Thums Up® celebrates 75 years of India’s independence with its new #HarHaathToofan campaign

The brand’s new campaign highlights stories of inspirational Indians - Sourav Ganguly, Nikhat Zareen, Avani Lekhara

Date Published: 25-07-2022

New Delhi: Thums Up, Coca‑Cola India’s first billion-dollar homegrown brand, has unveiled a new campaign commemorating 75 years of India’s independence. The campaign #HarHaathToofan presents an ode to inspirational people whose hands have built India over the years – who are the true beacons of our nation’s pride. Through this campaign, the brand celebrates their courage, perseverance & enduring strength that made them overcome all odds which came their way. With a compelling message and creative visualisation, Thums Up aims to evoke deep patriotism amongst the audience. The campaign adopts a powerful animated storytelling style, which seeks to inculcate feelings of pride and devotion, in the citizens of the country.  

The #HarHaathToofan campaign features inspirational stories of athletes like Sourav Ganguly, former Indian national cricket team captain and current President – BCCI, who instilled self-belief & fearlessness  in the Indian cricket team taking it to new heights of victory ; Avani Lekhara, first Indian woman to win a gold medal at the Paralympics, firing her way to the top, despite losing her legs in an accident when she was 11 yrs old ; and Nikhat Zareen, Indian Boxer and IBA Women’s World Boxing 2022 gold medalist, who became a world champion by showcasing great endurance and fortitude in a sport, which was traditionally considered masculine. The new campaign by the brand is an extension under its #PalatDe umbrella, which was initially unveiled last year during Thums Up’s worldwide partnership with the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.  

Announcing the new campaign, Tish Condeno, Sr. Director, Sparkling Flavors Category, Coca‑Cola India and Southwest Asia said, “As one of the iconic homegrown brands of India, Thums Up has always stood for values of strength and resilience. Thums Up's 2021 #PalatDe Campaign, in partnership with Olympics & Paralympic Games, gained immense love and appreciation. This year, Thums Up celebrates 75 resilient years of India's Independence, with a special #PalatDe campaign about the many hands that have been building India.

We are proud to partner with multiple inspiring individuals from India who have made the country immensely proud over the years – Sourav Ganguly, Avani Lekhara, and Nikhat Zareen, among many others.”

Speaking about the new campaign, Sourav Ganguly, former Indian national cricket team captain and current President - BCCI, said, “I have been proud to be associated with Coca‑Cola India as the brand’s ambassador since 2017. Today, I am elated to be a part of Thums Up’s new campaign #HarHaathToofan, which beautifully marks the celebration of India’s 75 years of independence.”

The gripping #HarHaathToofan film has been conceptualized by Ogilvy. Commenting on the creative insight behind the campaign, Ritu Sharda, Chief Creative Officer, Ogilvy India- North, adds, “For the last 75 years, whenever the naysayers have doubted India’s potential, the hands of the nation have come forward and done a #PalatDe, turned them upside down. Thums Up is one of the nation’s most iconic brands and has the famous ‘thumbs up’ hand as its symbol. So, on this occasion of 75 yrs of Independence, we’re proud to transform this hand to the many hands that are Toofani. And it comes together beautifully in our campaign #HarHaathToofan.”

The campaign will adopt a 360-degree marketing approach, leveraging multiple touchpoints for optimizing reach and consumer engagement, including television, digital, print and unique OOH, in the run-up to Independence Day. The brand, as part of the campaign, will also unveil six short films promoted on digital media encompassing the iconic journey India has had.

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About Coca‑Cola India

Coca‑Cola in India is one of the country’s leading beverage companies, offering a range of healthy, safe, high-quality, refreshing beverage options to consumers. Since its re-entry in 1993, the company has been refreshing consumers with its beverage products – Coca‑Cola, Coca‑Cola No Sugar, Diet Coke, Thums Up, Thums Up Charged, Thums Up Charged No Sugar, Fanta, Limca, Sprite, Sprite Zero, Maaza, VIO flavoured milk, Minute Maid range of juices, Minute Maid Smoothie and Minute Maid Vitingo, Georgia range of hot and cold tea and coffee options, Aquarius and Aquarius Glucocharge, Schweppes, smartwater, Kinley and Bonaqua packaged drinking water and Kinley Club Soda. The Company along with its owned bottling operation and other bottling partners, through a strong network of over 2.6 million retail outlets, touches the lives of millions of consumers, at a rate of more than 500 servings per second. Its brands are some of the most preferred and most sold beverages in the country, with Thums Up and Sprite being the top two selling sparkling beverages.

The Coca‑Cola India system provides direct employment to 25,000 people and indirect employment to more than 150,000 people. The Coca‑Cola system in India is contributing in its own small way to building sustainable communities through community initiatives under World Without Waste, Fruit Circular Economy, water stewardship, women empowerment, and many others.

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