By Malay Desai
A new commercial for the paint brand’s exterior variant shows a couple at their spacious bungalow. As the man settles outdoors with his Tablet, his wife calls him inside to watch a ‘serial’, to which he refuses and says he wants to watch the weather report. As the report plays out on his tablet, the weatherwoman’s predictions of extreme weather – scorching heat, floods and desert storm occur right away, pushing the man right in, next to his wife. ‘Uparwalaapkoapkibiwi ke gusse se bachaleta hai.Aur hum, apke ghar kouparwale ke gusse se.’
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To kick off the New Year with gusto, we needed a campaign which smacked of multimedia usage, catchy copy and a definite amount of recall. No surprises then, that it is the work of Ogilvy, which has made a habit of doing all the above and more. For market leader Asian Paints’ outdoorsy variant, they made this literally breezy campaign.
First about the more recent film – every new Asian Paints TVC carries the weight of legacy with it. It’s the brand that gave us ‘Wah Sunil Babu’ after all, and has thereafter been entertaining with more hilarity – its 2011 film featuring a man who reincarnates as a sparrow to stay in his wonderfully painted neighbour’s house drilled the legacy home quite amazingly, and this latest film’s originality too gets a thumbs up.
When you have Nerolac’s Shah Rukh Khan to compete with, things may seem tougher, but the agency relies upon the old miya-biwi method of storytelling. That the wives command the remote control is a stereotype, but works well in this context. And both the actors being fresh faces ensures the message is the hero.
‘Protection in any weather’ is what Asian Paints is saying here, and the film’s special effects truly dramatize things up for a long message to be powerful in just one minute.
Elsewhere, and we assume it’s only for the web TA, two funny fringe actors from Bollywood star in a separate campaign, for an interior paint variant. One of them tries illogical, bordering-on-stupid stunts at home and fails, before the other mouths funny lines and advices to try the paint at home instead. The films are supported by a cool microsite which carry forward these adventures and further the message.
These, remember, come after what I think was one of the best sponsored TV shows in our history, the ‘Har Ghar Kuch Kehta Hai’ seasons where each episode would take the viewer into a celebrity’s old home.
Let the brilliance continue!
(To watch this film, look up the ‘AsianPaintsIndia’ channel on YouTube)
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