Elections or Movies: Voters, Cinegoers and Numbers Don’t Lie

India is a diverse country and just by surfing Facebook or Twitter we can never understand our nation and its people. The results of recent elections (UP, Manipur, Goa and Punjab) are testimony to it.

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I will give you a small example. On February 24, Vishal Bhardwaj’s much anticipated & Kangana Ranaut starrer #Rangoon was released with average 4-star ratings from almost all critics and got much appreciation among certain section of audience. The film made on the budget of ₹60 crore by Sajid Nadiadwala was sold to Viacom18 for ₹67 crore. The film made around ₹20 crore in first weekend & by second week it was almost out of theatres & was even struggling to get screens. Cut to March 3, an action movie #Commando2 starring Vidyut Jammwal and few other non-famous actors was released. It was made on budget of around ₹16 crore & was bought by Reliance Entertainment for around ₹20 crore. The critics gave it maximum 1.5 stars ratings. But guess what, it made ₹15 crore in first weekend itself and by yesterday it had crossed ₹20 crore.

So will you say that audience is stupid and is it stupid across the country. No, certainly not. Audience is smart.

Similarly it happens in elections, all exit polls predicted that AAP will be a strong force in Goa and give Congress neck to neck fight in Punjab but results turned out to be quite different. So many journalists and intellectuals got it wrong. It happened in Delhi and Bihar too when most of the media and people thought that BJP is winning but it turned out to be Kejriwal & Nitish Kumar respectively.

Like movie audience, voters too are smart. They are intelligent and they know whom to vote. And most importantly they know what they want from their representative and what are they looking for in the movie they are paying to watch.

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So before we go crazy fighting with each other we should wait for the results. Because in 29 years of my existence on earth, I have understood one thing and that is numbers don’t lie, they never did and never will.So Congratulations to winners and better luck to losers next time.

P.S.: In my 10th board exams, the night before my Maths exam, i had severe toothache because of which i was in hospital all night and under-performed in paper next day. I was good at Maths and had scored close to 95 in pre-boards but in board exams i got 75. And that number will never change and nobody will care to believe if i was unwell. My Maths will stay at 75. Similarly in elections, no matter how much you discuss which party got what percentage of votes or which section voted to which party, because in the end what will matter is who got maximum seats and majority. BJP won 325 seats in UP while it formed governments in Manipur and Goa. Congress registered emphatic win in Punjab.

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Piyush Mishra

Engineer, journalist, movie buff, & Sachin devotee! Previously worked with The Times of India & NDTV, now working as a Corporate Communications professional with an automobile major in Ahmedabad (Gujarat). This blog/website is a birthday gift from a close friend & I am trying my best to not to disappoint him. #Dreamer

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