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HDFC Life highlights fighting cancer with dignity

Conceptualised by Leo Burnett, the ad for HDFC Life Cancer Care gives out the message that to win the cancer battle, it takes more than just emotional strength. It needs financial preparedness too

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Mumbai | August 11, 2015

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HDFC Life has rolled out a new brand campaign on their latest product offering, HDFC Life Cancer Care, which touches upon the importance of being financially prepared and continue to live and fight with pride should cancer ever strike. The ad gives out the message that to win the cancer battle, it takes more than just emotional strength. It needs financial preparedness too. Celebrity and cancer survivor Lisa Ray endorses the cause by telling her story of how she survived cancer and the lessons she learnt along the way.

Sanjay Tripathy Sanjay Tripathy

Sanjay Tripathy, Senior EVP, Marketing, Products, Digital and E-commerce, HDFC Life, commented, “Much is said about cancer these days, but the conversations are mostly around physical and mental strength to fight against the disease. We believe that a person should be mentally strong without doubt, but he or she needs to be financially prepared as well. Cancer treatment can cost anything between Rs 3 lakh and Rs 25 lakh and we need to realise that the financial aspect of the fight is the only thing one can have control on. Our new campaign emphasises on the fact that being financially prepared is now easy with HDFC Life Cancer Care and if the need does arise, it will allow you to fight with dignity.”

Adding further, he said, “For the very first time we have used a celebrity to communicate our message as she personifies the journey of a cancer survivor and offers real life testimonial. With her positive attitude and self-belief, Lisa Ray embodies the brand philosophy of ‘Sar Utha ke Jiyo’. She takes us through her journey and experience in getting over cancer, and her understanding of the importance of financial preparation in this situation. In this ad, we have thrown light on the utmost important factor of the cancer struggle – the financial one.”

RajDeepak Das RajDeepak Das

Rajdeepak Das, Chief Creative Officer, Leo Burnett, added here, “When one talks about fighting cancer, one hears about the emotional and physical struggle and how being mentally strong helps. But, one rarely talks about the financial struggle. In a situation where there is lack of money to undergo cancer treatment, the pain and the emotional trauma is much bigger. The idea was to reflect this thought by engaging with consumers on an emotional platform. Real life stories inspire us. We, therefore, decided to feature Lisa Ray and underline the importance of money in fighting the life threatening disease. She is a perfect fit as her positive attitude resonates well with the brand philosophy of ‘Sar Utha Ke Jiyo’.”

Apart from television, this film will be supported by other media such as print, OOH, radio, and digital, which will have significant focus. #RayOfHope will be used to run a social media engagement campaign.

The TVC:



Client: HDFC Life

Brand: HDFC Life Cancer Care

Creative agency: Leo Burnett, Mumbai

CCO: Rajdeepak Das

Group ECD: Aman Mannan

Creative Director: Neeraj Singh

Associate Creative Director: Srijan Shukla

Art Director: Nidhi Handa

Planning Team: Ajeeta Bharadwaj, Niharika Talwar

Account Management: Oindrila Roy, Priyanshi Saksena, Sharon Thambi

Production House: Red Ice

Films Director: Robby Grewal

Executive Producer: Gary Grewal

Producer: Richa Lal


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