A brand ambassador is the image of image and therefore, lies crucial to the growth and success of the brand. This is because it is the ambassador of the brand who embodies the brand that he or she is endorsing, thereby leading to influencing the consumers and raising awareness. In today's marketing landscape many brands prefer to have younger celebrities as the image of their brands, but the one celebrity who is an exception to this trend is none other than Amitabh Bachchan. The 79-year-old veteran actor has still remained to be in demand and relevant in the endorsement world.
Amitabh Bachchan is known for his elegance, trustworthiness, statesmanship, maturity, and mass appeal. The superstar has proved time and again that age is no bar, be it in the film industry or the marketing business, as he is still one of the top actors who are sought after by brands from all over the country and beyond for endorsements.
Amitabh Bachchan, who was born Inquilaab Srivastava, is one of the most iconic actors with more than 50 years in the industry, a film producer, television host, playback singer, and a former politician. The actor is regarded to be one of the most influential actors in the history of Indian cinema and is also ranked ninth on the list of the most powerful people of India in 2019, according to India Today.
During the 70s and 80s, the actor was termed as the one-man industry by the French Director, Francois Truffaut because of his domination in the Indian film industry. The actor is known for his work in countless Bollywood movies like Sholay, Deewar, Shahenshah, Namak Halaal, Don, Badla, Mohabbatein, Baghban, Pink, Piku, and more. Besides, the actor is also the host of a popular reality show known as Kaun Banega Crorepati.
Amitabh Bachchan has won several awards such as Filmfare, National Film Awards, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award and has also been honored by the Indian government with Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, and Padma Vibhushan for his contribution to the arts.
The actor is also honored with the Legion of Honour by the Government of France as the highest civilian honor for his exceptional career in the world of cinema. Amitabh Bachchan is known to charge over Rs 5 to 8 crore for an ad commercial. The actor’s brand value is $41.2 million (2018), while the net value of the actor is $400 million (2021).
So far, the actor has endorsed brands like Maggi, Emami, Parker Pen, Lux Innerwear, Dabur Chawanprash, Dr. Fixit, Cadbury, Pepsi,Times of India, Tata Sky, Kalyan Jeweller, Navratna Oil, Gujarat Tourism, Mankind, Reid & Taylor, upGrad, JustDial, ICICI Prudential Life, Flipkart, TVS Jupiter, Cadbury Dairy Milk, Cycle Agarbathi, First Cry, Tanishq and other government campaigns like Swacch Bharat Abhiyan, Polio Vaccine, etc.
Along with endorsing a list of brands, Amitabh Bachchan has also been a crypto-enthusiast and has developed into quite a crypto-king of late. Cryptocurrency might be sounding like one of the investments that are not quite clear to many Indians but at the same time, the decentralized digital currency and the investments in the same, is rewarding a whole lot of celebrities, including popular Indian personalities. Amitabh Bachchan is one such renowned Indian celebrity that has been rewarded for his crypto investment where he had invested Rs 1.6 crore, which ballooned to become Rs 112 crores just within a year.
It was in 2015 that Amitabh and his son, Abhishek Bachchan invested around Rs 1.6 crore ($250,000) in Meridian Tech Pte, a Singapore-based, Venkata Srinivas Meenavalli-founded company, and within 2 and half years of the investment, they collected returns close to Rs 112 crores ($17.5 mn) in value.
Nevertheless, here's a list of all the prominent brands that Amitabh Bachchan has endorsed to date:
Cadbury Dairy Milk
ICICI Prudential Life
Reid & Taylor
Let's look at the list of brands endorsed by Amitabh Bachchan:
upGrad is the newest brand to be endorsed by the Big B. The Mumbai-based education technology company has roped in Amitabh Bachchan as its brand ambassador on February 28, 2022, and releases its first advertisement campaign on March 23, 2022, which is spreading via #upGradAbroad and #ABchaleABROAD.
upGrad Abroad is the new initiative designed by the popular edtech company, which is promoted by Amitabh Bachchan. Featuring Amitabh, upGrad, through this ad, promotes its initiative to help the Indian students start in India and study abroad, with a degree from the reputed universities outside of the country without wasting their money of staying abroad and studying.
The world's largest brand of tropical fruit drinks, Maaza was founded in 1976 and is owned by The Coca-Cola Company. The fruit drink brand, popular for its selection of mango, orange, and pineapple drinks, has brought together Amitabh Bachchan and Pooja Hegde in its latest campaign titled ‘Dildaar Bana De’ in February 2022. This TVC is directed by the celebrated Bollywood filmmaker Shoojit Sircar.
Maaza rolled out its new variant "Aam Panna", which again grouped Amitabh Bachchan and Pooja Hegde together ahead of the summer season 2022.
Founded in 2000, MediBuddy is a digital healthcare platform that helps the users book free consultations, checkups, lab tests and follow up the same without any hassles.
The Bengaluru-based healthcare company roped in Amitabh Bachchan as its brand ambassador on February 8, 2022, who has collaborated with MediBuddy in their recent advertisement to promote MediBuddy Gold, a healthcare subscription package that works for the whole family. The Amitabh Bachchan featured MediBuddy advertisement that came out on March 10, 2022, explores the benefits of MediBuddy Gold subscription, which enables the families of the users to receive free unlimited medical consultations from experienced doctors that can be availed 24x7.
