Ad Nut barely had time to stash away its sunscreen and start stashing acorns for the impending winter when, lo and behold, holiday-themed ads started hitting with gusto.
While Ad Nut is playing Scrooge to Christmas adverts—for at least another week, it’s in the mood for some inspiring Diwali dazzle. With huge assistance from its ilk at Campaign India, here's a roundup of commercials that highlight family bonding, victory of good over evil and bittersweet emotions about reunions during the festival. So, whether it's a cracker of an ad or a total dud, if Ad Nut misses any festive fireworks from the region, feel free to drop a note in the comments section below.
Take a look at brands around the region that have come up with work for the Festival of Lights.
Brand: McDonald's India
Agency: DDB Mudra Group
Diwali isn't just one big celebration; it's a series of small, cherished moments with loved ones. McDonald's India has cooked up a heartwarming ad on Diwali celebrations with their "Celebrating For Your Other Diwali" video. It serves up the essence of Diwali in a unique style, all wrapped in a delicious surprise—their special wraps.
The ad itself is a flavorful delight, unfolding with two friends on a McDonald's mission guided by a third friend's instructions. They hoist a McDonald's bag up to a romantic rendezvous on a rooftop, where a couple enjoys McDonald's wraps under the starry sky, perfectly complemented by fireworks.
Brand: Luminous Power Technologies
Agency: Grey India
The film is simple, predictable, and as long as a Yule log, but there's something about festive advertising that takes Ad Nut from its usual cynical, steely self to a teary-eyed, sentimental sap in a matter of minutes. Once the tissues were tucked away, Ad Nut couldn't help but applaud the heart of the message—treating your domestic staff like family should be the norm. But, in countries with deep socio-economic divides, a gentle reminder like that is important. We all have unsung heroes who brighten our lives, and they deserve appreciation year-round, but it's especially heartwarming around festivals.
Brand: ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund
Ad Nut knows the importance of saving. It will not be able to survive long, harsh winters if it wasn't for the secret stash of nuts and acorns it hides from its ilk. Humans need a lesson in sparking that financial wisdom too. ICICI Prudential is serving a Diwali cracker with just that intention. They've woven up a tale where a diligent house help refuses Diwali bonus to start his investment journey through a Systematic Investment Plan (SIP). It's a feel-good spot, and whilst Diwali is the time for financial prosperity, Ad Nut is not sure if it is also the time for financial literacy.
Kalyan Jewellers has half the Bollywood signed up as ambassadors. Needless to say, their work, Diwali or otherwise, is always a mega star-studded and over-the-top, blingy affair. This one, at 4min 20sec, launches specially curated gold coins in 22-carat and 24-carat has a string of Bollywood celebrities, including global ambassador Katrina Kaif.
Realme's Diwali campaign, 'dare to shine' has actor Shah Rukh Khan paying tribute to the enduring human spirit of resilience and self-belief while exhorting one and all to kindle their inner lights ahead of the festival of lights.
Brand: Western Union
Agency: Boch & Fernsh
The Western Union film 'Khule Dil Wali Diwali' created by Boch & Fernsh celebrates the spirit of togetherness and belonging this festive season. The work highlights the importance of community and how it's fast eroding but how little it takes to build it back up. "Alone you can go fast, together you can go far," Ad Nut appreciates the brand message because its ilk constantly needs that reminder. But humans? When did they become lone wolves?