Debrief: Ashok Leyland: Terrible casting!

22 May,2012

By Anil Thakraney


You must have watched umpteen numbers of ads where you are left scratching your head wondering how did that celebrity fit into this (SRK selling Santro had me in splits for days together), However, truck maker Ashok Leyland appointing MS Dhoni as their brand ambassador will have you tearing your hair out in utter frustration.


In the TVC, Maahi doesn’t just bond with truck operators and mechanics, he claims to represent Ashok Leyland (like a company salesman), and worse, the cricket captain boasts, ‘Hamara barson ka tajurba’! Wow! What on earth does the Mercedes Benz driving dude know of trucks?? Has he spent even a single day with Ashok Leyland? In the very next commercial, I saw Dhoni jiving with some international footballers, busy selling Pepsi.


The Ashok Leyland guys must think their customers are totally dumb to buy into this nonsense. And if they had to use Dhoni, the least they should have done was to make the man play a credible role in the script. As if all this isn’t bad enough, the ad is very boring and painful to watch. And I say this even when I put myself in a trucker’s shoes.


Complete disaster, I say.


Rating: (On a scale of 1 to 5): 0. Incredible and dull


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