies and Hrithik Roshan's only 2 movies out of 59 movies. Don't all these deserve what they have got? We say, of course they got what they should have had. If, it would have been only fan based rating, then this list should have been dominated by the films which starred big superstars like Salman, Shahrukh, Aamir, Hrithik etc. Here we take an example, look at Dev D (2009) and Devdas (2002) and number of votes both movies have got, There is a difference of approx 1,600 votes. Devdas had big star cast and it was a hit at box office window, on the other hand Dev D, without face value & despite the failure at box office, managed to get so many votes. If we go with this accusation then there should be a really big difference and Devdas rating should be much much more than Dev D. But, here's the point; Dev D has higher rating (8.1) whereas Devdas has 'only' 7.5. It makes Dev D a better movie than Devdas. So, it's all about judging quality of movie.
  • As Margaret Fuller says, "Nature provides exceptions to every rule", how IMDb could discrete to it. Let's see an example; Gunday has got huge votes and vey very low rating and that too in just of few days after release. Where a Bollywood movie takes couple of years to cross 30K votes, Gunday gained that number of votes in just one week. Infact, Gunday has gained 1st rank in IMDb Bottom 100. Well, we have visited many other trusted sites, collected plenty of reviews' rating and averaged it. We've come to know that it is not that awful movie as IMDb rating shows. But unfortunately it's being said that in Gunday, it's shown something offensive about Bangladesh and that it was a try to manipulate the history of Bangladesh. The votes Gunday got, are only based on the hatred towards the movie over offensive portrayal, not related to the movie's actual worth. So, we shouldn't be dubiousness on efficacy of IMDb taking one or two movies.
  • Don't worry if you see different releasing year/date of any movie because IMDb consider the first release date as release date, not when they get theatrical release in India. It means that the release date on IMDb can be the date when a Bollywood movie is shown in another country or in any film festival before release in India. That is why 'Ship Of Theseus' & 'Shahid' (both films had their world premiere at the '2012 Toronto International Film's Festival') releasing year is shown as 2012 on IMDb whereas it got theatrical release in 2013 in India. You can also vote for such movies before they get released in India since IMDb voting is automatically started after its first release. As Anurag's next psychological thriller Ugly's voting has been started despite the fact that it hasn't gotten theatrical release in India yet. It was screened at the '2013 Cannes Film Festival' and is going to release in India this year.

Some Statistics:

Only two directors' (considering who has directed at least two movies) all movies are included in the list of 'Highest Rated Hindi-Language Feature Films' with atleast 10,000 votes. 
  1. Rajkumar Hirani: Munna Bhai M.B.B.S (2003), Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006), 3 Idiots (2009)
  2. Neeraj Pandey: A Wednesday (2008), Special 26 (2013)

Both Shahrukh Khan & Aamir Khan's all post 2006 movies are included in list of 'Highest Rated Hindi-Language Feature Films With Atleast 10,000 Votes' If we don't take Billu (2009) and Dhobi Ghat (2011) into account as they were not lead stars in those movies.


There are only 5 Bollywood movies have managed to enter in the list of 'IMDb Top 250' and surprisingly 4 out of 5 movies are Aamir Khan starrer. It vindicates Aamir Khan's perfection for sure.

1. Taare Zameen Par (2007): 8.6, Top 250 #123
2. 3 Idiots (2009): 8.5, Top 250 #127
3. Rang De Basanti (2006): 8.6, Top 250 #142
4. Lagaan (2001): 8.4, Top 250 #200
5. Swades (2004): 8.5, Top 250#231

*Gangs of Wasseypur might join this list very soon.


