A few Blog-Ads…which I did, just for fun with animals…also with the intention of motivating pure readers/commenters to get-set-go with blogging on their own!! 🙂
Let me know how they are!! 🙂
It was not long ago when I had posted two posts on Advertisments of today and yesteryears…and not only did I had fun drafting those, but the most wonderful thing that happened was the sharing of nostalgic moments by you guys in the comment section.
So here I am with another post on Mad Ads and this post is dedicated to you guys! Enjoy! 🙂
There was that time before Goldspot and Mirinda took over, when Rasna was the favorite drink that every household refridgerator used to store. The little cute gal with a short umbrella haircut was adored by one and all….some parents saw a daughter in her, some little gals saw a sister in her, and you know the little guys! 😉 I used to wonder if I could have a friend like her who would be sitting next to me in my class at school. I was of the opinion that she was intelligent and sweet cos she drank Rasna everyday but my mom was not ready to allow me become sweet or intelligent that way! May be she didn’t believe in short cuts! 😉 Later on as I grew, I noticed that she was still that young…may be Rasna effect there too…and when she used to say, “I love you Rasna” – I wanted to be rechristened as Rasna…sigh…this and many more… 😀
Talking about gals (now you may say, “Ah! Sree…what else do you talk about?” :P), the Nirma washing powder and Lyril soap ads were classic….Whether the washing powder did its job well or not, the little gal in white frock did real well when she played with our minds with one about-turn holding on to her frock. Lyril ads – especially the part where the lady is under the waterfall (ya she was under it all time) – were forbidden ones at home. Mom had this feeling that it was meant for adults only…my dad and his brother (who stayed with us then) were instructed to ‘send kids to study’ when such ads came on TV…So worse was the situation that even during summer holidays, my stupid uncle used to shout “Go and study” with his eyes fixated at the Lyril models! Disadvantages of being a kiddo at the wrong time, I guess!
The Lijjat pappad ad with the Bunny was cute…being not much advanced in animations then, uncles turned out in bunny costumes to make us smile and then buy those pappads…no doubt that the pappads made by the thousands of women across the country (its a small scale industry completely managed by women which runs Lijjat) were popular, but for us viewers it were these Bunny people who stole the show as they sold the chow! 😀
In the 90s, more kids with lovely expressions and chubby faces started to be hunted down for commercial advertisements…with mainly the edible oils using them….I remember an Ad (‘Sunlife’ I guess) where a larger than life poori rolls behind the running kid early in the morning till he ends up in the cosy and safe arms of his mummy…Then there was this Dhara cooking Oil Ad where a cute kid leaves home (I think cos his favorite Jalebi wasn’t prepared) and is found waiting at the railway station…cute ones…
The cool drink ads have come down to a mockery these days with Akshay Kumar doing monkey tricks in the name of stunts. Creative ones using Sprite (Cheetah bhi peeta hey) have stopped, but the Limca one with Meghana Reddy seems to be a freshly sooper one…But the classic one still remains the Sachin Tendulkar piece, where the mantra is “Sachin Ala Re” and he hits the ball with a stump!! Awesome! 🙂
Some Ads are known for their brilliant creativity….The Saint Gobain ads for instance, are a class….The Bingo ads have a tinge of craziness (with a name like Bingo, what do you expect? ;)) along with being creative. And the MasterCard ads are simple priceless…the currently running one where the friends fight in flashback on “who will pay?”, still continue to fight but on “I will pay”!! Legendary! 😀
There were Ads with an attitude…the Onida ads with the devil was a classic example…”Neighbours envy, Owners pride” was a classic one-liner – which has been spoofed and re-spoofed several times to the craziest of situations! 😉 The Hrithik and Isha ad comes under this kind too….the dance they do together for chocolate coated biscuits, what can I say?
Then there were ads with the purpose…apart from the Nirodh, condom, HIV/AIDS and i-Pill (‘Prevention is better than Abortion’) ads, there were consumer awareness ads on Milk and Eggs…The ‘Sunday hoya Monday, roz khao Anda” (Be it Sunday or Monday, eat an egg daily) was like a mantra along with the “Doodh Doodh Doodh, Piyo glass full doodh” (Doodh = Milk, Piyo = Drink) tantra!
Nowadays its more of dental care with Orbit Chewing Gum Ads…Crazy I would say…they ask us humans to buy that showing an experiment on a dumb smiling “Single” cow! I have tried it a few times, white or not but I feel that I smile like a cow now! 😉
There are the stupid ads too…like the one running currently on Rajnigandha tobbaco…its such a gandha (pathetic) ad! 😛 The one-liner they use – “Mooh mein Rajnigandha, kadmon mein duniya” (With Rajnigandha in mouth, the whole world is beneath the feet) – simply sucks…the writer should be hanged till contamination! 😛
I was also reminded about the Amruthanjan ads…where the suffering person says “Its gone” in their mother tongue…about 10 different people saying “its gone” “gaya” “hoythu” et al. I was and I am still amazed by the immediate healing of headache on using that product…In a 10 seconds Ad slot, so many were cured…Nice! 😀
I have always loved the Britannia Ads…especially the “Ting Ting Tidding” signature tune that comes with the Ad. The tune can be used for various reasons…I have this utterly butterly crazy friend with whom I chat on the communicator and she uses this tune to the max…reasons could be various though…”Ting Ting Tidding” from her could mean – Time for a break; Change the topic; You are such a bore, get lost; I am happy; et al. – depending on the context and timing!
