Senthil Kumar

There’s a better version of you waiting to be #MadeOfSharing

Sharing. One would imagine that in today’s world, with our private lives made social and innermost feelings expressed in 140 characters, short-lived stories, status updates or snappy posts, we are doing enough of it. Actually not.

Because true sharing, like most other things in life, is about the quality of it. When was the last time we had a conversation with a stranger that gave us something to think about? Do we actually take the trouble to look away from our constantly buzzing phones to share an honest part of ourselves with someone? Do we shut the world out and listen to stories over a campfire or reach out in a meaningful way to our fellow humans?

Black & White, the brand that takes the inspiring message of spontaneous Gettogethers to the millennials, invites the young experience seekers of today to reach out and share. That conversation on a park bench, the chat while on holiday, breaking the ice in an elevator…so many people and so many connections go into making the person you are. And when you open yourself up to sharing, your life is the richer for it.

The new commercial sets the context for this idea in a new and meaningful way. While the visuals, shot evocatively in black and white, capture the imagination with connections with strangers made while running on a beach, at the theatre or a club, while camping or at a carnival, the voice over takes a leap in establishing a possible relationship with the protagonist.

Directed by the acclaimed Jamie Muir, who is a millennial himself, and produced by Firecracker films, the film was shot across varied landscapes in Portugal, with a talented team of actors and crew.

Commenting on the new campaign, Abhishek Shahabadi, Portfolio Head for the premium and luxury category said: “The commercial was created with the aim of spreading the message that personal satisfaction comes from sharing the good things in life, with people around us. The storyboard motivates people to step out and share a bit of themselves, urging them not to hold back, thereby enriching their lives.”

Conceptualized and written by Priya Shivakumar, Senior Vice President & Executive Creative Director, JWT Bangalore said;

“What if we saw a stranger as a connection waiting to be made, or as a role they could play in our life? Would we then, be more open to reaching out and sharing? In a world of superficial connections and transactional relationships, we wanted this message to go beyond the medium and make a difference to people’s lives. So that next time you’re alone at a table in a café or waiting for that delayed flight to take off, you look up from your phone, look around and find a meaningful connection that could enrich your life in ways you cannot imagine. That could be the stuff of riveting stories or memories held dear.”.

Credits:

Chief Creative Officer: Senthil Kumar
ECD & Writer: Priya Shivakumar
Creative Team: Jayanarayanan Kakkara, Deepak Manohar
Production House: Firecracker
Director: Jamie Muir
Music: Naozad Patel
Account Management: Kartik Krishnamurthy, Swati Singh

 

 

 

Uncelebrate Women’s Day : PC Chandra Jewellers by JWT Kolkata

In a world that has been male-dominated for centuries, gender bias and discrimination has seeped into our cultural fabric and rule our entire lives.

How often have you heard boys being told ‘Don’t cry like a girl’? How often have you thought men look ‘cool’ in shorts while girls look ‘hot’? Have you ever thought why children always take on the father’s surname? The phrase ‘working-mom’ is popular, but not so with ‘working-dads’? Why are daughters barred from performing the last rites of their parents?

Our daily life is strewn with many such small mindless examples of such bias. Simple acts that come naturally, are often sub-consciously guided by the male way of thinking.

Even Women’s Day is the same. It’s a 24-hours carnival to make women feel at the top of the world. Social media gets flooded with dollops of praise for women and gender equality. But on the strike of the midnight hour, the world goes back to its normal ways of bias and discrimination.

PC Chandra Jewellers, a brand that stands for the modern empowered women, decided to change this pseudo-narrative of equality. We went out and spoke to women across the city about bias and discrimination that they face in their day to day lives. They poured their heart out. Most of them spoke about the small, small instances of unconscious gender bias that have become a part of our daily lives. We collected the interviews in an appeal video with a clarion call to #UncelebrateWomensDay.

Credits
Client: PC Chandra Jewellers
Agency: JWT Kolkata
Chief Creative Officer: Senthil Kumar
VP & ECD: Arjun Mukherjee
Creative Director: Moeinuk Sengupta, Nabendu Saha, Tandra Chakravarty
VP & EBD: Ayan Chakraborty
Client Servicing: Sreeparna Gupta, Sushmita Byapari
Production House: Made in Calcutta
Directed by: Abhishek Sinha
D.O.P: Mrinmoy Nandi
Editor: Arghyakamal Mitra
Music: Gaurab Chatterjee
Location Sound: Rakesh Banerjee
Sound Design & Mixing: Amit Kumar Dutta
Colourist: Ritajit Raychaudhuri
Make-up: Ujjwal Dutta
Special Thanks to: Chandreyee Ghosh, Paroma Banerjee, Anisha Mandal, Sarmishta Pandey, Koyel Nath Goswami, Akansha Ghoshal, Brinda Biswas, Sakhi Ray, Sayasi Ghosh and Ayushi Haldar.

 

Kiddo’s by JWT Hyderabad

Advertising Agency: JWT, Hyderabad, India
Managing Partner: Ram Gedela
Chief Creative Officer: Senthil Kumar
Executive Creative Directors: Shyamsunder Goud, Hari Vedala
Art Director / Copywriter: Shyamsunder Goud
Photographer: Aneel Boosa
Digital Image Retoucher: Vijay Nanaware
VP & EBD: John Thomas
Account Director: Abhishek Goud