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Product / ServiceTHAPPAD
CategoryB09. Use of Social Platforms


Name Company Position
Gautam Reghunath Dentsu Webchutney Pvt. Ltd. Chief Executive Officer
P.G Aditya Dentsu Webchutney Pvt. Ltd. National Creative Director
Aalap Desai Dentsu Webchutney Pvt. Ltd. Executive Creative Director
Pravin Sutar Dentsu Webchutney Pvt. Ltd. Executive Creative Director
Nishi Kant Dentsu Webchutney Pvt. Ltd. EVP & Branch Head
Harsh Shah Dentsu Webchutney Pvt. Ltd. SVP & Business Head - West
Pragati Rana Dentsu Webchutney Pvt. Ltd. AVP Strategy
Yash Kulshreshtha Dentsu Webchutney Pvt. Ltd. Creative Director (Copy)
Ananda Sen Dentsu Webchutney Pvt. Ltd. Creative Director (Art)
Rumi Behramkamdin Dentsu Webchutney Pvt. Ltd. Account Director
Rohan Percy Naterwalla Dentsu Webchutney Pvt. Ltd. Sr. Group Head - Copy
Sonia Kumar Dentsu Webchutney Pvt. Ltd. Group Account Manager
Dhaheem Habeeb Rawuther Dentsu Webchutney Pvt. Ltd. Group Head - Copy
Sandipan Deb Dentsu Webchutney Pvt. Ltd. Copy Supervisor
Zeeshan Shaikh Dentsu Webchutney Pvt. Ltd. Group Head - Art
Aishwarya Yadav Dentsu Webchutney Pvt. Ltd. Group Head - Art
Arushi Bajaria Dentsu Webchutney Pvt. Ltd. Art Director
Nitish Sarkar Dentsu Webchutney Pvt. Ltd. Head - Video Production
Sahil Chauhan Dentsu Webchutney Pvt. Ltd. Group Head - Digital Production
Sachin Poojary Dentsu Webchutney Pvt. Ltd. Supervisor Motion Graphics
Vishal Racharla Dentsu Webchutney Pvt. Ltd. Video Editor
Dhiraj Kapur Trigger Happy Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. Lead - Digital Solutions

Why is this work relevant for Media?

Engaging people in small actions can collectively have enormous impact. Which is why, when an innovative film trailer sends shockwaves across the Indian landscape – helping break a generations old habit of not reporting domestic violence related incidents in a country where half of the married women are victims, and 86% cases go unreported; it created a massive movement across the country. And after our innovative hack of the media helped us get organically picked-up by almost every major news publication in the country – India recorded a 100% rise in case reported just 2 months after our idea


Domestic abuse is a problem that’s so rampant that it permeates every aspect of Indian society. 1 in 2 married women are victims of domestic abuse, and yet, 86% of cases go unreported – owing to factors like victim blaming, large-scale insensitivity and a general attitude of trivialising incidents of domestic violence as mere family ‘squabbles’. The film Thappad – being about domestic violence – was uniquely positioned to generate conversation about and tackle this issue. But we wanted to go beyond that. We didn’t just want to generate conversation about the issue, but also to inculcate a habit of standing up to and reporting domestic abuse – wherever it may be witnessed.

Describe the creative idea / insights (30% of vote)

We wanted women across the nation to know that ACTION WILL BE TAKEN if they took the step of reporting abuse. To do this – we shot a 4th wall breaking trailer where the film’s lead actress Taapsee Pannu suddenly starts speaking to the audience right after she’s been slapped. She demands all viewers to use the ‘report’ feature which is so easily accessible on YouTube. Thus, unlike every other trailer – we didn’t want people to just like our trailer, we actively encouraged people to take it down; making it the world’s first movie trailer to be taken down by YouTube.

Describe the strategy (20% of vote)

While the message of stopping domestic violence is a universal one meant to cut through class, age, sex, gender and other divides, we chose YouTube as our primary medium for a couple of different reasons. Apart from being accessible to everyone, it allowed us to specifically target our message to Bollywood fans, film lovers and social commentators. We cleverly utilised the anticipation that surrounds every Bollywood movie trailer on YouTube to drive home the message that no matter who you are or what you do – domestic abuse is an evil that’s to be reported immediately, wherever it’s witnessed.

Describe the execution (20% of vote)

Since every modern revolution has begun as a small spark on social media, it was only fair that we chose that as our medium too. We deceived our viewers by releasing what looked like a regular trailer for a film on YouTube, but was actually much more. The trailer was designed with the specific intention for it to be reported and taken down. When Taapsee Pannu’s (one of India’s most popular leading ladies) character is slapped in this trailer, she breaks the fourth wall and asks viewers to report it using YouTube’s built-in report feature – because domestic abuse should never go unreported.

List the results (30% of vote)

BUSINESS RESULTS - Our trailer was reported over 400,000 times and got taken down by YouTube as a result - Covered by over 20 of the most prominent publications like Times of India, Hindustan Times and India TV. - Reached over 15 million people organically - Our trailer received 1.2 million views in just 26 hours - Thappad, our low budget film ended up in the top 10 highest grossing Bollywood films of 2020 OUTCOMES / AWARENESS - Two months after the launch of our habit changing trailer – India recorded a 100% increase in domestic violence cases reported; proving that Indian women are finally ready to speak up against these grave injustices - Local authorities saw our idea and urged women to come out and report domestic violence


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