TVCs that stood out from the clutter this Diwali

'Snapchat’s partnership for Diwali and Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance’s Diwali Unboxing With Chintu have broken the clutter. Which are the campaigns that stood out this season and created an impact?

e4m by Noel Dsouza
Published: Oct 29, 2019 8:53 AM  | 4 min read
Diwali ad campaigns

Setting the tone for this festive season, brands conceptualized innovative ways to bring about the message for their respective brands keeping in mind the central theme of Diwali. Brands like Aditya Birla who urged millennials to #BlurTheBoundaries to Coca Cola’s #CokeNawazi campaign leveraged from this festive season. However, in a cluttered space where every brand is putting across its best foot forward with a festive campaign, which one stood out the most and registered a strong brand recall?

e4m spoke to ad industry experts who shared which ad campaign brought about an impact in a pool of content clutter and was effective enough to instill brand recall for the consumers. 

Mayuresh Wagle, Senior Creative Director, FCB Ulka Mumbai said, “The Reliance Smart & Fresh campaign really stands out this Diwali. It was a challenging but splendid opportunity to craft a memorable Diwali campaign for Reliance Fresh and Smart. We drew on the insight that there are so many beautiful and meaningful ways to make Diwali really big. Like wishing your friends and family in person, changing traditions, including everyone in the celebrations, treating friends like family etc. And hence we ended with not one but nine very relatable films that not only focus on selling a product, but on giving a thoughtful Diwali message too.

Another campaign that caught my eye is the ICICI Lombard‘s Shubh Deepavali Saavdhan. It is certainly a welcome departure from the usual stuff seen during Diwali. A message to practise safety given through a song sung by real fire fighters, it is both informative and entertaining. It undoubtedly stands out for the concept, message and execution."

Raghu Bhat, Founder & Copywriter, Scarecrow M&C Saatchi shared that most Diwali communication is a blind spot as it features what I call you-know-what-is-coming-next advertising. "Every box - from bright-lit houses, smiling faces, mandatory emotional moments - is ticked but the result is an ocean of sameness. That's why I like this campaign by Spaces which is different. It makes no allusion to Diwali, for starters (People know it's Diwali, I would assume!). It sticks to presenting the collection in a highly creative manner and doesn't have the usual visual cliches,” Bhat added.

Is it even a Diwali ad if it doesn’t make you miss your family and home? asked Ankita Chauhan, Group Head Strategy, Tonic Worldwide. Chauhan commented, "Over the years we’ve seen brands hit the emotional chord by weaving stories around family and friends, however, what has stood out for me, both last and this year are, campaigns that have moved the lens towards innovative concepts and thought-provoking stories. One Plus and Snapchat’s partnership for Diwali this year and Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance’s Diwali Unboxing With Chintu have broken the clutter."

According to Sidharth Singh, Co-Founder, CupShup, “Festive seasons witness a slew of advertising blitzkrieg, every year and these ads are similar to the crackers of Diwali. While few turn out to be a damp squib and look like a forced attempt to cash into the festivity, few make all the sound and end up lightning up our mood. What is really challenging for brands is to spin off a cracker of a campaign repeatedly. And one brand which has managed to pull it off, in my opinion, is Samsonite. With the #DiwaliKaSafar campaign, they have stolen the thunder this festive season. After a beautiful campaign on Voting #EkDinkiChutti, Samsonite cracked the code again to touch the hearts of people by urging them to thank the travel enablers who help them reach their home on time so that you can celebrate Diwali with your loved ones. Once you see the ad, you can’t help but think of and feel thankful to the people who are assisting you in reaching your destination around Diwali. And through doing so, it has embedded its brand in the customer’s subconscious mind with positive vibes. A cracker of a campaign I must say."

