Leo Burnett CEO Saurabh Verma's Top 5 ads

There are some television commercials that leave you with a fuzzy feeling that lingers on much after the 30 seconder has gone off air, there are some that make a strong statement so simply that you’re bound to sit up and take notice and then there are some classics, which are forever etched in your mind. spoke to Leo Burnett India CEO Saurabh Verma to get his list of Top 5 ads in India from June - October, 2015.

Read on to know what he picked:

1) Amazon’s ‘Aur Dikhao’ campaign was created by Orchard Advertising and captured everyone’s heart by their tagline ‘Aur dikhao.’

“I really appreciate the ad because it gives variety to people. Its niche is very interesting as it gives cultural insights about Indians and their need for speaking more all the time, which has become part of popular culture. Furthermore, the role of the brand in the campaign is very integral.”

2) Vatika’s ‘Brave & Beautiful’ is an ad created by Linen Lintas and produced by Film Farm Mumbai. It is a strong ad that gives a completely different insight into the idea of a woman’s beauty. The ad dismisses the common perception that the beauty of a woman lies in her lustrous hair.

“It is a spectacular ad because the client has done something, which is least expected in this kind of ad category. It was very brave of the brand to do something like this. They have taken a position in the market place by their strong way of communication. It is a purposeful work and very humane.”

3) HDFC Life’s ‘Apne Dum Pe, Sar Utha Ke’ ad is life created by Leo Burnett. The ad film depicts the importance of a man in empowering his family to live a respectful life. This three minute ad leaves a strong message by its core thought about ‘Sar utha ke jiyo.’

“I like this ad as it has fantastic content, which deals on the whole brand proposition of ‘sar utha ke jiyo.’ The role of the brand is very integral to the communication. It is very uplifting, positive and optimistic piece of work in the insurance category. I don’t think any insurance company has worked like this for their ad.”

4) Ambuja Cement’s ‘Great Khali’ ad created by Publicis South Asia. The ad came up with simple yet strong idea by roping in former WWE world champion ‘The Great Khali.’

“This is the most fantastic piece of work in the entire year. I like this ad because it has taken a very simple yet strong concept. It communicates the message through a playful manner. The content is placed perfectly and is shareable. It has great vitality and has strong storytelling with fantastic characters.”

5) Star Sports’ ‘Mauka Mauka’ (World Cup) ad produced by Bubblewrap Films has competitive content where India challenges Pakistan for a match. Pakistan had never won a WC game against India in last six attempts and again they lose their ‘mauka’ of winning.

“It’s a series, it’s a campaign… an idea that extends beyond one’s imagination. According to me it was a spectacular campaign because it had strong content as well as the ability to live in the current period and get people to interact with the content depending on what was happening contextually with the matches.

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