Debrief: Pepsi: Not the game, change the ad!

18 Sep,2012

By Anil Thakraney


It must take enormous talent to botch up something like this. The creators of the new ad for Pepsi had all the power tools at their disposal: A funky, irreverent brand. Top Indian cricket heroes. The most happening Bollywood star. And a cool idea – Change the game- which packs in potential for super commercials. And yet, it’s all gone terribly wrong.


In the TVC, designed to promote Pepsi’s association with the current T20 World Cup, the team bus has broken down on the road. Leading to crowds, noise and traffic mess. Ranbir Kapoor arrives out of nowhere, and advises Dhoni and his boys on strategies to use for the tournament. When Dhoni questions Kapoor’s ‘tameez’, the latter explains that T20 lacks tameez.


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An extremely poor ad, I have a laundry list of problems. Boring interpretation of ‘Change the game’. Witless, uninteresting dialogues. Forced irreverence, which falls totally flat. Worse, Ranbir Kapoor looks like he has no idea what’s going on out here. And the cricketers leave you with a feeling they want this shoot done with very quickly, and their bills settled before the first ball is bowled.


Truth be told, lack of tameez as a thought ties in well with T20 cricket. (That it promotes rowdy behaviour inside the stadia is another story, of course). But a tired, stupid commercial has killed even that little germ of an idea.


Rating: (On a scale of 1-5): 0. Disaster with a capital D.


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