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Saffola film: Kareena Kapoor gives reminder on heart health

The actress urges all to take ‘Roz Ke Healthy Steps’

By e4m Staff | Sep 28, 2023 7:19 PM   |   3 min read

On World Heart Day (29th September, 2023) Saffola has joined hands with Kareena Kapoor Khan to urge India to prioritize their health by taking #RozKaHealthyStep.
“The Saffola 40 Under 40 campaign, a movement aimed at addressing the pressing issue of 60 ki bimaryiaan 40 mein by inspiring India to embrace healthier living, has already inspired over 25000 individuals to take the Saffola Lifestyle Score and choose a healthier lifestyle over the course of past 8 weeks. To spread this message far and wide Saffola partnered with 40 young achievers and influencers, under 40 years of age, from diverse backgrounds who urged young India to take #RozKaHealthyStep towards a healthier lifestyle,” shared a press release.
The brand has released a video featuring Kareena Kapoor Khan, where she shares a powerful message with India about prioritizing their health.
Kareena Kapoor Khan in her inimitable style emphasizes on how neglecting one’s health could lead to missing out on key opportunities to enjoy moments of joy that make up life. For instance, not being present to receive an award, missing out on your child’s school performance or being unable to accompany your parents on their special anniversary trip, all leading you to depend on others to stand in for you during life’s important occasions, all because your health is not supporting you. She goes on to emphasize that in the face of '60 Ki Bimaariyaan 40 mein', referring to the rising trend of lifestyle diseases among young Indians, people are missing out on special moments of happiness.
Speaking about the campaign, Somasree Bose Awasthi, Chief Marketing Officer, Marico Limited said, “The rising prevalence of lifestyle diseases among young Indians is a cause for concern, diseases that once happened at the age of 60 are now happening as early as 40. Hence, this World Heart Day, we want to remind everyone to take care of their health by eating right because if we truly want to enjoy moments of joy with our loved ones, we need to be healthy to be able to do so. We are proud to have partnered with Kareena Kapoor Khan, who is admired by millions, to encourage more and more people to take Roz Ke Healthy Steps and prevent 60 ki bimaariyaan in 40. As a health-centric brand, Saffola has always been committed to raising awareness about healthier living. With the Saffola 40 Under 40 initiative, our goal is to instil lasting habits that can enhance the lives of our consumers.”
The campaign comes at a time when a lack of focus on health has led to a significant rise in lifestyle diseases like obesity, heart disease, and diabetes impacting young Indians. Conditions and health issues that were once commonly associated with individuals in their 60s are now affecting Indians much earlier, at the age of 40 and under.

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Seagram's Royal Stag Packaged Drinking Water unveils AI campaign for World Cup

The campaign gives each fan an opportunity to become part of a personalized film featuring the cricketers

By e4m Staff | Sep 28, 2023 5:34 PM   |   4 min read

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Seagram's Royal Stag has announced the launch of an innovative and immersive AI-led fan experience ‘A BILLION FILMS FOR A BILLION FANS.’ The campaign features three cricketers, team captain Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, and Surya Kumar Yadav. Fueling the larger-than-life emotions associated with cricket, the brand aims to ignite a whole new generation of young cricket fans, many of whom are witnessing their first World Cup in India as adults.

“This World Cup is happening in India and is already slated to be the “Greatest World Cup Ever.” Syncing with the brand’s ‘Live it Large’ philosophy, the AI-integrated campaign gives each fan an opportunity to become part of a personalized film featuring the cricketers,” read a press release.

Conceptualized in association with creative agency partners FCB India, Digital Agency partners Dentsu India, Technology Partner Artizens Events, and Experiential solutions & media partners Wavemaker; the campaign is groundbreaking where every fan is able to not merely live their dream, but also, live large.

“The whole fan experience has been curated keeping today’s youth, aka, the digital natives, in mind by offering them a simplified user journey. A selfie and a voice sample coupled with the power of regenerative AI creates an ultimate fan experience. With these tools, the campaign uses the power of generative AI technology and machine learning, to create a platform that enables each fan to feature themselves as part of the Royal Stag Live It Large star cast. With the aid of this innovation, each fan can create a personalized edit of the film. Face-mirroring algorithms precisely map the unique facial features of fans onto the characters in the main film. In addition, with just a brief voice sample it also emulated the tone, pitch, and nuances of the fan's voice. In essence, this campaign will transform the consumer journey into an extraordinary yet personal experience. The consumer experience also gives the fans a chance to go beyond boundaries and get close to their favorite players and World Cup trophy,” the release stated.

The campaign will be amplified through a high-decibel 360-degree plan spread across digital, print, radio and OOH to offer an immersive, unforgettable experience.

Kartik Mohindra, Chief Marketing Officer, Pernod Ricard India stated, “Royal Stag aims to share the electric atmosphere in the stadium with cricket fans across the world. As a partner of ICC, AI allows us to deliver a truly “Live it large” experience to die-hard cricket fans everywhere. This year, we are giving each fan the power to craft their own Live It Large Story through this unique AI platform that integrates with the brand’s commitment to relishing every moment in their journey to success. While on one hand we celebrate cricket’s heritage, on the other we have embraced cutting-edge technology to broaden brand engagement and inspire cricket fans to immerse themselves in their favorite sport like never before.”

