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HDFC Life’s campaign showcases an inspiring #Bounceback story

Conceptualised by Leo Burnett, the ad highlights how one can overcome adversities by showing the real-life story of Darpan Inani, who is the first visually impaired Indian (in his category) to win the Creon Open Chess tournament in France in August 2018

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HDFC Life Insurance Company Limited, the long-term life insurance solutions provider, has launched a brand campaign that focuses on the real-life story of Darpan Inani, who lost his eyesight to an illness at a very young age, and yet bounced back to become the highest rated visually impaired chess player in the country.

As a brand, HDFC Life has always highlighted the hard-to-replace-individual who not only provides for his/her family, but also enables his/her loved ones to #BounceBack from any challenges they face.

The film showcases the inspiring story of Darpan, whose eyes were affected by the Steven Johnson Syndrome at the age of 3 years, causing him to lose his eyesight. But this did not stop him from pursuing his dreams. According to Darpan, chess is a game of vision and not visibility thus allowing him the opportunity to compete in the game as any other competitor would. He not only excelled at the game, but also went on to become the first visually impaired Indian (in his category) to win the Creon Open Chess tournament in France in August 2018.

Playing a pivotal role in his success, Darpan's family encouraged self-reliance and pushed him to #BounceBack from the situation and to live a life of pride.

Pankaj Gupta, Chief Marketing Officer, HDFC Life, said, "This story of self-reliance strongly resonates with HDFC Life's proposition of 'Sar Utha ke Jiyo'. Through this ad, we want to leave our viewers with the message that anyone can #BounceBack, despite challenges and limitations. All they need is the right kind of support, encouragement and financial preparedness. Darpan's parents imparted a valuable life lesson on self-reliance, serving as a backbone to his success and empowering him to conquer all odds and achieve his dreams.”

Rajdeepak Das

Rajdeepak Das, MD, India and Chief Creative Officer, South Asia, Leo Burnett, said, “Darpan Inani’s story is about human resilience. His spirit of never giving up embodies HDFC Life’s ‘Sar Utha Ke Jiyo’ ethos. This campaign touches upon the very human behaviour of bouncing back, and it is people like Darpan Inani who inspire us to do our best in any situation. This work is purely humankind and we hope it will move our consumers into the importance of having life insurance.”

Apart from television, this film will be supported by other media such as print, radio, OOH, DTH, cinema, live-media with significant focus on the digital and social media.

The Campaign:


Client: HDFC Life Insurance Company Limited

Creative Agency: Leo Burnett

Writer, Executive Creative Director: Pranav Harihar Sharma

Creative team: Virendra Tivrekar, Ajit Rakhade, Sourya Bhattacharjee

CEO, Publicis Communications and Leo Burnett, South Asia: Saurabh Varma

MD, India and CCO, South Asia, Leo Burnett: Rajdeepak Das

MD, India and CSO, South Asia, Leo Burnett: Dheeraj Sinha

Chief Operating Officer, West: Rakesh Hinduja

Executive Vice-President and Head of Planning,Mumbai: Ajeeta Bharadwaj

Business Head: Divya Bhatia

Account Management: Rohini Radhakrishnan, Dhwani Nagda

Planning: K Shyam Kumar

Production House: Elements

Director: Vivek DasChaudhury

Lyrics: Pranav Harihar Sharma, Hanif Shaikh

Music: Hanif

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