|(L to R) Rajesh Kaul, President, Sports & Distribution, Sony Pictures Networks India and Bhaichung Bhutia, with the official match ball replica|
With 30 days to go for the biggest sporting extravaganza, the Sports cluster of Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) has unveiled the ‘Meri Doosri Country’ campaign, as it gets set to enthrall viewers with the live telecast of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. The campaign was launched in the presence of India’s football icon and former National Football team captain, Bhaichung Bhutia.
As seen from FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, football continues to grow by leaps and bounds in India and is the second most viewed sport in the country after cricket. While football viewership is already high in India, FIFA led events tend to enjoy an increased viewership due to their enormous popularity. The FIFA World Cup is one of the few sporting events that draw in both fans and fringe-viewers to root for their favourite countries, which temporarily become their ‘Doosri Country’.
The #MeriDoosriCountry campaign film has been inspired by countless Indian fans who exhibit their undying passion by adopting their favourite football team once every four years during the World Cup. The film showcases snapshots of fans cheering and flaunting their support for their ‘Doosri Country’ by wearing the team jerseys, waving their team flags and even painting their faces with their team colours.
The campaign will entail a 360-degree approach, including Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technologies. It will also be spread across TV, digital, print, and radio and will be telecast in four languages: English, Hindi, Bengali and Malayalam. The world feed in English will be on SONY TEN 2 SD & HD channels, the Hindi feed will be aired on SONY TEN 3 SD & HD channels while Bengali and Malayalam feed will be available on SONY ESPN SD channel. Adding to this, a fantastic line-up of renowned international football panelists will hone in on their knowledge and insights to enhance the viewing experience.
Rajesh Kaul, President, Sports & Distribution, Sony Pictures Networks India
“Sony Pictures Network has been associated with FIFA, one of the most prestigious sporting bodies in the world, since the last world cup in 2014. The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia is definitely one of the biggest and most exciting sporting events this year, and we are extremely proud to bring it to the football fans across the Indian subcontinent. Our campaign #MeriDoosriCountry, captures the ethos of how Indian football fans root for their favourite country as if it’s their own. With multiple languages feeds and unique programming initiatives, we are committed to giving our audience a truly holistic 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia experience.”
Bhaichung Bhutia, Former star striker of the Indian Football team
“The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia is one the most awaited tournaments for all of us and I am excited to show my support for the #MeriDoosriCountry campaign. The film gives Indian audience a sense of belonging to one of the most significant sporting events in the world. While I am confident that we will see our football team in the World Cup one day, Meri Doosri country will be Argentina this year.”
The duration of the master brand campaign is 75 seconds, which highlights the passion and excitement with which Indian fans support their favourite teams at this mega-event. The brand campaign also explains what really happens to the football fans in India when the World Cup kicks in and how we pledge loyalty of another country. The film was shot across the country, especially in football-crazy states like Goa, Kerala and West Bengal.
Film 1 – Paying Guest – 45 seconds
The film explores the story of how a student from another state makes Goa his home for four years and how he becomes a patriot of his second country ‘Portugal’.
Film 2 – Opposites – 45 seconds
The film showcases an endearing couple from Kerala and goes on to tell a story on why the wife chooses to support Brazil as her second country this FIFA World Cup.
Film 3 – Tradition – 45 seconds
The film takes us through a touching journey of a football-loving father and son through the years and how the patriotism for Argentina as the second country became a family tradition.
Link for the campaign: https://youtu.be/OTTnSaixa1Y
Agency - Culture Machine
Creative team - Jigar Fernandes, Rohan DSouza, Srijan Shukla, Sandesh Mangaonkar, Jeremy John
Account management - Sapna Bangera
Production house - Radhika Produces Films
Producer - Radhika Sawhney
Director - Jigar Fernandes
DOP - Satchit Paulose
Music - Karan Kulkarni
Editor - Shahnawaz MosaniAbout Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN)
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