Abhinav Kaushik, President, FCB India added "In an age where experience is the only currency amongst the digital natives, how can a cultural icon like Royal Stag do something that epitomizes 'large' during the biggest sporting spectacle of the year. This was the starting point of the brief, and we are excited that this idea truly allows every cricket fan to create their own unique 'Live it Large' experience. I am confident that this power of creativity fuelled by technology, will not only deliver brand engagement but enhance the love for the brand multi-fold."

Ajay Gupte, CEO - South Asia, Wavemaker said, "Cricket World Cup is undoubtedly one of the most celebrated sports properties and this World Cup 2023 is touted to be the greatest ever. Through this collaboration, we aim to extend brand synergies and offer a unique, memorable, and thrilling ‘Live it Large’ experience to each and every cricket fan".

Amit Wadhwa, CEO, Dentsu Creative India said "This campaign provided us a big platform where we could showcase how modern creativity can be infused into the Indian Cricket fandom. It's a great example of how technology can be used to enhance and enrich our connection to sports and entertainment. This multi-faceted campaign has the potential to inspire fans to become more deeply involved in their favorite sport, creating memorable moments and experiences that will stay with them for a long time."

Aditya Joshi, Founding Partner, Artizens Events & Experiential Solutions said "As technology partners to this innovative campaign, we are trying to harness the connection with the Generation Large who crave for social currency and vicarious thrills by bringing together AI and Machine learning and creating a never seen before immersive experience."

The ICC Men’s World Cup is scheduled to take place in India from October 5 to November 19, 2023. Royal Stag is an associate partner for all ICC events.

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Focus on your ‘khoobsurat chinta’ not financial ones, says Tata Capital in new film

The film stars brand ambassador Shubman Gill

By e4m Staff | Sep 28, 2023 5:15 PM   |   2 min read

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Tata Capital, the financial services company of the Tata Group, has unveiled a new campaign featuring their brand ambassador Shubman Gill. The campaign is based on the insight that financial worries often take centre stage and customers get less time to focus on and enjoy the meaningful and important moments in their lives. The campaign urges customers to rely on Tata Capital to take care of all their financial worries and focus on more meaningful things (what they call ‘Khoobsurat Chinta’). The campaign will bring to life the brands’ purpose of being a responsible financial partner fulfilling India’s aspirations.

The campaign is comprised of 5 films, a key brand film and 4 shorter product films. The brand film is a metaphor of Shubman’s own journey where his father took care of all his needs, allowing him to focus on his own ‘Khoobsurat Chinta’– his dream of playing for the Indian cricket team. The emotionally charged campaign unfolds through a touching narrative, highlighting Shubman’s achievements and his father’s role as an enabler in guiding him on the road to success. It draws parallels to Tata Capital’s role as an enabler in helping its customers achieve their dreams and aspirations. Shubman’s journey in the world of cricket also mirrors Tata Capital’s journey of growth in the financial services sector, which is driven by passion, skill, and relentless pursuit of excellence.

In addition, the set of four short product films (Two-wheeler Loan, Home Loan, Personal Loan & Business Loan) are themed around getting instant loans through a seamless process from Tata Capital. These films also ride on the same theme of allowing customers to focus on ‘Khoobsurat Chinta’ by enabling loans easily. The campaign will run over a period of 5 to 6 weeks and will be visible across TV, OOH, Print, Social Media and other digital platforms.

Speaking about the campaign, Abonty Banerjee, Chief Operating Officer- Digital and Marketing, Tata Capital said, “The essence of the campaign thought is to portray Tata Capital as an enabler in the financial journey of our customers, while allowing them to focus on life’s beautiful moments. Khoobsurat chinta are those beautiful ‘worries’ which we enjoy thinking about, such as the colours of a new home or the venue for a wedding. The campaign uses Shubman’s life story as a metaphor of how one can focus on the more meaningful things in life when financial worries are taken away.”  


