I've told you all about our cable TV programming here. What I haven't shared with you are the commercials. They are strange. In India, companies want only the biggest movie stars doing their commercials. I mean, imagine seeing celebrities like Charlize Theron, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, or Tom Hanks shilling everything from face whitening cream to candy. Now imagine them doing it in the cheesiest way possible. Welcome to Indian TV. Here are a few of my favorite examples:
This commercial starring Priyanka Chopra gets on my nerves and in my head. As near as I can tell, the "chip chip" she hates is shine.
Hands down, the biggest female Bollywood star, Kareena Kapoor, is on every other commercial here. This one is the weirdest. I mean, can you imagine Julia Roberts practically making out with a CGI bear? Check this one out. (You have to scroll down past the first picture to get to the video.)
The number one actor, director, producer, game show host, singer, and dancer, philanthropist, humanitarian, and diplomat in Bollywood is Shahrukh Khan. He's easily the most recognizable person in India, possibly in the world. With an estimated net worth of $600 million (US), the dude is not hurting for cash, but he is the spokesman for at least 25 brands, from paint to Pepsi. Our personal favorite are the Dish TV commercials. Here is the one that we enjoy. It's so catchy that we started calling Arthur Dent "Art Sawaar Hai," which loosely translates to "Arthur is the advantage."
Next time you're bored, just YouTube Indian television commercials. There's something entertaining for everyone.