Campaign India Team
Jun 21, 2011

Cannes Lions 2011: BBDO India and Mudra strike first metals for India this year

On the opening day, BBDO India bagged two Silver Lions for Gillete’s ‘Shave Sutra’ while Mudra bagged one Silver and two Bronze Lions for Reliance Media Works’ ‘Silent National Anthem’

Cannes Lions 2011: BBDO India and Mudra strike first metals for India this year

India bagged five Lions on the opening day at Cannes Lions 2011. BBDO India won two Silver PR Lions for Gillete’s ‘Shave Sutra’ campaign, while Mudra Communications won two Bronze Promo & Activation Lions and one Silver PR Lion for their ‘Silent National Anthem’.  Indian agencies did not win any metal under the Direct Lions category.

On the quality of Indian entries, Brian Tellis, chairman, Fountainhead Promotions and Events and Promo & Activation Lions jury member said, “We had more than 2,100 entries in the category. Of this seven entries from India made it to the shortlist. This is a good sign.  I have never judged before, so obviously I don’t know what the previous year benchmarks were. But if the president of the jury, Warren Brown is to be believed, the level of creativity this year seems to be very high.”

Elaborating on his jury experience, Tellis added, “I think at this level of competition, you are not just looking at how clever the ad was with respect to the local market, which is very important from a client-agency perspective, what you are looking at is how radical or compelling or brave the idea is, as compared to other ideas from around the world. Without taking away from the effectiveness of the campaign in the local market, which everyone agrees was good; you are competing with how brave or cutting-edge your idea was on a world-scale. I think that’s where we lost out. Moreover, we need to present the ideas keeping in mind the sensibilities of the environment within which the idea was made, because only then will the level of creativity or effectiveness will come out. The third area what I noticed, that is more of a reaction after what I noticed here, is that a lot of jury members were familiar with the entries from their part of the world before they came in. Because the jury is always looking at how the ad was relevant to the local landscape, beyond what is on the storyboard. So, I think one of the things that we can do, is to make our Indian jurors more familiar with the work coming in from the country so that they can better represent the country or the campaigns.”

Watch the winning campaigns:
Shave Sutra
BBDO India’s objective was to get Indian men to shave every day, including weekends. ShaveSutra was released in the form of instructional videos and CDs and distributed in cafes and on the internet. Special ShaveSutra guide books and virals on the net added to the conversation. ShaveSutra was also activated on-ground in over 25 cities - as part of the Shave India Movement. At a mass ShaveSutra event in Delhi, hundreds of women shaved their men in public.
Client: Gillete India
Agency: BBDO India
Chairman and chief creative officer: Josy Paul
Executive creative director: Rajdeepak Das
Creative directors: Josy Paul/Rajesh Saathi/Rajdeepak Das
Copywriters: Josy Paul/Rajesh Saathi/Rajdeepak Das/Pashyn Sethna
Art directors: Nawin Nandakumar/Manasi Sankhe/Rajdeepak Das/Sagar Jadhav/Sandeep SawantClient servicing: Keegan D’Mello/Nagessh Pannaswami
Photographer: Sandeep Barge
Director: Rajesh Saathi
Music: Sanjeev Wadhwani
Producers: Simran Bedi/Harish Nambiar/Raj Hatte
Director of Photography: Manoj Lobo
Editor: Rajeev Mohite/Pashyn Sethna, BBDO India
Editors: Jiten/ Anil
Illustrator: Nawin Nandakumar
Brand Manager: Sharat Varma, P&G
Assistant brand managers: Prateek Ranjan/Anjul Gupta, P&G
Editor: Manish Sinha/ Anil K. Yadav
Silent National Anthem
Mudra Communications created a film for BIG Cinemas featuring children with speech or hearing impairments enacting the Indian National Anthem in sign language.
Client: Reliance Media Works
Agency: Mudra Communications
Chief creative officer and copy writer: Bobby Pawar
Art director: Deepak Singh
Production house: Chrome Pictures
Director: Amit Sharma
Producers: Hemant Bhandari and Aaliyah Sen Sharma 


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