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Bacardi India’s Legacy Collective with Ranbir Kapoor

The film celebrates the spirit of homegrown brands in the country

By e4m Staff | Sep 28, 2023 12:07 PM   |   2 min read

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Bacardi’s LEGACY COLLECTIVE has launched its latest campaign featuring a TVC with brand ambassador and actor Ranbir Kapoor. Launched across TV, Social Media, Digital and Cinemas, the brand film drives home the message that a legacy is not just for a chosen few, and with time as one’s ally everyone can carve their own legacy by staying true to their passion.

Bacardi launched LEGACY COLLECTIVE in December last year with the iconic actor Ranbir Kapoor as the face of the brand. The launch of its latest brand film comes as another step in this direction, aimed to celebrate and empower the spirit of homegrown brands in the country.

Commenting on the launch, Ayaesha Gooptu, Head of Domestic Brown Spirits, Bacardi, India & LEGACY COLLECTIVE, said, “Furthering our dedication amidst the emboldening make-in-india wave in the country, LEGACY COLLECTIVE is thrilled to bring to Indian audiences this latest TVC that beautifully captures the ethos of the platform. Featuring brand ambassador Ranbir Kapoor, this first-of-its-kind film is our ode to the spirit of those disruptors, innovators, and changemakers who are crafting a new legacy for the future of lifestyle in India with their relentless passion and creativity.”

Talking about his experience, Ranbir Kapoor said, “Being a part of the LEGACY COLLECTIVE journey has been a thoroughly heartwarming experience. I really enjoyed working on the latest film that celebrates the power of building one’s own legacy in one’s own individualistic way. This is something that truly resonates with me as well, making it a project I will always cherish.”

Explaining the idea behind the campaign, Pravin Sutar, Head of Creative Orchard Advertising Pvt. Ltd., said, “At its heart, LEGACY COLLECTIVE is about progress and inspiring everyone to embrace their individual journey to success by staying true to their passion. Our campaign reflects on the insight that when time is your ally, you can carve your own legacy. And the film featuring the imitable Ranbir Kapor, an icon himself, perfectly delivers this message to our audiences.”

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Punit Goenka plea against Sebi: Understanding the outcome

As SAT reserved its verdict on Goenka's plea, industry experts speculate on the impact of the possible results

By Aditi Gupta | Sep 28, 2023 11:17 AM   |   4 min read

Punit Goenka

The fate of Punit Goenka and his father Subhash Chandra, embroiled in a legal tussle with Sebi after it barred them from holding key positions in Zee and the merged Zee-Sony entity, is likely to be soon decided by the Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT).

On Wednesday, the tribunal reserved its verdict on Goenka’s appeal.

exchange4media spoke to legal and industry experts to dive deep into the issue and understand the repercussions of the SAT verdict, whether in favour or against, on the father-son duo and the merged entity of Zee-Sony.

If SAT allows Punit Goenka’s appeal and overrules the ban

According to Sandeep Bajaj, Advocate, Supreme Court, if the SAT order comes in favour of Punit Goenka, it does not necessarily signal the cessation of SEBI's investigation into the alleged fund diversion.

“SEBI will continue its inquiries into the matter, albeit without the ban on Punit Goenka, thereby allowing him the freedom to participate and cooperate in the investigative process.

“This ruling by SAT could also set a significant legal precedent for future cases involving regulatory actions by SEBI, potentially providing guidelines for the standard of fair evidence required in such matters,” said Bajaj.

According to Elara Capital’s Karan Taurani, if the outcome of the case is in Goenka’s favour, he would become part of the key managerial positions of the Zee-Sony merged company.

“Also, it will be a respite for the Goenka family as the proceedings have been expedited, as against earlier indications by SAT that proceedings would take eight months to be resolved,” Taurani told exchange4media.

If SAT upholds SEBI’s ban order

Experts believe that in such a scenario, Goenka could approach the Supreme Court against the verdict but till then he would be kept in abeyance from holding any key positions in the company.

“SAT’s order turning out to be in favour of SEBI would result in him remaining barred from key positions of the ZEE-Sony entity and the said investigation as stated by the SEBI order would last till April 2024, which means that till the time he doesn’t get the clearance from Sebi he will be kept in abeyance from one of the key positions,” said advocate Soayib Qureshi, Partner, PSL Advocates & Solicitors.

Sharing a similar view, Bajaj said, Goenka would be legally obligated to adhere to the terms of the ban as SAT's decision carries binding authority, and any failure to comply could result in legal repercussions.