Note: IMDb uses some methods for IMDb Top 250 list. Because of that you will see different rating of all movies listed in this chart as compared to actual rating of the movies. Among above mentioned movies except Swades, all four have 8.2 rating on IMDb Top 250 page which is different to their actual rating. We woluld like to share the reasons:
- Only non-documentry theatrical releases running at least 45 minutes with over 25,000 votes are considered. Before July 2012 minimum numbers of votes needed to be included in this chart were 3,000. But, in an effort to keep this chart and voting system relevent and accurate, they have changed it.
- The 'Top 250' rating is based on only the rating of "regular voters", all other user's rating is ineligible. Although, who are these "regular voters", it has been kept secret. IMDb has stated that to maintain the effectiveness of the top 250 list they deliberrately do not disclose the criteria used for a person to be counted as a regular voter. 
-  Top 250 films are based on a weighted rating formula reffered to in actuarial science as a credibility formula.


Lage Raho Munna Bhai was first Hindi feature film (also 1st Indian) who entered in IMDb Top 250 on 13 July '07 but came away in next few days. Infect, a lot of movies enter and come away to this list many times. All those are:
  1. Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006) first entered on 13 May '07 (Not in current Top 250).
  2. Taare Zameen Par (2007) first entered on 31 Dec '07. Came away on 16 July 2012 due to 25,000 votes needed policy. Re-entered on 22 January '13 when it had finally completed 25,000 votes. 
  3. Rang De Basanti (2006) first entered on 26 Sep '08. Came out and re-entered on 16 November '13.
  4. Dev D (2009) first enterd on 6 March '09. (Not in current Top 250)
  5. Andaz Apna Apna (1994) first enterd on 4 Aug '09. (Not in current Top 250)
  6. 3 Idiots (2009) first entered on 11 Jan '10. Came away on 16 July '12. Re-entered on 22 January '13.
  7. Kahaani (2012) first entered on 8 April '12. (Not in current Top 250)
  8. Gangs Of Wasseypur (2012) first entered in the list on 16 July '12. (Not in current Top 250)
  9. Lagaan (2001) first entered on 15 Dec '13.
  10. Swades (2004) first entered on 24 Feb '14.

There're four Bollywood movies feature in the list of IMDb Bottom 100 With At Least 1,500 Votes:
  1. Gunday (2014): 1.2, Bottom 100 #1
  2. Himmatwala (2013): 2.1, Bottom 100 #28
  3. Ram Gopal Verma Ki Aag (2007): 2.1, Bottom 100 #40
  4. Tees Maar Khan (2010): 2.4, Bottom 100 #82 

There're only four Hindi feature movies in list of IMDb Top 50 Highest Rated Thriller Films:

  1. Sholay (1975): 8.6, Top 50 #15
  2. Gangs Of Wasseypur (2012): 8.6, Top 50  #18
  3. A Wednesday (2008): 8.5, Top 50 #25
  4. Paan Singh Tomar (2010): 8.3, Top 50 #47.
We have created a separate table for another Top 13 Lowest Rated Hindi Feature Films With At Least 1,000 Votes. Have a look below:

S. No.Movie's TitleYearIMDb RatingNo. Of Votes
1Gunday20141,342 000
2Himmatwala20132,12 800
3RGV'S Aag20072,12 800
4Aap Ka Surroor20072,21 100
5Jani Dushman20022,32000
6Tees Maar Khan20102,44 900
7Love Story 205020082,61 400
8Joker20122,62 100
9Rascals20112,81 200
10Jism 220122,82000
11Aap Mujhe Achche Lagne Lage20003,12 000
12Drona20083,11 400
13Cash20073,41 300

Because of an unidentified reason, on January 2013, IMDb has enhanced rating of many Bollywood movies adding 0.3 or 0.4. We tried hard to find out the reason, but couldn't succeed, since IMDb keeps its policy confidential.

Hollywood director Alfred Hitchcock has most number of films in IMDb Top 250. And this huge number is 9. Another interesting fact is that all these films are pre-60's.

