Debrief: Dulux: Needs a dose of passion

15 Nov,2012

By Anil Thakraney


So, it appears that the ad world having finally discovered young Farhan Akhtar, it’s time for this ‘new cool’ actor/director to strike it rich. He’s all over the place these days. However, I must say the Dulux guys, for their Velvet Touch brand, have used Akhtar a little more effectively in their new ad.


The commercial equates an individual’s ideology and attitude with the colour he/she chooses for the wall. Akhtar plays the anchor and delivers the voiceover as poetry, and this he does well. So there’s a rock-star wannabe who opts for the red shade. An environment-friendly architect settles for green. And so on.


I like this approach. Because it strikes at the core of what a consumer really wants from his/her paint, after the tangible factors are in place (reliability, durability, wash-proof paint, etc). Which is that the colour on the wall must in some way reflect the resident’s personality. (I, for one, am very serious about painting my walls deep black, the only thing that stops me is I am may not be able to spot a visiting cockroach!) In this context, Dulux is on the right track.


Where I feel a little let-down is in the execution. The creative hasn’t done justice to the idea of a shade matching the person’s desires and ambitions. They haven’t been able to take the concept to a higher emotional plane, this looks like half-baked creative. The thought is there, the passion is missing. I can visualise stunning, engaging ads using the play of human beings and colour, with or without the services of Farhan Akhtar.


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Rating: (On a scale of 1-5): 2.5 Good idea, needs to be fleshed out.


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