Impact on ZEEL and Zee-Sony merged entity

As per the experts, if SAT upholds the Sebi ban on Goenka, significant implications would arise for the companies involved.

“Firstly, it would necessitate a substantial modification of the fundamental terms outlined in the merger agreement, particularly with regard to the continuation of Goenka as the MD and CEO. This is crucial as the proposed Zee-Sony merger explicitly identified Goenka as the key figure to assume this leadership role.

“His participation in negotiations and decision-making processes will undoubtedly have a positive influence on the merger, minimizing potential disruptions and governance challenges that may have arisen in his absence. It's worth noting that this merger, originally agreed upon by both parties in 2021, has already encountered its fair share of challenges, including legal disputes involving lenders such as Axis Finance and IDBI Bank over loan defaults by Zee Group entities. A favourable SEBI ruling will introduce yet another significant hurdle for the merger's progression,” said Qureshi.

“Given their (Goenka and Chandra) pivotal roles, this could have a profound impact on collaboration between the merging entities. Consequently, the governance and operational dynamics of the merged entity would be substantially affected by SAT's decision, ultimately influencing its performance in the market and its future prospects,” said Bajaj.

However, if the SAT order is in favour of Goenka, it will be a positive development for Zee Group and its future prospects.

According to Taurani, in either of the scenarios, the Zee-Sony merger is expected to go through as per timelines, as the NCLT approval is without any conditions.

“We expect the merged company to get re-listed by the first week of December this year. We maintain our positive stance on the merged company, backed by synergy benefit, MNC control, the positive impact of consolidation in the TV industry and scaling up of the OTT business,” Taurani said.

The SAT verdict is expected to come out in the next 8-10 days.

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Avinash Pandey re-elected President of IAA's India Chapter

Abhishek Karnani was named vice-president, Nandini Das as secretary, and Jaideep Gandhi as treasurer

By e4m Staff | Sep 28, 2023 8:26 AM   |   2 min read

Avinash Pandey

The India chapter of the International Advertising Association (IAA) has announced the re-election of ABP Network CEO Avinash Pandey as the President. Other elected members include the President, Free Press Journal Group Abhishek Karnani as vice-president, Nandini Das as secretary, and the Founder of Another Idea Jaideep Gandhi as treasurer. Members unanimously elected them at IAA's Annual General Meeting on Wednesday.

Five members were elected as voting members, including Srinivasan K Swamy, the Chairman and managing Director, R K Swamy Ltd; M.V. Shreyams Kumar, the Managing Director, Mathrubhumi Printing & Publishing Co Ltd; Prasanth Kumar, the CEO-South Asia, GroupM; Anant Goenka, the Executive Director, The Indian Express Pvt Ltd; Janak Sarda, Director, Blue Logic Systems. Megha Tata, CEO, Cosmos-Maya will continue as an ex-officio office bearer as Immediate Past President.

Avinash Pandey said, "The India Chapter of the IAA is arguably the most active industry Association of its kind in the country. Its initiatives cover a wide spectrum of areas including saluting excellence in Marketing, Creativity and communicating Sustainability. In the year gone by, we also started Tech Pulse to cater to the growing digital market. The IAA has always maintained that what is good, is good for business and in that spirit it has converted its Voice of Change initiative into a nation-wide movement aimed at breaking the gender bias in advertising and the entertainment industry.

In the year ahead we will also be spear-heading two initiatives where we walk the talk that Communication is a Force for Good, and will also once again lead a group of CEO's to the USA to study the latest developments in communication.

I look forward to a very meaningful term ahead."

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BBDO India works very hard, winning awards, but its growth has been too slow: TzeKiat Tan

During her maiden trip to India, the Asia CEO of BBDO spoke to e4m about her vision for the agency’s India office, and why she wants the accounts to be evaluated among other steps

By Kanchan Srivastava | Sep 28, 2023 8:15 AM   |   7 min read


It was in March 2022 that TzeKiat Tan assumed the role of regional Chair and CEO-Asia at BBDO. Tan had already spent 18 years with BBDO China before the elevation.

“It was the time when China was under strict lockdown and business activities were at minimal. It was a challenging time,” shared Tan, who prefers to be called Tze.

Shanghai based-Tze is on her maiden trip to India this week. She is meeting team members, taking stock of the situation, chalking out new strategies to take the agency ahead and, most importantly, is visiting BBDO India clients personally.

exchange4media caught up with her at the India launch of “BBDO Voices”, the 13th edition of the agency’s survey, which explores the impact of using brand purpose as an approach to brand positioning.


