Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings, IPL final match report

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Alex writes:

I watched the pre-match sunglasses-fest/pose-athon while tucking into Kashmiri lamb shank rogan josh. Unfortunately, my reluctantly embraced ‘no beer’ policy meant I enjoyed the main event in my room, accompanied by a bottle of Bisleri bottled water.

What I like to call “the IPL ad endurance challenge” really demands something stronger. Indian IPL advertising makes you think that the “more ties!” ad is on low rotation in the UK.

Being as it was the final, there was a wider range of advertisers than for the league matches, which typically featured the same three ads repeated a billion times each. For this match, there were as many as seven different ads and there was even one I hadn’t seen before.

I’m quite familiar with it now.

Sadly, neither of my favourite ads appeared: the Fanta ad (I fancy the girl) nor the Havells ad where a guy hangs someone, makes a glum expression and then walks home. That one’s a classic that would probably be less impressive if I understood the voiceover at the end.


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  1. ITV4 showed that Sure for men ad about 26 times.

    Pretty sure I can recite it word for word now.

  2. The Havells advertisement is about a hangman who returns home from ‘work’ to an energy efficient light bulb. The voiceover goes, “At least you can do some good by saving electricity”. Classy.

  3. Had no idea what Havells are so googled them and find that whatever they are, accessing their site may harm my computer. Crikey

  4. Ding Dong! The Witch is dead.
    Which old Witch? The Wicked Witch!
    Ding Dong! The Wicked Witch is dead.
    Wake up – sleepy head, rub your eyes, get out of bed.
    Wake up, the Wicked Witch is dead.

    He’s gone where the goblins go,
    Below – below – below.
    Yo-ho, let’s open up and sing and ring the bells out.
    Ding Dong’ the merry-oh, sing it high, sing it low.
    Let them know
    The Wicked Witch is dead!

  5. Ceci, you are right, by God. What is Havells? Hang men and harmful websites. Rather Bond Villainesque.

    It has just occurred to me that Botham’s agent once said he was going to be the next Bond, or did I dream that after too much port and Colston Bassett?

  6. The Havells ad voiceover says that everyone inadvertently has to commit some sins in their life (although the hanging is a slightly grave one, although not quite a sin since he is hanging a criminal on death penalty, but the man carries the guilt), the voiceover continues to say that to compensate for the sins, one must use Havells light bulbs so that you can redeem yourself (get some good karma)

  7. That was kind of what we’d guessed. We’d still prefer not to know though.

    It was very disappointing when we first spotted the lightbulb. Until that point, the ad was a dark and cryptic masterpiece that seemed totally unsuited to daytime TV.

  8. that ad sort of sucks, the only way it could be good is if you were ignorant of the “message” (which is balls). which is the ideal life, really. I envy you.

  9. The appeal really did lie in how completely baffling, uninformative and irrelevant it seemed.

    Has no-one found the Fanta ad yet?

  10. ‘Fraid not. It’s a slightly demented, high-octane affair with a flying car and some arm flapping.

    At least that’s how we remember it.

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