New Delhi, 22 October, 2015: The shimmering festival season is back and so are the cheerful and fun moments with loved ones. To ensure that the spontaneous and off the cuff social gatherings are enjoyed to the fullest, Coca-Cola, the universal icon of Happiness, once again assumes the role of the perfect icebreaker making way for fun moments and bringing everyone closer at planned and unplanned gatherings.The brand’s latest communication campaign – ‘Coca-Cola pilao mehmano ko kareeb lao’ – based on the idea – Everybody loves the taste of Coca-Cola, aims to celebrate light, spontaneous and uninhibited moments with friends and family. It reiterates that the real joy of relationships is felt when connections are informal and not riddled with formality.

The new campaign, set to go on-air on October 22nd 2015, sees Alia reprise her role as the newly wed bride from this year’s summer campaign. She finds herself in uncharted territory when her husband’s aunt and her family drop in unannounced. She tries to be the ideal Indian daughter-in-law by doing everything she can to live up to their imagined standards of their expectations. A happy coincidence introduces Coca-Cola into the mix and completely changes the complexion of the situation

Talking about the new campaign, Debabrata Mukherjee, VP – Marketing & Commercial, Coca-Cola India, said, “Festivals in India are all about moments of celebration anchored on the excitement of bonding and togetherness with loved ones. However, meeting friends and family are no longer lighthearted and spontaneous acts as the burden of formality takes away the unbridled joy of relaxed conversations. Keeping this in mind, our new campaign, ‘Coca-Cola pilao, mehmano ko kareeb lao’, amplifies the need for such spontaneous acts of togetherness. We are conveying this message via a story around a newlywed bahu(bride) who is akin to the girl next door and how Coca-Cola becomes the catalyst in bringing her closer to the guests as they meet up over conversations and a refreshing Coca-Cola”.

Speaking about the campaign, Coca-Cola brand ambassador, Actor Alia Bhatt, said, “It has always been fun shooting for the Coca-Cola campaigns, as they are always peppy and something people can relate to. Coca-Cola has a universal appeal and as a brand it strikes a chord with everyone across age groups and cultures. The new TVC is something that every newlywed will relate to. We have all been in situations where guests come in unannounced, fortunately, Coca-Cola always comes to the rescue. Everybody loves the magical taste of Coca-Cola.”

Through this campaign, the company strengthens the idea that Coca-Cola can be enjoyed by one and all, as everybody loves the taste of Coca-Cola. This initiative is directed at helping Coca-Cola target in-home consumption for the category using festivals as a connection moment.

The TVC has been created by team McCann led by Prateek Bhardwaj with guidance from Prasoon Joshi, and directed by Pushpendra Misra of Flying Saucer.

Commenting on the campaign, Prasoon Joshi, Executive Chairperson and Creative Director, President, McCann Asia Pacific said,”Festivals carry a special vibe, more so in our country   where different aspects come into play. As times are changing we see that social interactions are becoming less hierarchical and more informal. But even then hosting guests comes along with a sense of pressure, especially when the relationships in question are the newly made ones. The team at McCann along with the Coca-Cola Brand champions has looked through this lens to craft a campaign, which accentuates this need to socialize more-sans the burden of formality and brings to life the role that Coca-Cola plays in this.”

In-addition to mass media advertising, the integrated communication program will be extensively leveraged through social media, radio and POSM. Coca-Cola India will also soon be rolling out the special Coca-Cola Festival gift packs which facilitate the exchange of an ice cold refreshing         Coca-Cola with friends and family.

Creative Team

  • Prasoon Joshi -Executive Chairperson and Creative Director, President, McCann Asia Pacific
  • Prateek Bhardwaj – National Creative Director McCann Worldgroup
  • Kartikeya Dixit – Creative Director (Copy)
  • Soumya Nagabhushan – Creative Director(Art)

Production House: Flying Saucer

  • Director (film): Pushpendra Misra
  • Music: Sagar Desai
  • Executive Producer – Divyaa Iyer

About Coca-Cola India

 Coca-Cola India is one of the country’s leading beverage companies, offering a range of healthy, safe, high quality, refreshing beverage options to consumers. Over the last 22 years, ever since its re-entry in 1993, the company has gone on to establish an unmatched portfolio of beverages; refreshing consumers with its leading beverage brands like Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Coca-Cola Zero, Thums Up, Fanta, Limca, Sprite, Maaza, Minute Maid range of juices range of hot and cold tea and coffee options, FUZE Iced tea, Kinley and Bonaqua packaged drinking water, Kinley Club Soda and BURN. The Company along with its bottling partners and through a strong network of over 2.6 million retail outlets, touches the lives of millions of consumers. Its brands are some of the most preferred and most sold beverages in the country – Thums Up and Sprite – being the top selling sparkling beverages.

With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and contribute to the development of the communities where we operate. Some its Company’s flagship community development programs include the “Support My School” program, the “Parivartan” retailer training program, women empowerment program as a part of the global 5BY20 campaign etc.

For further information on the company’s India operations and its products, please visit:
www.coca-colaindia.com.