Mandar Wairkar a hard-core Mumbai ka Chokra, currently based in Kuala Lumpur as a Creative Group Head at J Walter Thompson, Malaysia. A student of JJ Institute of Applied Arts, life was great back home in Mumbai watching Bollywood movies, dancing to Dhol tasha tunes every year at Lalbagh and relishing bhurji-pav post mid night while still enjoying his advertising stint at Ogilvy. Life took an interesting turn when he decided to go for a backpacking trip to Southeast Asia and was offered his first international break in Singapore, which he still finds it hard to believe. It’s been 5 years since then and he is enjoying every bit of this roller coaster ride.
Why are you into Advertising?
My father is a renowned Illustrator and Cartoonist, who worked in the advertising industry for more than two decades. All I heard as a kid was his advertising stories, discussions with his fellow art directors and writers whenever I was home. Unknowingly it played a huge influence on me and it was fairly an easy decision I took. So unlike many who bumped into this business, I always wanted to be in it.
Did you attend school for fine art or design or Communications?
Yes. I did my bachelors of Fine Arts at Sir. J J Institute of Applied Arts, Mumbai