This makes me think whether it is we who make the Ads or is it the Ads that make us! Whatever it is, as the time passes these Ads act as fuel to our nostalgic thoughts! 😀
Well…This was supposed to be an update for the previous post….but whenever someone (ok, especially gals) kinda requests me so sweetly (I guess my collar in their hands is like the closest best-est-est-est thing to happen…kaash…lol) about something I missed, I cant just let it go…can I?? But as I kept on writing, it turned out to be not less than another post by itself….so here’s part-2 of Mad Ads!! 😛
Now yes, when Preeti (ya I remember your tag, promise to do that soooooooon 🙂 ) asked me in the comment section as to how I could forget those brilliant Ads endorsing water…I was dumbstruck…Right!! How could I??? Don’t I feel the need for that daily? Isn’t it a necessity? Hmmm…reason may be cos I am currently at home…I dont even think about that when here…hehe!! 😉
Anyways…It was Sunny Deol who made me realize the importance of that…how important it was to share stuff with friends…’Jab milbaitenge hum teen yaar….Aap, hum aur Bagpiper’!! Then as I grew up, Vijay Mallya confirmed it once more in his own Oooooooo Laaa Laaa ishstyle…even Saurav Ganguly jumped into the cold water for that matter…I was so impressed that when I went to a pub for the first time, I ordered for a Kingfisher Premium and was surprised to be served with chilled beer…I had asked for water, after-all…Now you know how ppl are shown the wrong door!! 😛
Sunny deol reminds me of those Lux cosy Ads…he used to show his biceps in those Ads…saala, I never got to know why…hehe…Also, I have not even understood that ‘andher ki baat’ thingy too…!! Any one who got that?? 😉
Lux soap Ads were another favorites…I used to carefully watch when each of those female movie stars took bath by applying Lux to only their hands, legs and those cute cheeks…It was mom who opened my eyes when she said, “Thats not the way to take bath” when even I took bath by applying soap to my arms, legs and err…cute cheeks…lol…Nevertheless…I used to love them all, whoever took bath using Lux soap in that Ad until one day SRK appeared in the bath tub surrounded by all those whom I had once so devotionaly loved…I was devastated…How could they do that to me? And if I try to recollect, no new actress has agreed to endorse Lux post SRK’s macho bathtub fiasco!! 😛
Complan and Boost had their own effective Ads…I felt nice to say “I’m a complan boy” in school when I would score a goal against my juniors…and again “I’m a complan boy” when I top-scored in English and just cleared Mathematics…My idea then was that drinking complan helped me with my vocabulary and since there was no logic in my thoughts, it obviously didn’t help me in my Mathematical endeavour. 😉
Then came Boost with the champion pair of Kapil and Sachin…with Sachin squeeking “Boost is the secret of my energy” and Kapil comparitively roaring “Our energy”…Times have changed, so have the people (first Sehwag and now Dhoni) who roar….but the squeeky ‘aila’ Sachin still remains a pillar of that Ad to-date. Must really be the secret of the little master’s energy. 😀
The “Bombay Dyeing” and “Only Vimal” Ads made the Indian men feel like they could not only stand on par with their western counterparts, but even beat them in their own backyard. The motivation these suiting Ads gave was like a punch on a sack…there was an impact created!! 😀 The current Reed&Taylor Ad doesn’t bring in the same effect as its predessesors, probably due to 2 reasons as I see…one, as suits are no longer new in India as every TDH (Tom Dick Harry…and not Tall Dark Handsome, they wear nothing 😛 ) wears them and two, a 65+ year old man endorsing it doesn’t seem to be the “IN” thing…however BIG the Bee is!! 😉
The Amul Ads are a class apart….but they never have brought that creativity to the idiot box. May be cos they believe more in bringing an effect with “one liners” on the huge hoardings…and the fact that they come up with a new one almost every week (if not every day), is indeed commendable! Brilliant actually!! 😀
Those “Danth Manjan” (tooth powder) Ads seem so funny these days…when a dentist asks “Which tooth powder do you use?” and then he says “Use Colgate Tooth powder”…Who uses tooth powder these days?? I have been to my dad’s birthplace, which is a rural area…and they too use the latest in toothpastes!! But way back then, it seemed so logical when Vicco and Colgate endorsed their tooth powders through dentists who used fresh white artificial dentures to prove how “white” the tooth powders made them!! I believed it then…sigh…hehe!! 😀
Well…if I think a little more, there will be another long list of Ads that have impacted me till this point in life….some impacts I have not yet directly used though!! 😛
Hope all you guys are having a good Diwali…Look at me, am writing all such posts…and why do I need to burst crackers, when am bursting out like a ‘crack’? Food for thought na??? 😛
Television advertisements which when high on creativity have always been an energy booster in my case. I have loved these kinds of Ads even when they are run and re-run umpteen number of times, day in
and day out. Never have they bored me but have left me asking for more. Creativity has kind of used various platforms…the emotional platform, the crazy/pun platform, the commercial platform, et al.
