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Grey employs sarcasm for ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ in India

The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi on October 2, 2014 announced the Swachh Bharat Mission, to motivate the citizens of India to keep the country clean of garbage and dirt. The mission has taken the country by storm and every Indian seems to be bitten by the ‘Swachh Bharat’ bug.

In order to support the exercise and continue the momentum, Grey Group India , arm of WPP, were recently awarded to handle the creative duties of this mission has produced a new TVC as part of a larger campaign for the Swachh Bharat Mission.

There are many offenders who have no qualms about throwing garbage on the street, littering on the streets, urinating in public, among others and are not contributing towards the social responsibility of keeping the nation clean. The central idea of the campaign is to ‘shame’ those offenders who do so.

It’s time to start embarrassing them for their actions and make them feel what they are doing is wrong. Grey’s campaign aims at shaming those offenders, as the protagonist in the TV campaign is cheered or rather jeered by the people who have observed the protagonist’s littering act. This is the first phase of the campaign, demonstrated by a 60 second TV commercial, which will be aired in 10 languages across all major networks in India.

“We are delighted to be part of Swachh Bharat initiative. We believe that the idea of shaming people who litter, is a compelling idea and can become a very effective behaviour change tool, once it gets traction in social media and ground activation,” said Samir Datar, VP & Branch Head, Grey Delhi.

Grey Group is now working on the second phase to add momentum to this communication. Grey Group India’s National Creative Director and EVP, Malvika Mehra said, “There is a saying in hindi ‘jab ghee seedhi ungli say na niklay, tab ungli tedhi karni padti hai’ .”

Despite countless ‘Keep India Clean’ efforts/messages by the government, we still see a total lack of involvement from our brethren for the cause. The sarcasm in the film is an attempt to drive home the point harder by literally ‘humiliating’ the offender, albeit nicely. Hope such efforts lead to a Swachh Bharat indeed.

Creative: Malvika Mehra, Dushyant Chopra, Arpan Bhattacharya, Saumya Aggarwal
Servicing: Samir Dattar, Sanghamitra Chakraborty, Titash Dutta
Planning: Dheeraj Sinha, Ajay Ravindran
Films: Samir Chadha, Sharad Shinde
Voice Over: Anupam Kher
Production House: Razorblade Films
Producer: Christopher Wagner
Director: Rahil Patel
DOP: Milind Shirke
Music: Niriksha Ajay Kakade