Ashwini Gangal
Advertising

Meet Pierce 'Pan Bahar' Brosnan

This new pan masala campaign suddenly has everyone's attention - online and offline.

If you thought Zinedine Zidane on a billboard for Kanakia Paris, a residential project in Mumbai's Bandra Kurla Complex, was funny then sample this new ad - James 'Pan Bahar' Bond on the front page of newspapers like The Times of India and Dainik Bhaskar, sporting a Piyush Pandey-esque moustache.

Meet Pierce 'Pan Bahar' Brosnan

'Class never goes out of style - Pan Bahar. Pehchan Kamyabi Ki' goes the copy. DDB Mudra has created this campaign.

Meet Pierce 'Pan Bahar' Brosnan

It's the sort of image that got adman Ajay Gahlaut to write "The name is Bahar. Pan Bahar" on Facebook at 7:30 am today.

Meet Pierce 'Pan Bahar' Brosnan

Meanwhile, Naresh Gupta writes, "Guess even a Pierce Brosnan needed Pan Bahar to prove he is successful. The world is not enough" on his FB page.

Meet Pierce 'Pan Bahar' Brosnan

The TVC, in which Brosnan - who plays an agent, of course - wields a dabba of Pan Bahar like he would a deadly weapon, goes on air today. The ad film has been shot in Austin, USA.

Sambit Mohanty, creative head, DDB Mudra Group (North), says about the ad on his FB page, "...We, at DDB Mudra (North) are chuffed at having pulled off this coup! You may rave & rant, foam & froth...but there's no denying this endorsement has changed the rules of the game. Who needs the dreary old Kapoors, Khans & Kumars when an international star is up for grabs? To hell with your self-righteousness! And to quote from our recent Adidas campaign, we'll feel the love & use the hate. Because success, er Kamyaabi, is the child of audacity."

Meet Pierce 'Pan Bahar' Brosnan

While the premiumisation of pan masala is all very well, will Indians really believe James Bond has a red, pan masala-stained tongue behind that smile?

Previously, Bollywood actors like Feroz Khan, Fardeen Khan and Saif Ali Khan have endorsed Pan Bahar.

Recall that earlier this year, Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan, Sunny Leone, Ajay Devgn, Saif Ali Khan, Arbaaz Khan and Govinda were issued letters, by the health department of the Delhi Government, requesting them to stop endorsing pan masala brands.