Old Indian Ads… Revisited

Ads are great stress busters. They come in between soaps, movies, reality shows & news headlines to break the monotony of the program. Ads provide us breaks that we can utilize to stretch our bones or go to relieve ourselves or fetch a glass of water or check quickly what’s going on other channels. Some ads are really entertaining, some are educating, some are in public interest, or some might be plain boring. Whatever might be but we can’t escape ads. They are the bread & butter of any channel to survive. My little daughter refuses to eat until we entertain her with some ads especially featuring kids & babies (Evian, Pampers, Johnson & Johnson’s, Huggies, KitKat, Pears etc.). I have a whole lots of ads packed in my pen drive just for her.

While browsing YouTube to download ads, I came across the very old ads I have grown with. These are the ads with very melodious jingles. They were everlasting and touched heart of the audience of that era. Doordarshan was part of our lives and so were these ads. Filmy celebrity endorsements were very few. These ads have made some characters household names and established the actors as mini celebrities. Who can forget Lalitaji (of Surf fame), although the real Lalitaji (Kavita Choudhury) acted in a TV serial, Udaan, but she will be always remembered for the ad than the serial. Here I have reproduced some ad jingles and links to watch them. Please add if I have missed anything in the comments.

Also some memorable opening songs of popular TV programs and National Integration songs are added at the end.

1: ECE Bulb

Jingle: Bhool Na Jana ECE Bulb Hi Lana. It is delight to watch the jingle in various dialects. Everybody is reminding our hero Paintal not to forget & bring only ECE bulb.

2: Kayam Churna

Starring: Rakesh Bedi in his most memorable ad ever.

3: Bajaj Bulbs

Note: Check Malavika Tiwari at the end of this ad as the wife of the old man. She was one of the most successful model at that time. She had acted in tele serial Kashish with Sudesh Berry, also seen in the SRK starer film Chamatkar.

4: Bajaj Sevashram Bramhi Amla Hair Oil

Staring: Poonam Dhilon

5: Old Hamara Bajaj Ad

Note: Featuring only Bajaj scooter range i.e. Chetak & Super.

6: New Hamara Bajaj Ad

Note: Featuring entire Bajaj two-wheeler range i.e. Chetak, Super, 4S, Sunny, M-80 etc.

7: Bajaj Chetak Scooter

Jingle: Gaadi Bula Rahi Hai… Siti Baja Rahi Hai… Chalna Hi Zindagi Hai… Chalte Hi Jaa Rahen Hai

8: Surf Ultra

Note: Ad guys discovered a brilliant talent Asawari Joshi with this ad who made a remarkable debut with the punchline ‘Dhoondte Reh Jaoge’. Also can be seen Kunal Khemu in his child avatar.

9: Amul – the Taste of India (old)


10: Doodh Doodh Doodh

Note: Many well known model/actors can been seen in this ensemble caste i.e. Malavika Tiwari, Yatin Karyekar, Samir Soni etc.

11: Cadbury’s Dairy Milk Ad 01



12: Cadbury’s Dairy Milk Ad 02

Note: The beautiful girl in the ad is late Sophiya Haque who succumbed to cancer in 2012.

13: Dabur Lal Dant Manjan



14: Dabur Amla Hair Oil (Jaya Prada & Deepika Chikhalia)



15: Dabur Amla Hair Oil (Sridevi)



16: Dabur Sharbat-E-Azam

Starring: Meenakshi Sheshadri & Arjun (of Mahabharat fame)

17: Vicco Vajradanti Powder Ad 01



18: Vicco Vajradanti Powder Ad 02



19: Vicco Turmeric Cream



20: Vicks Action 500



21: Vicks Caugh Drops

Starring: Jayant Kripalani who appeared in TV serials Ji Mantriji & Khandaan.

22: Tata Tea

Starring: Anu Agarwal & Javed Jaafri performing a Jumma Chumma act.

23. Lehar Pepsi

Note: This is the first Pepsi ad when it entered in India in early nineties. Starring Juhi Chawla & Remo Fernandez.

24: Dhara Cooking Oil

Starring: Perzaan Dastur

25: Nataraj Pencil



26: Lijjat Papad



27: Complan

Starring: Shahid Kapoor, Ayesha Takia & Smita Jayakar

28: Luna



29: Rasna

Starring: Ankita Jhaveri

30: Fevicol Ad

Starring: Rajkumar Hirani

31: Sundrop Refined Sunflower Oil



32: Nirma Washing Powder

Starring: Sangeeta Bijlani, Atul Agnihotri & host of other actors.

33: Fevi Kwik



34: Lipton Tiger Tea



35: Surf Washing Powder

Starring: Kavita Choudhary

36: Pepsi Ad

Starring: Aamir Khan, Aishwarya Rai (before Miss World) & Ritu Choudhury (before Pardes). Aamir & Aish can been seen together in this Pepsi ad, long before they switched to Coke.

37: Boost Ad 01

Starring: Kapil Dev

38: Boost Ad 02

Starring: Kapil Dev

39: Boost Ad 03

Starring: Kapil Dev & Sachin Tendulkar

40: Maggie



41: Ajanta Clocks



42: Titan Ad 01



43: Titan Ad 02



44: Digjam Suitings

Starring: Shekhar Kapur

45: Garden Saree Ad 01

Starring: Lisa Ray

46: Garden Saree Ad 02

Starring: Madhu Sapre

47: Prestige Pressure Cooker

Starring: Raja Bundela

48: Gold Spot

Starring: Javed Jaffery

49: Limca

Starring: Salman Khan

50: Liril Ad

Note: This is the first ad in the water fall theme starring Karen Lunel.

51: Liril Ad Compilation

Starring: Karen Lunel, Anjali Jathar, Pooja Batra, Ruchi Malhotra, Anisha Dalal & others.

52: Pan Parag Pan Masla

Starring: Ashok Kumar & Shammi Kapoor

53: Ravalgaon Mango Mood Ad 01



54: Ravalgaon Mango Mood Ad 02



55: Ravalgaon Pan Pasand Set 01

Starring: Archana Joglekar, Rhea Pillai & others

56: Ravalgaon Pan Pasand Set 02

Starring: Javed Jaffery & others

57: Ravalgaon Pan Pasand Set 03



58: Onida 21 TV



59: Onida 14 TV


Theme Songs

01: Mile Sur Mera Tumhara



02: Pyar Ki Ganga Bahe

Starring: Jackie Shroff (with kid Tiger Shroff), Govinda, Anil Kapoor (with kid Sonam Kapoor), Rishi Kapoor (with kid Ranbir Kapoor), Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Prosenjeet, Chiranjeevi, Rajanikanth, Mamooty, Naseeruddin Shah, Rupa Ganguly, Dimple Kapadia and host of other actors in this melodious song.

03: National Integration Theme

Starring: Sunil Gavaskar, PT Usha, Prakash Padukone, Dilip Vengsarkar, Maninder Singh & host of other sports persons carrying torch.

04: Rashtriya Saksharta Mission



05: Ek Chidiya… Anek Chidiyan (Films Division)



06: Doordarshan Montage



07: Junoon Montage



08: Surabhi Intro



09: Jungle Book Title Song



10: Ye Jo Hai Zindagi Title Song



11: Flop Show Title Song



12: He-Man Intro



Disclaimer: This post is a compilation of videos from YouTUBE. I am thankful to those people who have taken pain and uploaded such wonderful videos over internet. The present and coming generations will always remain grateful to them.

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