Nov 14, 2005, 03.58 PM | Source: CNBC-TV18
But this time, they know it is being distributed! It's an innovative marketing gimmick that the producer of Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena is doing to capture audience interest.
For months now, Bollywood's been complaining about multimedia-enabled mobile phones invading their privacy. But now, they've finally found a way to use the mobile phone to their advantage. The producers of the forthcoming film 'Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena' have created an MMS clip or a video clip, containing a steamy song sequence filmed on the film's actors Fardeen Khan and Koena Mitra, which is currently being circulated with the intention of generating a buzz around the film.
A steamy scene from the MMS clip
Producer Pritish Nandy told CNBC-TV18, "We are cashing in on the curiosity that the word MMS evokes in people. It doesn't mean that we are promoting what the MMSes have earlier promoted - a lot of sleaze - but it does mean that we can use MMS in healthy marketing ways."
Interestingly, although the Censor Board has slapped 'Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena' with an Adults certificate, the film's producers did not hesitate to use the adult content from the film in their promotional MMS clip, which is easily accessible to people of all ages who own multimedia-enabled mobile phones. Their logic is that no censorship system exists to grade, or monitor mobile phone content. Nandy says, "Since there are no such gradings required for a MMS, we can send it out in the normal course."
Insisting that both actors' consent was taken, before embarking on this novel promotional strategy, the producers of the film are confident their plan will work. They insist that not only are MMS clips less expensive than hoardings, TV spots and other conventional promotional tools, but they also reach out directly to the consumer.