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Mon, Dec 4, 2017 11:34 PM

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Poll Suggestion: Top 250 With/Out India

There seems to be some backlash on how in recent times, a surge of Indian films have appeared on the Top 250. What is your opinion on the matter.

http://www.imdb.com/list/ls027143145/

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2.8K Messages

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77.2K Points

3 years ago

I don't mind if they are there assuming they got their high rating from votes of people from different countries, and not just Indians voting for them. Since we can't know which votes the IMDb takes in consideration, then I'll assume they are doing things right and that the films deserve their spot.

There are a lot fo films from the Top 250 I would not have on the list, but they are from all over the world, so I have nothing against Indian films and would assume that I would be against some of them as much as I'm against others from other nationalities.

46 Messages

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780 Points

I agree. I am also do wish Satyajit Ray would earn a spot in the list as he is one of cinema's best. 

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8.1K Messages

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262.3K Points

3 years ago

I would lean towards "If it is in the Top 250, it deserves its spot." Indian films qualify on the same terms as others.

But I haven't seen most of the Indian films listed, so I can't judge them.

4.3K Messages

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128K Points

India has the demographic edge over all the other countries, so making a Top 250 only based on quantitative parameters will inevitably affect the Top 250.

Your opinion would be validated by the presence of international Indian classics such as Mother India, the Apu trilogy, Lagaan or Salaam Bombay but when you look at the Indian movies on the Top 250 list, many of them look like (certainly) good but rather 'normal' movies with no international resonance whatsoever (no Cannes Festival, Berlin or Oscar nod), when you see a poster that clearly looks like a fun and mindless comedy, you know you're not dealing with the Indian equivalent of Amelie or Rashomon. And such movies do exist.

So yes, I think IMDb should include some specific parameters to filter the Top 250 movies, a foreign film that is most likely to be known in one country or some neighbors (whether India or Turkey or Iran or whatever) should have its popularity exceeding the borders of the country (at least one nod for a Foreign Award, just one nomination)

46 Messages

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780 Points

I'm personally not a big fan of the Indian films on the list either. However I'm not a fan of many of the films on there, whether it is Indian, American or otherwise.