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Some Memorable PTV Commercials: What Were Your Favorite Ads?

Posted on May 10, 2008
Filed Under >Adil Najam, Society, TV, Movies & Theatre
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The Ads (commercials) we watch while growing up can sometimes have an amazingly profound an impact on us. When I look back at all my years of growing up with PTV (Pakistan Television) I remember as many ads as I do any other form of programming. The memories of some still bring back a smile on my face. This blog post shares a few of those ads which I was able to find on YouTube.

This first one (above) is the famous Binaca Ad with the, then, child singer Afshaan who used to appear in the Sohail Rana children music programs and later, when all grown up, also appeared often on PTV.

This famous Naurus Ad (Naurus, by the way, is the other Red Bull of Pakistan) was equally popular and the cute little girl featured here was a national sensation of her time. I wonder where she is now.


We have written aboutsome very striking old PIA Ads, print Ads from the 1950s, and also about credit card and bank advertising and telecom company advertising. But old PTV ads have a quality and power all their own (see some new TV ads here).

I am not sure if these ads are necessarily better than the ones we have now. Indeed, some of the new ads are truly amazing – programming quality or better. For example, the Tapal Tea Ads/songs that Shoaib Mansoor produced. And also many more. Mayb, I was younger then and the memories of those days seem more glorious in retrospect. Or, maybe, we only had one channel and much fewer ads and, therefore, whatever was on TV seemed more memorable.

But whatever the reason, for me at least, these ads and the memories of some others from the same era have a particular and special quality to them. I have enjoyed seeing them again, and I hope you will too.

I should confess that I always found this next Ad – of State Life Insurance – rather funny. I still do. The very cute child is praying for her father’s long life and celebrating the fact that he has bought a Life Insurance policy. I wonder why buying – or cashing – a Life Insurance Policy bring such happiness to any child? Anyhow, the ad was catchy and very very popular. In fact, I think it was remade twice or thrice.

By the way, in the realm of the funny were the old Metromillan Billi Marka Agarbatti Ads. Unfortunately, I could not find a video of them.

One of my all-time favorite Ads – and, unfortunately, I could not find a video of this one – was the old Peek Freens biscuit Ad with the Pied Piper luring all the kids away with Peek Freens biscuits. This is the one filmed on a beautiful hill-station location and produced, I believe, by Javed Jabbar.

Another memorable one was this Ad for Kiwi Show polish. Again, the theme is school children and teh classroom. Watch here if the video below does not work.

Do share with us what might be some of your favorite ads from the old PTV days. And why?

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80 comments posted

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  1. December 19th, 2008 6:22 am

    kindly brothers and sister watch that above link evergreen song of Pakistani film prayi Aag picturized on nadeem and Shamim ara hope you will like this song and its taraz very much.
    if you like then email me
    shakeel hussain

  2. December 18th, 2008 9:52 am

    Dear Brother kindly tell me do you have more commercial of 1970s I am mad to see them again in my life.
    I was child when I have seen those it will be dream become true if I see them again.
    God bless on you always
    yours brother
    shakeel hussain

  3. Ali says:
    December 16th, 2008 2:10 am

    Dentonic —-> HE HE HE HE HE
    that monkey’s appearance in the end was hilarious

  4. jawad kazmi says:
    November 20th, 2008 4:39 am

    i like the old add of NaZ PaN mAsAlA very much

    meRi mUtHi mAiN BaNd hAi KyA
    tUn TUn TuN …..

    BAtAdO Na

    NaZ PAnMaSaLa:)

    btadona naz pan masala
    he he he

  5. June 17th, 2008 4:07 am

    Hi those were the ads no doubt– par excellence– and in the reas sens old is gold. But the latest ad I watched and wondered what’s happening to our ad makers was of a condom manufacturers of which are giving generators through luck draw. Also the GMSA glue ad should be given the worst ad ever award.

  6. Faisal Amanat says:
    June 17th, 2008 3:41 am

    The ads that were produced by Shoaib Mansoor were Supreme thematic ads done under ‘Supreme Ishq’ title. Just wanted to correct you there as in the article you have mentioned them to be Tapal’s ads.

  7. Anwar says:
    June 1st, 2008 4:56 am

    But pakistan should develop in such a way that all the satellite television channels should be airing pakistan Advertisements.. otherwise its sick to see all the foreign advertisements during cricket and other programs…should we see our Advertisements only in PTV and Geo..where in Tensports and other channels we can’t see pak ads…

  8. Nabeel says:
    May 28th, 2008 2:31 am

    Gayay soap! With the canon firing! LOL.

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