Debrief: Mid Day: Maximum City. Minimum TVC

20 Mar,2012

By Anil Thakraney

 

‘My City, My Life’, the slogan, is a promising thought. What is even more promising is that Mid Day has chosen to compose an anthem for Mumbai city. A very good idea. This rotting, decaying, ignored city needs a war cry very badly. Something we can call our own and use to make a statement. Sadly, the execution sucks and the so called anthem is at best a below average jingle.

 

Mid Day’s new TVC consists of vignettes of youngsters indulging in timepass. Goofing around at Marine Drive. Celebrating a cricket match victory. Goofing around some more near the Sea Link. And just in case you think they are a bunch of airheads, the kids are seen indulging in some more timepass: one of those candle-light marches. And the lazy, laidback ‘anthem’ will ensure you doze off rather quickly.

 

An opportunity blown. There’s a lot more to the city’s youngsters, they are spirited, aware and want to see things change. They want to be a part of that change. Mumbai is the one Indian city that pulsates with energy, passion and ambition, that’s what keeps people rooted here, that’s what keeps the city alive. Despite all the problems people face. And if Mid Day didn’t want to deal with the city’s civic issues, they ought to have captured its raw passion. The anthem ought to have enshrined that energy and that can-do Mumbai spirit.

 

[youtube width=”400″ height=”200″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_EJUXqpYwk[/youtube]

I find this commercial pretty worrying. (And I use the word ‘worrying’ because as an ex employee I want the newspaper to do well.) This creative suggests to me that Mid Day doesn’t really understand Mumbai. That they have a superficial view of this great city. And that’s much more disappointing than one sad ad.

 

Rating: (On a scale of 1 to 5): 1. A good concept murdered by thoughtless execution

 

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