Debrief: Coca-Cola: Zero Freshness

31 May,2012

By Anil Thakraney


Interestingly, there’s a new commercial on air from Coke, and it’s based on cricket. A bit strange that, because summer’s coming to an end and the IPL is done and dusted.


Anyway, the TVC features some rural kids playing the game in extremely hot, dusty and inhuman conditions. It looks like a desert. They seem to be enjoying themselves all the same, since the kids are passionate about the game, like everyone else is in this country. And that passion is what Coke wants to ride on. However, all of a sudden, towards the end of the commercial, Rajya Sabha MP designate, Shri Sachin Tendulkar, appears on the screen. He ‘opens happiness’ and happily gulps it down.


I have two huge problems with this one. For one, cricket has been heavily flogged in Indian advertising, and for the game to carry any further appeal, the execution has to be seriously fresh. We are done with watching kids play street cricket, surely that’s become ultra boring in circa 2012. So on this count, the TVC fails miserably, despite a good voice-over and a decent script.


Secondly, Sachin looks like a cut-paste job in the film, an after-thought. Would it not have been a little nice if the hero lands up in those hot conditions and offers the poor kids some Coke? That would not have injected any freshness to the commercial, but it would have brought in some warmth at least. Currently, it looks like the kids are living a life of hell, and the Rajya Sabha MP designate is chilling inside an air conditioned studio. This kinda puts you off.


Rating: (On a scale of 1 to 5): 1. Thakela idea. And it makes Sachin look bad. 


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