Debrief: Royal Stag: Nothing royal about this

18 Oct,2012

By Anil Thakraney


Didn’t know Royal Stag whisky is such a huge brand. They have hired the services of two very expensive movie stars for one single commercial. Wow! Thinking of the likely budget for this one makes me want to reach for a Patiala peg. And their claim that this TVC is for Royal Stag ‘mega music’ collection makes me want to dive into a vat full of booze.


The commercial, featuring Shah Rukh Khan and Saif Ali Khan, is a load of nonsense. The visuals make very little sense, one really has no idea what’s happening out here. It’s okay to be a bit arty sharty in ads, but not at the cost of comprehension. All you see is various shots of the two heroes lost in deep thought, while flashing certain strange expressions, as the voiceover continues non-stop about competing with one’s own self, or some such heavy-duty stuff.


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For one, both the heroes are neither royal nor stag. Both are much married, and both go around beating up people in public places. (Maybe those are the sort of dudes Royal Stag targets.) Both are also overused in advertising, so brand recall will be zilch. Therefore am not sure how much the brand gains with all this mega expenditure. I think the least the makers of Royal Stag should have done, having signed up SRK and Saif, is to create thrilling little movie films with them. That would have ensured some entertainment happens and the brand scores some points too.


This looks like a half done ad. The VO says: “Abhi Shah Rukh Banna Baaki Hai.” I think abhi ad banna baaki hai.


Rating: (On a scale of 1-5): 1. Gobbledygook.


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