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Wed, Dec 14, 2016 8:05 AM

IMDb India

We are excited to bring to you an IMDb experience catered to the interests of the millions of movie & TV fans in India. Today we launched www.imdb.com/india. Now, in addition to using IMDb as the authoritative destination for international films and TV shows, you can rely on us as an entertainment destination that will keep you up to date on the latest and greatest Indian movies.

Bookmark www.imdb.com/india/trending to stay current with “What’s Trending in India” across upcoming movies and celebrities,updated daily.

You can now plan your movie nights based on the “IMDb TopRated Indian Movies” list that includes movies in Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam,Telugu, and Bengali. The list is ranked by a rigorous formula which includes the number of ratings each movie received among other criteria. To complement the movie recommendations based on inputs from IMDb users, you will also discover recommendations based on our editors picks. Our editors put me through an Amitabh Bachchan quiz today. I scored a measly 5/10 – clearly I have more BigB movie watching to do.

I am proud and humbled to see millions of people across the world using IMDb every day. IMDb was born out of my personal film diary and lifelong obsession with cinema. IMDb’s first version was the simple database I created on my computer of every film I saw since the age of 13. I encourage you to visit IMDb and join the community of passionate movie fans across the world.I have 234 Indian movies on my watchlist currently, and my most memorable Indian film is 3 Idiots (2009). What is yours? Tell us using the hashtag #IMDbIndia

Col Needham,


CEO & Founder

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72 Messages

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7.8K Points

5 y ago

Hi All,

Thank you for voicing your concerns and continual feedback regarding the www.imdb.com/india launch. I’m making this post to assure you all that we are still keeping track of all feedback posted in this thread, both past and present. In addition, we will be taking note of this feedback with any continued site updates that are made.

Thanks Again,

Kurt / IMDb

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966 Points

Great non-committal reply.

I think it is pretty evident from the feedback that we need action, not words. When will we get the settings to change the default behavior of imdb.com to India or International? Are there any timelines for implementing this?

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94 Points

Hi Kurt,

We all really hope the "site updates" are sooner than later. please. just give us the option to have or not to have indian movies news. just a check box saying "indian movies news". it shouldnt be hard at all!!  I still wonder why was this mandatory in the first place? why not release the Bollywood stuff and just have an option whether to display it or not. 

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540 Points

5 y ago

Dear Sir,
I am from India, but I have been following IMDB for years but only for Hollywood. Kindly tell me how do I view the normal version, like USA, and not the Indian version. Otherwise I will have to look for else where!

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100 Points

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246 Points

Me too ,totally agree with you.With imdb India i am missing out info on all the latest awesome new movies and tv shows.I have zero interest in watching Indian content which are basically third rate rip-offs of American shows.I guess i'll have to solely depend on metacritic if this continues.

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142 Points

this solution seems useless , so is IMDb India , boycott

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60 Points

use a proxy

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174 Points

yes please.. we need the older version, updates about hollywood and great shows worldwide.. News and feeds about India and its celebrities are really boring.

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102 Points

In smartphone app it works fine, but on desktop site it shows indian stuff first, which is pathetic, it has screwed the whole experience

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154 Points

yup.. i hate it completely too. i do not visit IMDB for stupid Indian movies. but since they have already released this version now, i guess they will also be worried about upsetting people who actually likes this change. (which i think is only around 10%). so i dont think they are going to undo it anytime soon. can you guys suggest any other websites please ?? RIP IMDB for Indians.

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118 Points

Instead of this IMDB India you can use another feature like movie interest and those who are interested in Indian films can select that if it is international or Hollywood they can choose that.so i think there will not be any problem.

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106 Points

seriously...please change the settings to older version.To know about Indian movies why should I come to IMDB...Its pathtic...I couldnt find trending movie around the world...pls revert back this view

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456 Points

5 y ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled How to change country preference?.

I have been following IMDb for the past 8 years because i want to know more about Hollywood cinemas but recently IMDb main page is focusing on Indian movies . i can find information about Indian movies from lot of Indian sites . please guide me to change country preference.

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334 Points

5 y ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Local content/localization.

I'm accessing IMDB from India but am not interested in Indian movies (whether upcoming or trailers or whatever) but I find no way to disable this feature. This is killing my experience and extremely irritating.

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7.8K Points

5 y ago

Hi Hersh, Raj, and Dhvl,

Thanks for raising your concerns. Currently, there is no way of filtering out Indian moviecontent from the IMDb India Homepage. The Indian movie and celebrity content iscomplementary to the comprehensive Hollywood content coverage that we've beenproviding for years. We are continuing to showcase relevant US movie contentand news on IMDb. To see Hollywood news only, you may click on the 'Hollywood'tab within the Latest News section on the homepage. We are always updatingcontent and features based on what resonates most with customers. We'llcontinue to keep an eye on the content that gets most engagement, and willaccordingly update the IMDb homepage.

Best,
Kurt

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456 Points

Hi Kurt,
Thanks for the quick reply. I just want to let you know that even in YouTube ,We can change country option in the bottom of the page so it focuses on videos from the country we choose . Kindly bring that kind of option to IMDb also.So i can happily experience IMDb.

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966 Points

What everyone up said + what raj said.

I don't come to IMDb for Indian content. I am more interested in Hollywood content, Indie movies, European movies, etc. There are a million sites for Indian content. I would quickly lose interest in IMDb if all I see everywhere is Indian trailers and Indian lists and Indian celebs.