Some Of The Best Hindi-Language Featured Movies Of Pre-90's:

S. No.Movie's TitleYearIMDb RatingNo. Of Votes
1Anand19718,86 200
2Gol Maal19798,53 900
3Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro19838,44 500
4Chupke Chupke19758,32 600
5Guide19658,32 400
6Pyasa19578,22 300
7Mughal-E-Azam19608,22 800
8Masoom198381 600
9Salaam Bombay!199885 400
10Deewar197583 414
11Mother India19577,93 100
12Awaara19517,91 800
13Kaagaz Ke Phool19597,91 959
14Abhimaan 19737,91 300
15Mera Naam Joker 19727,92 000


It's interesting to see that many films from our industry has been listed in Best Feature Films Of World Releasing Every Year With At Least 1,000 Votes. Have a look below at the Best Feature Films Of Last Ten Years (At least 1,000 Votes):

Year : 2013
S. No.Movie's TitleIMDb RatingVotesRank
1Bhaag Milkha Bhaag8,517 9002nd
2The Lunchbox86 40029th
3Madras Café7,98 40032th
4Special 267,812 40045th
5Kai Po Che7,810 60048th

Year : 2012
S. No.Movie's TitleIMDb RatingVotesRank
1Gangs Of Wasseypur8,620 4002nd
2Barfi8,331 7005th
3Kahaani8,322 0007th
4OMG: Oh My God8,112 80013th
5Ship Of Theseus8,12 10016th
6Vicky Donor7,914 50018th
7English Vinglish7,911 40019th
8Shahid7,81 80033th


Year : 2011
S. No.Movie's TitleIMDb RatingVotesRank
1Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara824 80011th
2Pyar Ka Panchnama7,76 70030th
3Delhi Belly7,712 06840th


Year : 2010
S. No.Movie's TitleIMDb RatingVotesRank
1Udaan8,316 6006th
2Paan Singh Tomar8,310 9007th
3I Am Kalam7,91 60020th
4My Name Is Khan7,837 40027th
5Do Dooni Chaar7,72 10042th


Year : 2009
S. No.Movie's TitleIMDb RatingVotesRank
13 Idiots8,5101 0001st
2Dev D8,114 20012th
3Gulaal8,04 90014th
4Wake Up Sid7,69 80048th


Year : 2008
S. No.Movie's TitleIMDb RatingVotesRank
1A Wednesday8,515 2002nd
2Rock On!!7,97 70024th
3Mumbai Meri Jaan7,92 90025th
4Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye7,96 60028th
5Dasvidaniya7,93 30029th
6Aamir7,84 20034th
7Jodhaa Akbar7,611 10049th
8Jaane Tu… Ya Jane Na7,610 80050th


Year : 2007
S. No.Movie's TitleIMDb RatingVotesRank
1Taare Zameen Par8,646 2001st
2Chak De! India8,319,0004th
3Jab We Met823 70016th
4Johnny Gaddaar84 80017th
5Manoroma Six Feet Under7,92 40029th
6Guru7,78 20041th


Year : 2006
S. No.Movie's TitleIMDb RatingVotesRank
1Rang De Basanti8,635 3001st
2Khosla Ka Ghosla8,36 7005th
3Lage Raho Munna Bhai8,212 0008th
4Omkara8,16 7009th
5Dor7,93 00024th


Year : 2005
S. No.Movie's TitleIMDb RatingVotesRank
1Black8,216 3003rd
2Iqbal8,14 7005th
3Water7,810 60026th
4Sarkar7,85 60028th
5Socha Na Tha7,83 30029th
6Rocket Singh7,83 90030th


Year : 2004
S. No.Movie's TitleIMDb RatingVotesRank
1Swades8,525 3001st
2Black Friday8,44 8003rd
3Ab Tak Chhappan7,92 40030th
4Lakshya7,97 00031th
So, It was our write up about IMDb with lot of hope that Bollywood may do better and better, set benchmarks in international films industry and enter into every top IMDb list by huge numbers. Any question and suggestion is welcomed.


author-picAbout The Author:
Ankit Prakash is not a writer. He is just a simple movie lover who likes quality movies. He is a member of Team Bollywood CineTalk. This write up was written by him accidently ;-)
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