Priti J Nair

Priti J Nair

Can we do without the cliches, please!

Can we do without the cliches, please!

Priti J Nair

Ad spot:

A girl runs away from home with her boyfriend. At a checkpoint, they find the girl’s father—a police officer—approaching the car, a Zen Estilo, for inspection. The couple freeze as they fear being discovered. But the father is so impressed with the features of the car that he doesn’t notice his daughter in the front seat.

Agency: Ogilvy & Mather India Ltd

Why I don’t like it:

Are these the same guys who did the “boxes little boxes" ad for the same car? This ad shows a daughter eloping (ho hum!). And a strict father (same one who was in Tata Indica’s “More dreams per car" ad) does a naka bandi (police search) to catch the daughter. He stops the Zen in which she is travelling with her boyfriend. And hey! Daddy doesn’t even notice her. Instead, he loves the extra boot space in the car, the great sound system, and so many other goodies that the car comes with. And, therefore, he lets them go. I feel ridiculous even writing this.

If the idea is “so good that you get carried away", then this is the laziest script anyone could have done on that premise. It’s truly foolish, unbelievable and absolutely not entertaining. There are some genuinely memorable commercials done with the same creative idea. Even the casting and the performances are so hackneyed and boring.

The dialogues. Everything screaming out “I am sorry got it all wrong".

How I would have done this better:

First, I would have written another script. And if I had to better this, I would have taken extra care on the casting. If the plot is clichéd, the casting at least should have character. Not the usual suspects from advertising. The girl, boy, and father should have been people who are real. Should have played up nuances that we haven’t seen before.

As told to Gouri Shah

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