Debrief: Hajmola: Devgn hazam nahin hua!

13 Dec,2012

By Anil Thakraney


Hajmola is just another of the many, many brands that cannot do without riding on a celeb’s shoulders. Oh well, such is ad life in India! But one good thing they have done this time is to cast an unusual celeb. That at least promises to bring some novelty to the ad. Macho star Ajay Devgn (his spelling, not mine) has been signed up to do the honours.


However, the manner in which they have used him is all wrong, clearly someone wasn’t thinking out here. It’s a wedding set, with all the accompanying noise and action. Yet another take-off from ‘Hum Aapke Hain Kaun’. Devgn is seen playing the harmonium (aren’t movie stars paid to dance at weddings?), and he suddenly spots a kid carrying a Hajmola bottle. Our hero chases him all over the place, and this nonsense goes on.


I have two problems. One, Hajmola is a digestive, and this factor seems to have been totally downplayed in this communication. This is more like regular candy advertising, and if children overdose on Hajmola, is that such a good thing from the point of view of health? Needs to be checked out. Secondly, the brand hasn’t bothered to build on Devgn’s popular public persona of a tough guy with balls. Instead, he’s been made to play a bumbling bumpkin out here. So then why use him at all? They may as well have signed up Paresh Rawal or any of the other movie comedians, who would have come at a much lower cost.


In short, the casting is poor and the treatment very boring. Even when I put myself in the shoes of the sort of people who would consume Hajmola.


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Rating: (On a scale of 1-5): 1. Devgn wasted in a forgettable ad.


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