The theatrical trailer of quite an anticipated film, Prem Geet 2, dropped earlier this week. It’s a fine trailer that has some romantic, emotional and action-packed sequences. But to our surprise, the trailer that has garnered around 400k views on YouTube has way more dislikes than the number of likes on it. It currently has 11k likes and 13k dislikes; meaning 1.3 dislikes per 1.1 like, making it one of the highest ratio of dislikes to likes on a Nepali film trailer.
Quite obviously, the number of dislikes are more when a video is extremely bad, which this one certainly is not. If we compare this one with other Nepali trailers, it will obtain a pretty fair position on the list. Now, let’s do some math.
Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’ music video which is the most viewed video on YouTube ever, currently has 2.8 billion views and 13 million people have reacted on the video by pressing the ‘Like’ or ‘Dislike’ button. Simply put, only 0.45 percent of the people who have viewed the video have reacted on it. The number of views aren’t exactly the number of people as many people have watched the video multiple times and they can react only once; but still, the reactions to views ratio is just 0.45 percent. Reason being pretty simple, most of us don’t bother pressing that ‘Like’ or ‘Dislike’ button even if we love or hate the video.
Let’s not talk about international but our own Nepali videos on YouTube. ‘Surke Thaili’ is the most watched Nepali video which currently has 19.7 million views, and 43000 reactions (37k likes and 6k dislikes). So, the reactions to views ratio here is 0.21 percent.
Let’s talk about film trailers now. The ‘Woda Number 6’ trailer has 1.1 million views and 1170 reactions, making the ratio of 0.10 percent. Similarly, the ratio on ‘Loot 2’ trailer is 1.11%; 0.54% on ‘Purano Dunga’ trailer; 0.56% on ‘Jatra’ trailer, 0.73% on ‘Lappan Chhappan’ trailer; and 1.57% on the recently released ‘Ma Yesto Geet Gauchu’ trailer. If we take an average of all of these videos, it will be 0.68%; which simply means if there are 10,000 views on a video, there will be 68 reactions (likes and dislikes combined) on it.
Why are we talking math here by the way? Because the reactions to views ratios we just compared is not just unusual but extremely unusual in the case of ‘Prem Geet 2’ trailer. The video that has 4 million views and 24,000 reactions (11k likes and 13k dislikes) makes a ratio of 6%. Yes, a whopping SIX PERCENT, which is almost unbelievable.
So, what exactly happened? Here’s our wild guess.
Someone who doesn’t want this film to do good at the box office, bought the dislikes and put them on this video. Yes, that’s possible. Just like one can buy views and likes for YouTube videos, they can buy dislikes as well. Just google “Buy YouTube dislikes” once and you’ll know.
You’ll find dozens of websites from where you can easily buy such ‘dislikes’.
As far as we know from our experience with Nepali films, their trailers and the engagement on YouTube, the ‘dislikes’ on ‘Prem Geet 2’ trailer cannot be organic in any way. That’s just almost impossible.
Also, according to Pradeep Khadka who plays the lead in the film, the most number of dislikes on the video have come from Venezuela, Chile, Colombia and Peru. Like seriously, these countries have more Nepali viewers than in Nepal, UK, USA, Malaysia, Qatar and Saudi Arabia? Pfft! Sums it up.
Now, we would like to say something to the person or people behind this: “Shame on You!” And if you’re a person from the industry, you are a disgrace. You know it well how much time, money and effort it takes to make a feature film; and you wanted to ruin it all for the people who gave it all to make a film? DISGRACE!!
Now, we really hope that this film does wonders at the box office. Watch the trailer and let us know what do you think of this entire situation.
The film starring Pradeep Khadka and Aaslesha Thakuri is scheduled for its release on July 28th.