Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. has introduced the latest 360O ad campaign – ‘LOVE IS GROWING’ for the iconic Activa 5G, India’s No. 1 selling two-wheeler. Developed by Dentsu One, a Dentsu Aegis Network Company, the TVC is now on air across all popular channels.
From its debut in 2001, Honda 2Wheelers India singularly started the scooterization of Indiawith the iconic Activaon back of its two core strengths – advance technology and innovation. Activa’s biggest strength lies in its continuous evolution ahead of the time which has fortified its universal appeal that cuts across generations, geographies and genders.
Now, transforming the way India rides ahead, Honda has launched the 5th generation ‘ACTIVA 5G’ which gets New Deluxe variant (with digital-analog meter, ECO speed indicator and Service Due Indicator), industry first features in 110cc segment (full LED Headlamp and position lamp), next-generation looks, 2 new colours, added convenience (front hook, 4-in-1 lock with seat opening switch, retractable rear hook) and higher durability (metal muffler protector).
You may be a young college student or a middle aged professor, the feeling of love that Activa 5G evokes is universal. This is why, even 17 years and many generationslater, ‘Love is Growing’ with the launch of latest 5th generation Activa 5G.
Brief shared with agency:
Growing over its 17 year journey, Activa is the only scooter to overtake motorcycles and become India’s No. 1 selling two-wheeler brand. The icon is the “Most Trusted & Convenient” common denominator for 18 million plus Indians.
The‘Love is Growing’ campaign is unique in more ways than one. Here, the obvious, that is, the technology, new stylish design, advance features and added convenience which make Activa the leader are subtle but not the focus. Instead, the campaign takes a step further and celebrates how Activa is not just a two-wheeler but an emotion, that is, love which unites millions of Indian families and youth.
Since the launch of Activa in 2001, the world has changed. Generations too have changed. But, India’s universal love for Activa keeps growing as the new generation Activa 5G excites both youth and families.
Hence, the approach was to showcase Activa’s unparalleled universal appeal and love using daily life as the canvas. Giving an extra fun punch and emotional connect to the TVC is the story of main characters – TaapseePannu, daughter of college professor (BomanIrani) with many a comic twists.
Honda’s ‘Love is Growing’ TVC starts with an establishment of a college campus. It is here that Taapsee enters riding the new Activa 5G with her father (BomanIrani) as her pillion. Father and daughter duo (BomanIrani and TaapseePannu) riding the new Activa 5G to college. Boman character of a college professor’s bag has been placed on the footboard, attached to the new retractable rear hook.
A group of 4 youth stop to notice the scene. The first says ‘Ye to wahihaiyaar’ to which the second replies ‘lagti to bilkulalaghaiyaar’ to which the third friend adds “Bright like sunshine”. For the audience, the first impression is that students are infatuated with the pretty girl riding the scooter. But as the scooter draws nearer, it is realised the object of their fancy is the all new Activa 5G. The opening scene thus establishes the love for Activa is growing more with the new Activa 5G which looks and rides completely different.
One of the friend though has all eyes for the girl and says “Tu 5G Dekh, Mujhe to apna future dikhrahahai.” The strict professor father (Boman) hearing this gets annoyed and scolds the boy to come inside the building. A voice over in the background introduces the scooter as ‘Agayahainaya Activa 5G. Curiosity badhegi, bateinbadhengi, aurpyaartohbadhega hi.’
When Taapsee returns, she asks the boy what he was saying about the future. But once again, before he can reply, the professor returns. Such is the universal appeal and love of Activa that on the way back, Boman rides the Activa 5G. Meanwhile, new love is growing in real life too as Taapsee looks back and smiles at the boy while her father, Boman senses this.
Excerpts from Spokespersons:
“As the No. 1 selling two-wheeler of India, Activa is no longer just a mobility solution but a cherished part of life for more than 18 million Indian families and youth. Activa has transformed to meet the evolving needs of every generation over the years. The new fifth generation Activa 5G while staying true to its legacy of trust, innovation, quality, reliability and convenience; looks and rides completely different giving young India all the more reason to fall in love with it. The new ‘Love is Growing’ campaign celebrates that not only is the Love for Activa is growing but love is growing in real life too,” said Mr. Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd.
“Activa is a household name in India. It has seen many generations. As we were briefed about the 5th generation model of this very popular brand, we thought let’s showcase how this love is growing. The film is a little chapter from this love story, which occurs in a University, between one of the students and the professor’s daughter. It was great working with BomanIrani. Taapsee adds a new flavour to the brand. We hope the film builds on the love that the brand already enjoys across the nation”, said Mr. Titus Upputuru, National Creative Director, Dentsu One.
“Activa has become an inseparable part of Indian families since its launch 17 years back. So many things have changed during this time but the love and affection for Activa has only grown and multiplied over the years. With this growing love across multiple generations, it was the right time to launch Activa 5G with a quirky campaign where the brand becomes the harbinger or catalyst to get two people to fall in love with each other.” said Mr. Abhinav Kaushik, Senior Vice President, Account Management, Dentsu One.
LINKS TO THE CAMPAIGN:
Campaign elements: TVC, Print, Outdoor, Digital, Cinema
Client: Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd.
Creative Agency: Dentsu One Pvt. Ltd.
National Creative Director: Titus Upputuru
Associate Creative Director: Archana Sudarsan
Art Supervisor: Sumanyu Singhal
Planning Team: Anand Murty, Samik Chatterjee
Senior Vice President, Account Management: Abhinav Kaushik
Account Management Team: Yoshio Habu, Aakash Jain, Ganesh Parthiban
Agency Producer: Dawa Lama
Director (of the film): Hemant Bhandari
Producer: Abhishek Notani
Production House: Chrome Pictures
Title of film: “Love is Growing”
Duration: 60 seconds
Campaign breaks as of: 10th April, 2018
Campaign ends: 10th May, 2018
Exposure: Television, Digital, Print, Outdoor