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BBDO India’s poster for ZeeMelt 2020 pays tribute to India’s memorable TV shows, gives a feeling of nostalgia

The artistic impression was created as part of the launch of the ZeeMelt 2020 event. The poster features 58 memorable characters from TV shows from the last 40 years. BBDO team teamed up with illustrators Deelip Khomane and Sushant Khomane for the same

BBDO India’s new interactive poster, featuring 58 memorable characters from TV shows from the last 40 years, will keep you guessing, even as you begin to feel nostalgic and are taken down memory lane. This vibrant artistic impression that went viral over the weekend was created as part of the launch of the ZeeMelt 2020 event.

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The poster is a gathering of memorable characters from 58 of India’s most iconic TV shows set near the historic Gateway of India promenade in a vibrant illustration style. It brings back memories of TV shows that were broadcast across Doordarshan and Hindi GECs from the unforgettable Bharat Ek Khoj to today’s Big Boss and KBC.

The BBDO India team that created this image studied the history and impact of Indian TV programmes before zeroing in on the final 58 iconic characters. Due to the lockdown, a visit to the Gateway of India location was not possible. So, Google Earth was used to get a 360-degree view and understanding of the real-time location and perspective where the characters and shows are set.

Teaming up with one of India’s most-awarded illustrators, Deelip Khomane and his son, Sushant Khomane along with the BBDO team, including Sandeep Sawant (ECD), Hitesh Shah (Head of Production, Mumbai) and Yash Modi (Creative Director), went through each show to carefully capture the look, behaviour and nuances of every character before finally deciding on the final illustrations. 

Each character was carefully choreographed and intricately and sensitively designed, illustrated, colored and added to the poster. The process took seven weeks from conceptualisation to completion. The illustration alone took a month to wireframe and finish.

The iconic poster was launched on September 3 as a part of ZeeMelt and continues to circulate social media as viewers try and guess all 58 shows in the visual.

“The painting is a wonderful example of communications riding on popular culture. TV is popular culture in India and across the country, much time is spent of discussing TV content and thousands of social media messages discuss the developments on TV shows and the performances of characters," said Rajesh Kejriwal, Founder and CEO of Kyoorius, the people behind the ZeeMelt event.

"We've tried to capture the memories and times of the last 40 years through the characters who gave us our most memorable TV moments, and added life to our living rooms. The result is not just a guessing game, it's an outpouring of nostalgia, an interaction with our own past — a glorious look at where we come from," said Josy Paul, Chairman and CCO, BBDO India.


ECD: Sandeep Sawant,

Artist: Deelip Khomane

Artist: Sushant Khomane

Head of Production: Hitesh Shah

Creative Director: Yash Modi

Editor Melt on Wion News: Anant Rangaswami

Chief Creative Officer, Chairman: Josy Paul


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