The monotony of routine life can only be overcome through some form of entertainment, and being glued to the idiot box in our homes, is one of the most common, as well popular modes of getting entertained. Often, television (TV) viewing takes up a large amount of time of our daily schedule even as family members keep squabbling over the coveted TV remote.
Taking a cue from this insight, Tata Sky, the direct-to-home (DTH) television services provider joined hands with Ogilvy & Mather, along with Hindi film actor and superstar Amitabh Bachchan, to create a never-seen-before TV campaign titled #FamilyJingalala.
Nayak adds that even someone of Bachchan's stature was comfortable about stepping into the role offered to him, and seemed happy and enthused about it.
The high-decibel TVC will be supported by an integrated marketing campaign including outdoor and cinema halls. Tata Sky also has plans to roll
out five regional language versions of the campaign in Marathi, Bengali, Kannada, Telugu, and Tamil by October 4, 2016.
When asked about why all the puppets of the Thakur clan resemble Bachchan in their individual roles, Nayak attributes it to be a part of the creative execution. Also, the ad film does not intend to introduce a new tagline such as#FamilyJingalala. Nayak proffers that the existing tagline will continue and there will be no change.
He finds the execution to be 'eye-catchy material'. The art direction and music is also apt. "'Yo Se Yo se' is still playing in my head while I am writing this," he adds.
Muddassar Memon, associate vice-president - creative and social, iProspect India, is of the view that the #Jingalala series resonates extremely well with its audiences, and will help the brand increase its appeal with the rural customer base. "The rapper persona is a new layer to Bachchan's advertising personality and what's great in this ad is that he doesn't overshadow the brand message," says Memon.
When asked about his take on the effort, Rajiv Dingra, founder and chief executive officer (CEO), WATConsult, opines, "It seems like an effort to reach the Tier 2 and Tier 3 towns and villages, and clearly the music and the use of puppets are all geared for that target audience. Bachchan has reach and recall value in the hinterland of India, and hence, the selection."
On the other hand, Dingra feels that the song is not catchy when one hears it for the first time, and that will be a challenge for the brand even though the rap is an Indianised version with almost a Rajasthani feel to it with all lyrics being in that zone as well.
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