Kohinoor's recently launched TVC shows how rice bridges gaps. Impeccably timed (in the context of India's and Pakistan's Independence Days), the TVC titled 'Divided by boundaries, united by love' was released on the eve of 14th August, on digital media.
The ad which is created by Crayons Advertising, will cater to ethnically Indian and Pakistani audience in the UK and the US. The brand will also release a separate ad in West Asia.
One may recall that the theme of Indian-Pakistani friendship is a tested one, which has been used by brands across categories, time and again. Memorable campaigns include Coca-Cola's Small World Machines, Google Reunion, Aman ki Aasha by Times of India, and recently, Fevikwik's Todo nahi Jodo.
"This ad stands apart from the category communication where stories start from the household and end on the dining table," Bargotra adds. Puneet Mahajan, vice president, international marketing, Kohinoor, agrees, "Kohinoor has always set new benchmarks in the category and with this film has taken the brand to not just new heights but beyond borders as well."
"Without a certain level of uncertainty, a love story won't sound like a love story. Which is why the IndiaPakistan story. And what better way to bring in the brand than make it play cupid. " adds Rondeep Gogoi, creative director, Crayons Advertising.
The campaign will release on TV in mid-September on channels like Zee, Sony Star. The brand will also extend the campaign to other mediums like outdoor, print, digital and radio (in London).
While the ad has an international feel, it was shot in Mumbai's Lower Parel, informs Anil Jain, producer, Venus Productions, which executed the ad. He adds, "Casting was crucial and the actors needed to look their parts of chirpy Indian boy and elegant, educated Pakistani girl. An international feel was given to the ad by making it grand yet believeable. Props, make-up and the entire colour palette is very subtle and international," he says.
Manish Bhatt, founder director, Scarecrow Communication says, "The ad has a very advertising finish, being too premium or perfect, which makes the characters unrelatable. However, like a classic love story always works, the India Pakistan coming together theme is similar in that respect." Bhatt feels that the connect with rice is also apt as it is an essential part of both cuisines, saying, "Kohinoor is a Mughal name, with influences from different cultures, and thus the idea seems like a great fit here."