You must surely have come across the recent Airtel TVC from across the border, chanting ‘Jo Mera Hai Wo Tera Hai’ (What’s mine is yours). Infectious as it is, it  inadvertently brought to my mind another TVC from earlier this year, this time home-grown: the Dosti Ke Rung campaign by Warid Glow.

What’s interesting is the very similar nature, target group, and overall feel of both the commercials.

Airtel ‘jo mera hai wo tera hai, Jo tera hai wo mera TVC from The Desi Design on Vimeo.

Glow – Dosti Ke Rung (Official) from The Desi Design on Vimeo.

Despite the uncanny similarities, why is it that one ad appeals so much to its desired audience, is more like a short dose of silly entertainment and goes viral effortlessly, while the other one feels stilted and superficial? Or simply, why does one work and the other doesn’t?

Let’s hear it in the comments!

On an unrelated note, product placement in frikkin commercials! Notice quite a few Samsung devices in the Airtel ad?! 😮