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TVCs: Fogg Body Spray–Kya chalraha hai?


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By Malay Desai


A new series of commercials launched recently by body spray brand Fogghave a similar theme. In all the films, one character walks in to a mundane or unusual situation and asks the question, ‘Kya chal raha hai?’, meaning to ask ‘What’s new?’ The answers to this, in all settings, namely a grocery store, hospital, café and the India-Pakistan border, are the same – ‘Foggchalraha hai.’ All the films close with the same message of the brand being the number one perfume body spray in India.


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In the FMCG market, if your product is in a cluttered category, you must either have deep MNC pockets or a really clever idea to disrupt it and be a leader. I remember Anchor White Toothpaste, soon after launching, created a hoopla by calling itself ‘vegetarian’, giving Colgate a short-lived beating. The latter would later come up with a question, ‘Does your toothpaste have salt?’ so successfully, it’s still a running joke.


Darshan Patel, former co-owner of ParasPharma did something similar with Fogg by direct attacks on rivals claiming it had no ‘gas’. Ironic as its name was, the idea stuck and Fogg has disrupted the deo race since, the number was at 20 lakh cans a month when I last checked. Axe Effect, go sweat.


Now, knowing well it’s connected with ‘no gas’ and wanting to boast its leader status, Fogg comes up with an idea so inane and stupid, it might just stick to our minds for a while. The idea is simple – use the omnipresent Indian greeting of well-being ‘Kya chalraha hai?’ and add a response to it, even if it sounds meaningless.


In the films, the response, ‘Foggchalraha hai’ is consistent, no matter what the situation is – a casual stroll on the street or a sly meeting of an informer with an accomplice. The situations are varied, and the common end adds to the stickiness of the campaign. My favourite one is when an old man in an ICU answers the doc’s question with the Fogg line. It’s hilarious in the ‘PSPO nahin janta’ manner.


Not all the films are hilarious, but understand this – if they’re thrown at you from various channels, or even better, during overs of a cricket ODI, you’d either start loving or hating it. Either ways, the marketers will benefit.


The over 2000 crore deodorant market is a slugfest now, with over half a dozen locally conceptualised brands such as Fogg, Wild Stone and ITC’s Engage are taking on the biggie Axe, which is bound to hit back. I’ll be happy every time either of them will go off the ‘chick magnet’ route.


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