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Surf Excel tugs at heartstrings with its Holi ad made for the pandemic

The ad shows how a little boy makes the festival of colours special for his elderly friend

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Mar 2, 2021 11:16 AM
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The pandemic had isolated all sections of society last year. It struck at the very heart of what makes us human – our social and emotional connection with one another. Even though lives seem to be going back to normal slowly, certain vulnerable segments of the society like the elderly and senior citizens continue to remain socially distant for safety. And while we all want to visit our loved ones, this has been hard given the risks associated with travelling and socializing. For our elders, this also means that they have been deprived of the emotional and social warmth of being close to their families for a long time. 

Surf Excel’s latest Holi campaign takes forward its unique 'Daag Achhe Hain' brand proposition and continues to use colours as a medium of ‘togetherness’. This year, it shows how the colours of Holi can help bridge emotional distances and bring hearts closer, despite physical distancing. 

Surf Excel’s latest campaign #RangAchheHain shows a heart-warming gesture by an innocent boy who wishes to include his friend Rancho, an elderly neighbor, in the Holi celebrations. On realizing that Rancho cannot be included in the festivities like everyone else, he decides to have his own ingenious yet responsible celebration with Rancho. The TVC builds the emotional quotient as the boy says, ‘Mere haath nahi pahunchenge, isliye rang pahuncha diye." The ingenuity of the boy and his empathy towards Rancho brings alive the true spirit of Holi and demonstrates that physical distance should not deter emotional connections, a fact vividly showcased in the ad. 

Commenting on the launch of the campaign, Prabha Narasimhan, Executive Director & VP – Home Care, South Asia, Hindustan Unilever Ltd, said, “Holi is one of the biggest and most loved festivals in our country and we have been able to create a strong emotional connect with our audiences through our Holi campaigns in the last two years. This year is a bit different as we are all still reeling from the effects of the pandemic, which has created both physical and emotional distances. Addressing the emotional needs of the vulnerable segment of the population, the ad shows how a young boy endeavours to include the elderly in the festive fervor through a simple yet creative way of making colors reach where hands cannot. It is a natural extension of our brand philosophy of ‘Daag achhe hain’, in which we have always shown children getting dirty while doing good deeds & demonstrating good values. We do hope that people are inspired to find their own unique ways to connect with their families this festive season."

Talking about the conceptualization of the campaign, Carlos Pereira, Creative Director, said, “The campaign continues to build on the theme of how “Holi colours can bring people together”. But this year, given the new rules of engagement due to the pandemic, it was important to also showcase how Holi can be celebrated in a responsible manner. The campaign reflects on how colours can be a medium for fostering emotional togetherness, even though there may be physical distance between us.”

 

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