When I was old enough to follow Ads, I loved the bunny that used to say “Lijjat Pappad”…or the Prestige Cooker Aunty…and even the changes in mood before and after popping Pan Pasand in their mouths. They seemed to be so realistic then….possibly cos even I had eaten Lijjat Pappad, my mom used to cook in her Prestige and I had even popped in Pan Pasand on few occasions (mom considered it as an adult mint, as it had “Pan” in it).
When young I used to get allergy (till my 12th yr) on eating cocoa based chocolates especially the cadbury ones…and hence my parents used to tell me to go and study or go out and play. Those days there was only one channel DoorDarshan (DD) and hence they couldn’t change the channels too. They didn’t bother much about the Nirodh Ad I guess, probably cos they thought I won’t understand the funda behind it…Little did they know that I would grasp it then for future (thorough) analysis!! 😛 So as a matter of fact, I don’t remember the Cadbury Ads of then, but Nirodh ones are crystal clear. Hehe…Watching the “Pyaar hua Ikraar hua” song with a lovely couple walking under an umbrella in heavy downpour seems like just yesterday. I am now able to appreciate that Ad more…espcially the usage of “umbrella when it rains” as a prop!!
Further, I grew up with the 2-minute Maggi Noodles Ad…being fascinated by a bunch of kids returning home tired after playing and then one of their moms preparing Maggi for all of them…This didn’t strike a chord so well cos whenever we played and went back to one of our homes, forget Maggi – we were not even offered water. 😦
The “Humaara Bajaj” scooter Ad was another memorable one…looking back I feel like there has not been another Ad which would have united the whole of India apart. “Buland Bharat ki Buland Tasveer”…indeed…and my dad owned a blue colored Bajaj….Humaara apna Bajaj!! 😀
All these played on our emotional quotient…we seemed to have owned it all, or used it all….wantedly or unwantedly (Not sure about the umbrella one, cos I wouldn’t have been here writing this now ).
Then came a point wherein there was a tinge of extra added pun in the name of creativity. The “mint with a hole” came in first followed by “wonder what happened to the holes”…but this crazy creativity in Ads didnt seem to work around much. But if you ask me, selling those useless remaining titbits (after punching holes) for 2 bucks a packet was an idea of a genius nevertheless. Nestle would have multiplied their profits when it came to the sale of its “Polo” brand mints.
In the recent years, its the commercialization that has taken over the creativity but as I always feel, no matter what – creativity stands even amidst the ruins – Movie stars and sportspersons (especially the cricketers) have taken center stage when it comes to the advertising arena. SRK is on every 5th ad that comes on TV…over exposure kills, said someone…and died…but our SRK lives on…Name a brand and he would have endorsed it once at least in his illustrious movie career. Sachin is another SRK when it comes to being a brand ambassador. Aila! 😉
Of late I have been having thoughts as to why and how these commercially oriented people (ya I mean the movie stars and the sport stars) chose and decide to endorse a product. I really can’t understand all this:
1) When Amitabh tries to sell an oil saying its thanda and good for the hair. Thanda is fine…but when he himself carries a woven wig over his scalp, this Ad seems to be far away from reality.
2) Govinda endorsing the same oil as above…in his case, good for hair is fine…but thanda?? This guy keeps slapping people around…anything but thanda (cool headed)!! 😀
3) It wasn’t enough I guess when Kanta-ben caught SRK and Saifu in ‘Kal Ho Na Ho’ doing their “Happy” act….now they have moved on 4-5 years later again to do the same act for a currently running Airtel Ad for voice messages. SRK seems to have overcome his urge, but Saifu? Well…Kareena better watch out!!
4) Akshay Kumar risking his life everytime for a “Thumbs up” bottle. Can’t he just buy them from a mart like a normal mortal? 😕
But all is not bad yet…what with those Hutch Ads…where the adorable pug depicting the cellular network, followed its master everywhere. Those Cadbury celebrations Ad enlighten the nostalgic moments to the hilt!! Each of those Fevicol Ads are a class apart…can’t seem to choose any one of those as THE best. The Coca Cola and Pepsi Co Ads were legendary when it came to creative rivalry, but they seem to have lost the plot over time…no matter, they still sell like never before.
All in all, in the advertising arena there’s no bigger platform than the television mode of advertising cos it reaches a wide range of people…but I still kinda miss the nostalgic feeling of these Ads being made for the common junta, yes Us. But its not like everything has changed. Speaking of which, channels are still changed these days on mere hearing the Ads suggesting importance of “using protection” being broadcasted. They don’t even bother to wait and see if its about using a condom or if its regarding a helmet!! 😉
Are we mad about Ads or the Ads mad?? 😛