Bollywood star power ‘ads’ up

November 4, 2008

Hey, did you know Saif and Kareena had a fight? And that Shah Rukh intervened? And an apologetic sms was sent?

OK, so this didn’t happen in real life. It’s the storyline of a new television ad starring the trio for mobile operator Airtel.

Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor have appeared together in ads before but this is the first one revolving around their real-life relationship.Bollywood stars have appeared in ads for years, but it’s only recently that they have started referring to their status as boyfriend and girlfriend in ads. Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone did it, so have John Abraham and Bipasha Basu — and now Saif and Kareena.

But not all these ads work. “If you try too hard to leverage a relationship, it falls flat. The Ranbir- Deepika one, or even the John and Bipasha ads have fallen into this trap,” says adman Prahlad Kakkar.

“The latest Airtel ad works because it keeps it light and doesn’t try too hard.”

But these ads are not for everyone. A lot of Bollywood stars shy away from starring in ads with their significant other. We have never seen Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan in the same ad, nor Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan, or even Hema Malini and Dharmendra.

But Saif seems to have no qualms doing it. He has been seen in ads with former girlfriend Rosa Catalano, sister Soha Ali Khan and now Kareena. And pulled off each of them.

Kakkar says the ads work because of their novelty factor and because viewers get a rare glimpse into the life of a celebrity.

“As long as an ad touches a chord, it’s a success, if it doesn’t, it doesn’t matter how many celebrities you have used,” he says.

I agree. In fact, I can’t wait for the next such ad to come out, and I hope it’s with Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai. Anyone listening?


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nice post I like it

Posted by nasir | Report as abusive

correction: Shah Rukh and Gauri DID make an ad together, many many years ago…for Clinthol. And very cute it was, too!

Posted by sandidi | Report as abusive

Ewww! I don’t wanna see an ad with the FLOPMASTER and the Ice Queen.

Posted by Mo | Report as abusive

This is a new trend of taking advantage of publicity through the personal life of celebrities. Some what it is a good trick of ad.

Posted by AlbinAntony | Report as abusive

It does not matters. At the end of the day the story ends on the product. It’s the individual star value that attracts. Shahid – Kareena relationship / thier break up/ thier patch up, in any of the cases people will give it a look. It’s a money game. Stars cash on publicity and ad world cash on thier stardom.
Pankaj R. Sharma.

Posted by Pankaj R. Sharma | Report as abusive