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If there was a hotness quotient for advertising, most Indian ads would at best rate as tepid. But then, for the authorities even the tepid occassionally gets unbearably hot and the cold water follows soon. We take a look back at the ads that were deemed unfit for public consumption.
In the same not-so-innocent 1990s Pooja Bedi played a hot game of chess and had a steamy shower with Marc Robinson while Viveka Babajee and Inder Sudan went wild under a waterfall, all to sell condoms appropriately branded – Kamasutra. This made Pooja Bedi a household name and was perhaps Viveka Babajee’s solitary claim to fame.
The October 1991 issue of Debonair magazine sold out in a matter of days. The reason, the issue carried ads, featuring Pooja Bedi and Marc Robinson, for the just-launched Kamasutra Condoms.
In a 2008 directive to the television channels, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting had prohibited the “transmission or re-transmission” of the “vulgar” Lux Cozy advertisement.
Back in 1998, when Bipasha Basu was still a model and Dino Morea used to be her boyfriend, the two got cozy for an ad for Swiss underwear brand Calida. The image of Dino tugging Bipasha’s panty with his teeth was too hot to handle for the then Minister of State for Cultural Affairs, Anil Deshmukh. The caption accompanying the saucy pictures read, “And you thought your appetite for indulgence could only be whetted by Swiss chocolates”.
An ad for VIP Frenchie X underwear showing a girl entering a room to find a young man in his underwear was also deemed obscene.
Besides underwear, the other product that on the crosshairs of regulators is condoms. For a copywriter, it is quite challenging to churn out subtle ads for male contraceptives, when the nature of the product itself is explicit. The Pyar Hua Iqurar Hua ad for Nirodh condoms is only an exception.
The airing of DKT’s XXX Flavoured Dotted Condoms ads during the ICC Champions Trophy in 2007 had ruffled the feathers of both the Advertising Standards Council of India and the Censor Board.
The complaint registered with the ASCI reads, “Visuals of ‘a woman sensually and orally enjoying the flavours of fruits.’ are obscene and vulgar”
The surrogate advertisement for AC Black Whisky (the advertised product was AC Black Apple Juice) had stirred up a bit of controversy in the early 2000s.
As he sips for the kill, he finds his shirt open. The woman is also playing the same game. The tagline says, Kucch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai (Anything is possible). The TVC was subsequently taken off air.
Malaika Arora had met future husband Arbaaz Khan while both were shooting for an ad for MR Coffee. The ad, due to its sexual overtones, generated quite a controversy. Even Amul came up with a parody ad around it.
There exist stringent directives for advertisers to keep in mind before they release an ad for public consumption.