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Wunderman Thompson’s #MaskIndia national movement for The ToI

MediaInfoline May 4, 2020
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In response to the national toll of Covid – 19 positive cases and resultant deaths, The Times of India raised a country-wide call to all Indians, to make and wear their own masks at home with their #MaskIndia movement. Conceptualized by Wunderman Thompson South Asia, the movement empowered every citizen of the country to take charge of  protecting themselves, their families and communities — encouraging individual action and responsibility among Indians, getting them ready to fight the single largest fight our generation has seen, globally. The campaign also focused on proper sanitation and disposal of the masks.

The ‘Make Your Own Mask’ campaign was launched on the front page of The Times Of India on 6th April involving the power of print, social media and national activation that received a phenomenal response and activated its purpose.

The #MaskIndia movement has been elevated into a national movement with the Prime Minister Shri Narenda Modi supporting it and himself sporting different homemade ghamcha masks on several occasions during the lockdown. Over a hundred thousand Indians have responded already with their own versions of homemade masks and posted their Mask Selfies and DIY How to Make Your Own Mask Videos with the #maskindia hashtag on social media and many unique, original and cool homemade masks have gone viral across Whatsapp Groups. Check out over 100,000 homemade mask and DIY mask posts on www.maskindia.com

Sanjeev Bhargava, President, Marketing, The Times of India, said, “The Times of India has always stood by its motto: “Change Begins Here” and the #maskindia campaign is another link in the long chain of initiatives that we have launched in the recent past. What makes it special is that it has an immediate relevance and benefit to every one in the country. We strongly believe it can play a critical role in our fight against the pandemic. I would like to specially congratulate Wunderman Thompson for not only turning around and developing the campaign from scratch within 2 days but having done so  in the times of a complete lockdown!

Commenting on the campaign, Joy Chauhan, Managing Partner, Wunderman Thompson, Delhi, “The true character of a country is revealed by how its people and organizations behave in times of crises. With this timely and crucial initiative, The Times of India has proven India’s fortitude, agility and ability to go the distance. All of us at Wunderman Thompson are thankful and proud to be partners.”

Sharing details on the film, Senthil Kumar, Chief Creative Officer, Wunderman Thompson, India, said, “The edit has been painstakingly crafted to lock the eyeline in all images so that the transitions from one homemade mask to another are all seamless. The simulation of eye movements are designed to invite a live face off with audiences who are watching the film on their mobile or television screens. Experience the emotion of a thousand eyes talking to you to deliver the powerful narrative through the masks. All the cultural folk masks and ancient mythological masks have been carefully chosen to share only wearable masks made from jute, coconut husk, bamboo, wood, leaves, paper mache and natural fibre. It’s time to revive our cultural habit of wearing a mask to fight the evil virus, whenever we leave our homes for work and play, for life and family, for our country and for the future of human kind. It’s time to turn the humble ghamcha, dupatta, pallu, turbans, urma, lungi, dhoti, angavastram or any clean cloth into a mask and wear it for India. It’s time to dig deep into our cultural roots and create popular culture, inspiring every Indian to wear a mask like a warrior.”

www.maskindia.com  features  a unique interactive innovation where every Indian can upload their homemade mask selfie and their image will feature in a custom version of the #MaskIndia video.

The idea is to inspire every Indian to Make their Own Mask and share their mask selfie to inspire every other Indian. With over a hundred thousand unique homemade masks already uploaded, the MAKE YOUR OWN #MASKINDIA movement will be amplified further with this interactive innovation”, added Kumar.

View the #MaskIndia film here.

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