Titan Raga's new ad is out. Interesting. And, somewhat unusual. Why?
For starters, the watch doesn't figure anywhere.
The ad focusses upon the issues women face at the work place. It's a topical subject, yes. But, this one's been treated somewhat differently. In this particular ad, there's Kiran, a fresher in the company, whose name is up for promotion, recommended by her male boss. Her boss is so impressed with her 'professional' competence that he's with her all day, their professional association stretching much beyond the regular working hours, sometimes even in the evenings to discuss presentations.
Surprised? Even shocked, perhaps? Wasn't it assumed that Kiran is a woman who gets recommended for promotion by her male boss for reasons which may not be entirely professional?
Talking about the issue being highlighted in this ad, Tithi Ghosh, senior vice-president and head of advertising, Ogilvy India (South), tells afaqs, "We were exploring the theme of gender inequality. We knew that the viewing audience would mostly be women or people in the work space. We wanted to keep it sharp and focussed. While exploring the space of feminism and gender inequality, issues that women generally face were being discussed and this was something that came up. Working women face sets of questions about work life balance that men in similar roles and with the same responsibilities do not face."
According to Ghosh, when it comes to working women and men, women have to be more cautious about the way they act and appear than men because their actions can invite prejudice. "This was the theme and the brief given," says Ghosh.
Interestingly, Myntra Anouk had come up with its digital film featuring Radhika Apte last year. The ad showed the difficulty Apte faces professionally during her pregnancy when she's not given her due despite the hard work she put in.
When asked to compare both ads, Mundkur says, "The Myntra ad was more direct. Although it championed the cause of pregnant women, the story was more obvious unlike the Titan ad. But, both ads have done a great job of fighting prejudice against women in the workplace," he adds.
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