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Aegon Religare: Dark humour

Finally, we get to see some humour in a commercial that’s selling insurance

Good to watch ads from an insurance company that try to generate some laughter. Usually ads in this category are far too serious and moribund. Aegon Religare has released a set of three hilarious commercials. Yes, the humour is dark, yet quite funny.
 
In the first commercial, we see three dudes returning home in their car, from what appears to have been a wild costume party. They are dressed in animal costumes.

One chap, who's decked up as a deer, decides he needs to urgently relieve himself as they pass by a forest area. But a hunter (was that macho stud Salman Khan?) mistakes the poor sod to be a black buck, and shoots at him. Finito! In another commercial, a typical office exec is seen chatting away on his mobile, as he pompously struts around the office corridors. And finally decides to lean against a window pane of the high-rise building, not realising the window is open! Down goes the high-flying dude! Oops! The third one is actually the funniest of the lot. This one features the famous Lokhandwala Laughter Club. Where the otherwise unhappy, sad, neglected senior citizens get together to take part in some forced laughter. Inside one of the hollering uncle's open mouth, a bumble bee decides to make a forced entry. End of laughter. Hilarious! The concept: "Life can surprise you." Ergo, tragedies can happen to you when you least expect them. Therefore Aegon Religare.
 
Yes. Good creatives. A surprising solution for a theme called 'life can surprise you'. The situations depicted are correct, and more importantly, the treatment is just right.

Humour in this category can backfire very easily (we Indians, in general, lack the ability to laugh at ourselves), and the brand runs the risk of the target audience dismissing the communication as being silly and superfluous. But credit must go to the ad agency creative personnel… the line between humour and offence has been walked pretty carefully and successfully. The dark humour used should help Aegon Religare break some insurance ad clutter and get noticed.
 
And of course, the bigger good news is that the ad envelope in this otherwise serious category has been pushed. The goalpost has been shifted. Hopefully in the future, we will get to watch more interesting insurance ads. Yes, it's time to get out of the deathly serious, weepy mode.

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ramchandran

6 years ago

Investors need to be educated as Insurance is the most mis selled product in this country. The psyche of indians too is that they expect a return & they dont want to die!!!. Hence this advertisement subtely tells you that today there are more innovative ways to die!!!. I think the recent ones which score in depicting humour well are DOCOMO ( the fooball one where Life can change in seconds!!) & the Pepsico with Dhoni, Shewag & Ishaan which says " Hum kise ke baap ko nahi jaanthe , jaanthe hain toh sirf apni pyaas ko!!!!, all middle class boys from middle calls backgorunds making it BIG!!!!

anuraag khandelwal

6 years ago

Anuraag, here's the review from Anil Thakraney.

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malQ

6 years ago

Article is funny, thanks - but what's funnier is that when the insured dies, somebody else gets the money!! And in all cases, it does appear as though family life is, kind of, short?

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