The YouTube generation will never know the value of the “Skip Ad” button. Growing up in the 90s, you were forced to watch ads between your favourite tv shows or movies. Back then, you wanted these ad breaks to end and for the show to resume. But some of them have aged really well and hit you with so much nostalgia that I bet they’ll take you back to your childhood right-away.
And the first one is…
Popy kuda ads remind me of monsoons and school. Every year Popy and John’s came out with new versions of umbrellas and released their ads close to the end of summer vacations.
My friends who grew up in Mumbai find is very strange that we have umbrella brands like they have Puma and Nike. Well, we did show off our branded umbrellas as much as we showed off our new shoes.
Ah, the TVs from our childhood! 1080p HD and flat screens seemed aged away, but we celebrated what we had. And BPL had some good appliances.
Did you know that BPL was founded in Kerala? It was founded in 1963 by T. P. G. Nambiar in Palakkad as a company for manufacturing hermetically sealed precision panel meters for the defence forces. It all but faded away after our childhood but it still has a few products in the market and is quite well known in the health care equipment world.
I know you heard Thilakan saying, “Calendar, Manorama thanne!” when you read the heading. When Apple combined the phone, the mp3 player, and the camera into one device, Manorama combined everything under the Sun (and charted the stars). Don’t believe us? Hear it from the Malayali Nick Fury himself.
This ad is so popular that we have memes of it to this day. Here’s one that cracked me up.
This one was a national trend. The catchy tune and memorable lyrics made Nirma a household name.
I would rank this ad as one of the most memorable ads ever on Indian television and I’m sure it would’ve gone viral if it had been released in the Internet age.
When the King of Comedy stars in an ad, it’s bound to be memorable. Jagathy convinces us that Lunar chappals don’t slip, though I don’t remember if that was really the case.
The iconic white and blue Lunar chappals were almost like a new Converse – the white looked great for a few days but once it turned brown, it lost its shine forever.
Tide, move aside! We’ve got the OG washing soap here.
This ad was so popular that I still know the theme song and “vannallo vanamala!” has become a part of our everyday conversations. Now that’s brand recognition!
Our love for gold is legendary. So much so that it is said that the Romans complained about us turning coins into jewellery, and thereby causing shortages in coin supply! So I thought it was fitting to end this post with this ad.
One thing that I love about this ad is how it subtly shows two collections of jewellery by playing the religious harmony card. Combine the harmony of religions theme with the soothing song and you’ve got one memorable ad.
That was our list. Do you have any favourites from the past? Let us know in the comments section below.