The advertisement industry in India has been here for long enough.
Advertisements sort of worked in the background. Yet, they played an inseparable role in our lives.
It evolved then
About forty years ago, advertisements were still budding, whereas the latter decades marked the transition phase in India.
Throughout the journey from old black and white CRTs of 90s, to the present era of 4K televisions and Chromecast, some of us just grew up.
Still, here are some Indian ads which will remind of the good ‘ol days.
Something significant details about these ads
Remember – these ads are from the era when the idiot box was almost the only source of entertainment, since Indian people were yet to get their hands on phones and the internet.
Also, these ads were quite closely connected to the lives of middle class Indians, as they were focused on their common lives.
So you’re not to be blamed if these ads remind you of your childhood, or turn your eyes watery.
You’re growing old.
And appreciate the ad industry, if you can
Some of the actors featured in these ads have died.
It hurts to know that how the effort of a bunch of creatives and hard-working professionals is packed into a film of a about 30 seconds, which soon fades away as time passes.
Yet, something sticks.
Ads become memories.
Appreciate the ad industry. It’s filled with some beautiful people who deserve respect and attention for their creativity and hard work.
Not all ads are lies.
Not all people in the ad industry are liars.
Here’s a list of the best old Indian ads which will make you nostalgic
Ready for a quick time travel? Here you go.
Hum the jingles of old ads or recall the life you lived then. To me, it felt beautiful to collect and see all these again.
This list isn’t arranged in chronological order. In some cases, I couldn’t find videos. But well, here’s everything that the internet had to offer.
Thanks to each one of you who contributed to this list. I cried while making this one, which doesn’t happen usually. Also, I’d be grateful if you share this list with your friends and network.
1. Dhara Cooking Oil Ad
2. Sundrop Oil Ad
3. Fevi Kwik – Chutki Mein Chipkaye Ad
4. Luna – Chal Meri Luna Ad
5. Hamara Bajaj Ad
6. Vicco Vajradanti Ad
7. Lijjat Papad Ad
8. Kayam Churna Ad
9. Action – School Time Shoes Ad
10. Nerolac Paints – Deewaro Ko Jab Sajaana Ho Ad
11. Onida TV – 25 NV Ad
12. Fevicol Ad – Moochwali Ad
13. Fevicol – Bus Ad
14. Fevicol Ad – Aliens
15. Raymond Ad
16. Amul Manthan – Doodh Ka Sagar Ad
17. Amul Ice Cream Ad
18. Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan – School Chale Hum Ad
19. Cycle Agarbatti – Bhagwan Hai Ad
20. Cadbury Perk Ad
21. Maggi Ad
22. Amul Butter – Utterly Butterly Delicious Ad
23. Nestle Milkybar – Give Me the Power Ad
24. Taj Mahal Tea – Zakir Hussain Ad
25. Ambuja Cement – Deewar Tootati Kyun Nahi Ad
26. Cherry Blossom – Charlie Chaplin Ad
27. Pepsi Ad – Oye Bubbly Ad
28. Maruti – Pertrol Khatam Hi Ni Hunda
29. Hero Honda – Desh Ki Dhadkan Ad
30. Bajaj Caliber – Hoodibaba Ad
31. Nestle Cerelac Ad
32. Sona Chandi Chyawanprash Ad
33. Tata Salt – Chutki Bhar Vishwas – Pizza Ad
34. Cadbury Dairy Milk – Kuchh Khaas Hai Ad
35. Dairy Milk – Kitna Maza Aaye Re Ad
36. Cadbury Dairy Milk – Khaane Waalo Ko Khaane Ka Bahaana Chahiye Ad
37. Big Babol Chewing Gum Ad
38. Boomber Bubble Gum Ad
39. Happydent White Chewing Gum Ad
40. Center Shock Chewing Gum Ad
41. Ravalgaon Mango Mood Ad
42. Cadbury Chocki Ad
43. Mentos Ad
44. DS Pass Pass Ad
45. Pan Parag Ad
46. Parle Poppins – Doon Kya Ad
47. Apsara Extra Dark Pencils
48. Reynolds 045 Ad
49. Nokia – Dakiya Daak Laaya Ad
50. Eveready – Give Me Read Ad
51. Pepsi – Dil Maange More – Sachin Tendulkar Ad
52. Airtel – A.R. Rahman Ad
53. Idea Cellular Ad
54. Vodafone Zoozoo Ads
55. Ujala Supreme – Chaar Boondo Wala Ad
56. Pillsburry – Chakki Fresh Atta Ad
57. Domino’s – Pizza Aaye Free Ad
58. Nirma Shudh Namak Ad
59. Washing Powder Nirma Ad
60. Nima Rose Soap Ad
61. Nirma Beauty Soap Ad
62. Nirma Sandal Soap Ad
63. Super Vasmol 33 Ad
64. Ring Guard – Daad Ko Bye Bye Ad
65. Closeup – Kya Aap Closeup Karte Hai Ad
66. Ponds Cold Cream – Googly Woogly Woosh Ad
67. Lead India – Tum Chalo Toh Hindustan Chale Ad
68. Platinum Love Bands – Day of Love Ad
69. Coca Cola – Aamir Khan Ad
70. Sunfeast Shahrukh Khan Ad
71. Mortein Louie Ad
72. All Out Ad
73. Limca Ad
74. Mountain Dew Ad
75. 7up Ad
76. Fanta – Mann Uchhal Uchhal Jaaye Ad
77. Hutch – You and I Ad
78. Vodafone Zoozoo Ads
79. IDBI Bank Ad
80. Naukri.com – Hari Sadu Ad
81. LIC – Heere Ko Kya Pata Ad
82. LIC Jeevan Anand Ad
83. Tata Docomo Ad
84. Bajaj Bulb – Roshni Deta Bajaj
85. Lifebuoy – Lifebuoy Hai Jahaan Ad
Did I miss something?
Recommend any old ads I might have missed – we’ll update this list further. Or share what you liked about all these in the comments.
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