Debrief: Parle-G: Genius limited to the idea

15 Jan,2013

By Anil Thakraney


‘Kal ke genius’ is a very good positioning statement for Parle-G biscuit. The core idea is that instead of scolding kids for messing around with stuff, they should be encouraged in order to arouse their curiosity. This will then result in a better future for them.


There is a series of TVCs on air, and each one features the bachchas tinkering around with everyday objects and coming up with innovative solutions. A daughter rips apart the morning newspaper and uses the letters to put up a birthday message for daddy. A group of kids uses the exhaust fumes of a bike to air their balloons. And so it goes on.


It’s a brilliant idea, and very relevant to India, in particular. Because education in this nation mainly follows the learning by rote system… students usually turn into parrots to pass their exams. There is no scope for creativity in our schools. Which is why this idea will strike a chord with both, parents and children. And it’s a long term, highly campaignable thought… in fact, it has potential to trigger a social revolution of sorts. Full marks on the strategy and on the idea.


However, sadly, the execution fails to take off. Clearly, the genius of the idea could not inspire the creative team. Somehow the situations and the treatment doesn’t excite, there is zero adrenalin in the videos. And therefore the ads leave you cold. I think the creative team needs to put their thinking caps on, eat some Parle-G biscuits, and dish out innovative solutions. Much like the bachchas do in the ads.


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Rating: (On a scale of 1-5): 3. Strong idea. Weak execution.


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