You have completed more than a year and a half in the current role. This period has been quite challenging for advertising due to the global economic headwinds and the Russia-Ukraine war among other things. How far have you succeeded in achieving your targets in the first year?

When I took over, China was still under lockdown, so it was really bad. All our communications and even the press were being done online. Therefore, at that time, I didn't set any KPI for myself. It was more like: ‘I'm going to listen to you. I'm going to understand what is going on - do what you are doing right now.’

The first six months, I was trying to understand what was going on, and what was missing. And, of course, I only benchmarked it with China because that's where I had been working for the last 18 years.

We started having this KPI set in October-November when I started flying out of China along with 14 days of quarantine. I did that with all offices across Asia. From January onwards, things slowly picked up.

At BBDO, we don't say - you need to do this, you need to do that. For us, the formula is always ‘People+Work = Profit’. What I ask our country offices is: Do you have the right creative leaders? For me, work is not just about winning. Creating work that shapes the market is important. Creating work that touches the heart of the consumers and leads to sales is important. So those are the formulas I have.

We believe that if you have the right people and the right kind of work, you will have the profit coming. Southeast Asia is actually doing so much better. We can see the growth coming, but India is growing slower. Therefore, my mission is not about everybody having to give me a double-digit. Growth depends on your market.

How is your India business doing? What are your main objectives of this visit?

We have all the right people here, but we have had slow growth. We didn't do well at the Cannes Lions Awards. We want to do better next year to contribute to our global ranking because our global business is doing very well. We need to do something. Josy Paul and the rest of the Creative Council knew that. This is a KPI that we set to help. We want to do good work next year, we'll do better work on this.

The BBDO Voices report launch was one of the main objectives. When I took on last year, I felt that this report has been very mature and it has inspired our teams to do good work. We thought, why don't we launch it across Asia. Brand purpose was one of the topics that we picked.

Coming in here is not just about this report, but meeting the team to talk about 2024, meeting the press, meeting some big clients here with whom I haven't had a chance to say hello to.

What was your perception about the India team before coming here? Has it changed now?

Yes, some of it, of course. The truth is, I envied this office a lot. Josy started this office 15 years ago with a small team. I had 60 people in BBDO Shanghai. So, I envy this office as they can do work beyond the norms with a small team. You look at the work that they do. They don’t do normal TVC or campaigns. They are doing work that has a social impact. I envy the team that has been doing the “Share the Load” campaign for P&G for so long.

What I should criticize about this office is that their growth is too small, too-too small. You're going to ask me, oh, how are you going to help them? I need them to pick the right client. I think they have so many clients, but the skill is to be smart.

Some clients will give you fame because they want to do great work but all clients don't want great creative work. My advice to the team is - don't put all your energy into such work. The team needs to have the right formula and grow faster on this. If China can do that, the Indian team can do it too, because we are very similar. Our office is very similar.

Are you suggesting that the team should compromise on creativity to save resources for better growth?

I would say that you need to have the right people working in the right team. You should not spend all your efforts on each and every client. You need different people on different accounts.

Do you think that the team is not able to utilize all its potential? What is your broader brief to the team?

Yeah. There are some clients that do not appreciate you. You might need to evaluate all your accounts. You have clients that really appreciate you and want you to do more. We have to segregate those clients.

My brief is to develop new capabilities. They can start shaping their digital team properly, just like the content team. Digital is from where the growth comes.

We plan to launch a new company in the next six months to enhance the capabilities of technology for the market. The India office just needs to grow faster. The team also needs to promote all its works, not just a few of them.

How important is it for the Asia CEO to meet local clients?

Definitely very important. It was not about signing a contract. As a boss, I need to understand the business as well. I am meeting the clients to understand - Are we doing good work? How can I help you? Do you have any worries about our work? The meetings were to understand the client business. For instance, we met the Reliance team yesterday at their shopping mall.

How does creativity differ from country to country within Asia regions?

I think Thailand’s work is largely around humour. In India, it is always about local culture. You try to be authentic to the Indian audience. China’s work tends to be more digital and innovative, and it looks like all the work that we won recently on Alibaba and things, that is all about innovations. They are very fast in their work. The Philippines work is largely centred around the islands. Thai work is very distinct and humane. Japan’s campaigns are very unique, they have very clear designs.

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