Please have a setting to disable India specific content for those who don't want to see it.

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244 Points

Came here to say exactly what everybody is saying above. I am extremely unhappy with this change in the website. There ought to have been a simple option to change your home page to the international version. Now it is overrun by Bollywood news and celebrities. I have no interest in this, and I do not come to IMDb to read about these things.

Please please make changes to this. As a daily visitor of your website for the last 10 years at least, this is a big issue for me. The biggest problem is there is nowhere else I can go, but IMDb.

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29.6K Points

Someone tweeted another related request:
https://twitter.com/*/status/809411075993206785

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170 Points

Hi Kurt
There are tons and tons of dedicated local websites and the news media that covers the Indian content and pester the netizens with unwanted gossip.
The only reason I am using IMDb is such that to know more about world cinema and TV.
Now your home page looks just like a crappy bollywood  fan site that pay homage to the world cinema by dedicating a column or two. And who gives a fuck about real time trends in Indian movies when we already know the best movies playing around us , not to mention India is a diverse country that speaks multiple languages and local trends vary drastically like nowhere else in the world . Following this trend I believe you guys will even start Indian TV spotlights and trends...
(Nooooooo.......... Superman.jpg).
We appreciate the changes you guys did keeping the audience in mind but what you have actually done is destroying the only sanctuary we had.
Kindly roll back the change (you can keep a column or two for local content , not the other way around)
Please.... We don't want this.

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96 Points

Time to change to rotten tomatoes.com

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122 Points

5 y ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Do not want local language movies / actors information on my IMDB front page. Ho....

Recently, I am seeing multiple local language movies / actors (Hindi / Tamil) information being displayed on my IMDB front page. I would like to view only English movie listings as I do not follow any regional movies from my country. Can you please help me out

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132 Points

5 y ago

The trending indian movies/celebrities on every title/person page is really annoying. If it has to be there, restrict it to Indian movies and persons. I would really prefer if that bar was gone altogether. It's really annoying. It breaks the flow of the page and is a distraction.

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100 Points

5 y ago

Anyone who is interested in removing "Trending Movies" Widget, you can follow simple tweak.
I have made a blog post here with step by step guide.
https://trekwho.quora.com/How-to-Block-Disable-Trending-Indian-Movies-on-IMDb


I agree with everyone here, that IMDb is not the best choice/option for Indian Movies/Content.
There are plenty of website doing these already. And, Frankly, Hardly any movies are good to be showcased as you do. If its for advertising then its a discussion. 

Even on the homepage, I feel the balance is not right. Too much focus is placed on Local content.

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966 Points

Thanks for that. Just wanted to point out that one does not need a separate extension for this. If you have an ad-blocker extension, they usually have an element picker mode also.

But this only solves a very small part of the problem. We still have the ENTIRE main page to deal with. All the international trailers are gone and replaced with indian ones, that awful Indian movies live-ratings widget is there, and you have to scroll even further for the usual stuff like actor b'days, and recent releases and spotlight etc.

Its just so disappointing that a company like IMDb did not think through on this feature enough to make it optional. Not only is this a pain for Indians that came to IMDb for international cinema, but also for foreign tourists and the like, who will also have Indian content shoved down their throats involuntarily.

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100 Points

Yes, I agree completely.
Like I said before, this is only a tweak to make it less annoying, its  not a solution.
Solution has to be provisioned by IMDb.

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502 Points

5 y ago

What a nightmare it is to now to navigate IMDB without being bombarded with this nonsense. Please give the option of disabling for the users and not go the route of Facebook in putting people in bubbles of what the algorithm think they like to see. The outliers that make IMDB an interesting place will be put off and will end up another cesspool of "trending" shit website. Been using IMDB for 10+ years, and that's because there's nothing "Indian" about it. It was neutral in its character. 

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248 Points

5 y ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Please stop flooding my homepage with Bollywood hype.

Although I'm Indian and live in India, I have zero interest in Hindi/Tamil/Telugu/Kannada/Malayalam movies. Is there any way to turn these promos off, please?

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162 Points

5 y ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Why don't I have a choice to opt out of 'Trending India' hoopla?.

Since last three days my IMDb page has been surrounded by topics like 'Trending Indian movies', 'Top 10 Indian movies', 'Amitabh Bachchan quiz' etc. If I wanted to get connected with Bollywood and get these topics I would've searched for them or better yet have had the option to choose for my customized country-based experience. But instead I get this slapped on "desi effect" which is annoying at the very least and off-putting the whole site experience otherwise. If IMDb doesn't change or modify this feature then my fav. site for anything and everything entertainment-related will get ruined for me and others like me who come to this site to get away from the annoying and nauseating Bollywood movies.

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334 Points

5 y ago

As an addendum/clarification to my earlier post, I want to add that while I'd definitely quit using IMDb as my movie db if local content isn't disabled soon, I'd like to continue receiving movie suggestions for other non-english but non-indian movies.

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104 Points

5 y ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled hide india spotlight.

How do I hide the new "India spotlight" sections of the IMDB website? I don't like Indian movies/TV at all and they're now in my face and impossible to ignore every time I visit the site. I tried changing my country in the account settings, but  that didn't work.

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140 Points

5 y ago

Hi