ads from the 1990s

Adieu Hindustan Ambassador. An unofficial (and animated) Google doodle

Ambassador local taxi with red beacon

The good ol’ Amby has finally shuddered to a halt. And here’s an unofficial Google doodle (albeit a little late) honking in honour of the grand old lady of Indian roads. In the hills, where I come from, the incline is steep and the load is heavy some Mark IIIs and IVs still ply – [Read more]

Is this the worst condom ad in Indian advertising history?

Zaroor Condoms ads from 1999

Condom advertisements, I have seen many. But this 1999 advertisement for Zaroor Condoms is in a class of its own. “If you don’t want to be Baap look for Zaroor ka Chaap,” says Vrajesh Hirjee appearing as a rather incompetent condom salesman. A copy that can make any self-respecting copywriter kaap and make him/her want [Read more]

Zeenat Aman and Mazhar Khan in Baba Zarda ads

Many on-screen enchantresses have not been lucky in love and the sex-symbol of the 1970s Zeenat Aman is no exception. After her relationship with Sanjay Khan left her with a damaged eye, Zeenat married the already-married and a decade younger Mazhar Khan in 1985. The couple had two sons, Azaan and Zahaan. But this relationship [Read more]

Great ads, Michelangelo’s David’s penis and The Times of India

To celebrate its 153 years of existence, the Old Lady of Bori Bunder published a Lintas created advertisement that many, including the Advertising Council Standards of India, thought to be unbecoming of the Old Lady. The ad that stirred a controversy was published in a celebratory supplement in the November 3, 1991 issue of The [Read more]

Sexy Indian Ads

Cutting the CHai - Default featured image

Adjective: sexy (sexier, sexiest) seksee1. Marked by or tending to arouse sexual desire of interest“feeling sexy”; “sexy clothes”; “sexy poses”; “a sexy book”; “sexy jokes”2. Exciting sexual desire That’s what the wonderful and handy dictionary – WordWeb – describes the word “sexy” as. Since it is difficult to be suggestive (leave alone being explicit) without [Read more]