Deepavali is a festival that represents the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness. In fact, Deepavali actually translates into “row of lamps”, as Indians light oil lamps during this time to rid themselves of spiritual darkness. Deepavali usually takes place at some point in October or November each year (the date is determined by the Hindu lunar calendar), and marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year.
In the spirit of the festival of lights, we have gathered some really cool and inspiring ads (in random order) for you to watch with your loved ones while feasting on delicious Indian food and sweets!
Arvin’s ReDeepavali | CIMB Deepavali 2019
This year, CIMB showcases the contrast between tradition and modern-day celebrations and how Deepavali brings people closer together with family and friends. Look out for Nandini Balakrishnan of Nandini Says who invites viewers to ask her questions related to the history, culture and traditions of Deepavali, which she attempts to answer in her show.
Enrico’s Deepavali 2019 – Soya Cincau
Get ready to laugh out loud! This creative ad tells the tale of a short Chinese guy who falls for a very tall Indian girl and goes the extra mile just to win her over! Set in the 50s’ this charming video highlights our Malaysian identity of unity in diversity that will leave you with a huge grin.
RHB Group Deepavali 2019: Strength to Rise
Deepavali is all about new beginnings and this inspiring commercial on second chances and redemption, features the true story of Dr Muraly Arumugam, founder of Tamilan Uthavum Karangal (Malaysia Tamilian Helping Hands) and his calling of helping physically disabled worshipers up the 272 steps of the iconic Batu Caves to reach the temple summit. We applaud your efforts Dr Muraly. You are definitely one of a kind!
KPJ Damansara Specialist Hospital: Komala is Cursed
A tongue in cheek Deepavali commercial led by Komala, a nosy parker and intrusive character prevalent in many cultures and communities. Komala swallows a bitter pill when she has to be hospitalised for being the nasty, insensitive person she is as she loses her ‘colour’ and becomes black and white. The ad resonates not only with the festive theme but more importantly, just about anyone in the receiving end of hurtful words by another. The commercial ends with a profound message, too – “Let Badness Dim. Let Goodness Shine”.
The commercial was launched via KPJ Damansara’s official facebook page but we managed to get this copy via youtube account holder @michealpo. Enjoy!
RTM Minnal FM goes green this Deepavali
This year, Tamil radio station Minnal FM encourages Malaysians to care for the environment. The commercial offers viewers simple tips and tricks to go green this Deepavali such as using less plastic bags and recycling. Although the commercial may not be as upbeat as other commercial, it definitely gets our vote for its imperative message #celebrategoodness #celebrategoodnews. Good job, RTM Minnal FM!
PETRONAS presents Thanggam2019
Petronas manages to impress viewers yet again! This heartwarming commercial tells the story of a young boy from the city who is forced by his widowed mother to spend time with his strict and old fashioned, lady boss of a Patti (grandmother).
One things for sure, Thanggam is one paati all of us would love to have!
Finally, here are some of the best Deepavali Petronas TV Commercials between 2003 – 2008 #gottaloveit
From all of us at Goodnews, Happy Deepavali!
*Featured image sourced from YouTube