For India’s biggest, most iconic sports property of the year, Star Sports and BCCI have launched an interesting campaign that pits raw feisty youth against solid experience, and sweetly delivers the promise of the VIVO IPL 2019 — it will be yet another cricket contest between young, rough-around-the-edges players and the experienced stalwarts, with no quarters given. After all, game banayega name – no posturing or preening, it will only be the quality of the cricket, the ‘game’ and talent of the player, that will make all the difference.
The #GameBanayegaName film is conceptualized by Taproot Dentsu, and has been released simultaneously in 7 languages – Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Telugu, Bengali and Marathi across all platforms, TV, Radio, and Digital.
This is a film we’ve already watched several times, and each time, it leaves behind a smile and anticipation. For an ad film, that’s a job well done and dusted
The film opens with a split-screen battle between young players in a maidan on one side and established VIVO IPL stars on the other, vying to grab screen space.
In a historic first, IPL players from across all eight franchises have come together in one frame to showcase the spirit of the upcoming league. The TVC has cricket scene stoppers like MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik, R Ashwin, Jaydev Unadkat, Rishabh Pant and Rashid Khan — each in his team jersey. Even so, equally captivating are the spirited, feisty young unknown scene-stealer lads who, in the film, bend their backs to a contest with the stars, and represent the new or unknown players this VIVO IPL.
The cricket stars are their natural, smiling, eminently likeable selves, and bring an endearing quality and emotion to the film. Dhoni’s initially menacing swagger morphing into a good natured smile… for instance, is one such moment. Ultimately, the manner in which the stars smilingly reach out to the eager unknown youngsters, is an especially heartwarming takeaway, and then, the final ‘gauntlet’ that Virat smilingly hurls at them, saying, to the effect, ‘don’t tell me your name, show me your game’, signals that both, the unknowns and the superstars, are ready for the VIVO IPL 2019 with a total ‘Bring it on!’ attitude.
The lyrics and the music complement the narrative – in fact, the film achieves a rare combination where every important element — the storyboard, stars, actors, edit, lyrics and the song – in equal measure take the narrative forward. The catchy song is written by Puneet Sharma and Pallavi Chakravarti, and composed by Sameer Uddin.
This is a film we’ve already watched several times, and each time, it leaves behind a smile and anticipation.
For an ad film, that’s a job well done and dusted.
Watch the film here:
BCCI’s primary objective while launching the IPL in 2008 was to promote domestic talent. In the last 11 years, it has unearthed some extraordinary players who have been serving Indian cricket with distinction. Star Sports’ new campaign for IPL-12—#GameBanayegaName resonates with that spirit and vision of IPLand we are looking forward to a great season: Rahul Johri, CEO, BCCI
Through this campaign we wanted to truly reflect this thought that, given the right opportunity, anyone with skills and talent can make their mark in the world. The VIVO IPL has already shown in the past that it is an ideal platform for aspiring cricketers to showcase their talent. Names such as, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bhumrah, Rishabh Pant among many others are all testament to this. This campaign reflects the spirit of young India and we are excited to bring the biggest ever IPL on our network.: Gautam Thakar, CEO Star Sports
This campaign is special because it showcases not only the biggest sporting platform this country has ever seen but also the new generation of talent coming through at Taproot Dentsu and in the advertising industry. The IPL has been the single propellant of new talent in the history of world cricket and our ECD, Pallavi Chakravarti, nailed (it) with an idea so vivid and engaging, it simply had to be done: Agnello Dias, CCO, Taproot Dentsu
Agency Credit List: Taproot Dentsu, Mumbai
- Co-Founder and CCO: Agnello Dias
- Co-Founder and CCO: Santosh Padhi
- Executive Creative Director: Pallavi Chakravarti
- Creative Director: Neeraj Kanitkar
- CEO: Umesh Shrikhande
- Head of Planning: Shashank Lanjekar
- Associate Account Director: Gargi Raju
- Group Account Manager: Abhishek Kalzunkar
Production House Credit List: Equinox Films
- Director- Ram Madhvani
- Executive Producer- Manoj Shroff
- Producers: Shonali Sarda and Rhea Prabhu
Song & Lyrics
- Lyrics: Puneet Sharma and Pallavi Chakravarti
- Music: Sameer Uddin