Muthoot Finance is one of the most reliable Indian financial corporation and the largest gold loan NBFC in India. Founded in 1939 by Mathai George Muthoot in Kerala, Muthoot offers a range of services including money transfers, foreign exchange and wealth management services, travel and tourism services and more.
Amitabh Bachchan is the face of Muthoot as well, which launched its newest marketing campaign on February 4, 2022. The advertisement focuses on the belief and trust in the brand that everyone should maintain.
Amitabh Bachchan was roped by the popular direct selling company, Amway, as a brand ambassador, on October 27, 2021. The US-based company that manufactures a wide range of consumer goods, has collaborated with the Big B of the Bollywood industry to ensure that the veteran actor endorses the the brand and promotes the Nutrilite range of the Amway products along with guiding the youth, empowering the women and others with the help of their entrepreneurship schemes.
FirstCry is an Indian e-commerce store that was launched in 2010, the company is known for its huge variety of baby products. By 2020, the company had opened over 380 offline stores across the country out of which 350 were franchise stores making it Asia’s largest online shopping store for kids and baby products.
Amitabh Bachchan was signed as the brand ambassador of the company in 2015, after the birth of his granddaughter. In the commercial, the actor is seen to be in confusion while shopping for clothes for an infant as their unlimited options. After the ad, the company witnessed a massive increase in sales as the ad resonated with the people and passively offered them a chance to connect with Big B.
While talking about making Amitabh Bachchan its brand ambassador, Supam Maheshwari, CEO, and founder, Firstcry mentioned that the company needed to create maximum impact with the campaign. Amitabh Bachchan brings in credibility to the brand as he has a mass India appeal and he is also a caring grandfather.
Maggi is an international brand that originated in Switzerland in the 19th century, however, the company was acquired by Nestle in 1947. Maggi is known for its seasonings, instant soups, and instant noodles that are popular in countries like India, Pakistan, Nepal, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, and Bangladesh.
Amitabh was the brand ambassador of Maggi but the actor stopped supporting the brand after a controversy with Maggi. The actor, however, has also been featured in many Maggi commercials before ending their deal, where the actor is seen introducing the brand to cater to the old generation audience and make them eat Maggi.
The actor can be seen pitching the idea of happiness while eating the “2 minute waali Meri Maggi”. The campaign with Amitabh Bachchan was very successful, and Maggi made large profits out of it no doubt.
Cadbury Dairy Milk
Cadbury Dairy milk is a popular brand of milk chocolate that is manufactured by the conglomerate Cadbury. The brand was first introduced in 1905 in the United Kingdom and now has a huge portfolio of products under it. However, every product in this brand is made mainly with milk chocolate.
The Cadbury Milk chocolate became the bestselling chocolate bar in the UK in 2014 and is also currently available in countries like India, Kazakhstan, China, Srilanka, and Pakistan. Big B became the company brand ambassador in 2004 and since then has appeared in many of its commercials.
The actor is also responsible for making the tagline “Kuch Meetha Hojaye” popular, emphasizing the celebration of the smaller things in life with something sweet like the Cadbury Milk Chocolate. In an interview, Bharat Puri the managing director of Cadbury said that they have chosen Amitabh Bachchan because he has a universal appeal that extends to everyone from 6 to sixty years old.
Kalyan Jewellers is one of the most popular Indian jewelry showrooms chains. The company currently is present in overall metro cities of India and even in West Asia and has over 8000 employees. Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan became the company's global ambassadors in 2012.
Thanks to his efforts Kalyan Jewellers has now become India's single largest self-owned jewelry chain. The group currently holds a strong presence especially in South India, with 35 stores across four southern states. The ad commercial of Kalyan jewelers features Amitabh Bachchan with his daughter Shweta Nanda.
This ad beautifully portrays the charm that jewelry adds to every occasion. The scene features Amitabh Bachchan buying jewelry for his daughter and his wife which evokes a very relatable emotion in the audience.
The Luxor Writing Instruments company brought out the Parker range of pens, which are marked by their elegance and sophistication. These Parker pens were initially endorsed by Amitabh Bachchan between 2001 - 2008, and after a gap of 2 years, the Bolywood superstar had again resumed his collaboration with a 2 year-long contract on June 15, 2011.
Emami Limited is a leading personal and healthcare products conglomerate that has its headquarters based in Kolkata. The company is a growing global presence and a huge portfolio of well-known products like Boroplus, Navratna, Fair and Handsome, Zandu Balm, Kesh King, She Comfort, Mentho plus Balm, and Fast Relief.
It has over 250 products made with ayurvedic formulas which are available in more than 50 countries like the UK, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Belaris, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kenya, Singapore, Malaysia, and Bangladesh. The company has had other Bollywood actors as its brand ambassadors like Juhi Chawla, Katrina Kaif, Kangana Ranaut, Sonakshi Sinha, Salman Khan.
Emami made Amitabh Bachan the brand ambassador for its Boroplus brand which is a natural antiseptic cosmetic brand originating from Russia. The actor has been featured in many television advertisements in the ad campaign of Boroplus. It is because of these ads that the brand has become successful and positioned itself in the audiences' minds.
The actor is currently the brand ambassador of Gujarat Tourism and is featured in many commercials of the ad campaign. The “Khushboo Gujarat Ki” taglined campaign by celebrity Amitabh Bachchan became so popular that it increased tourism in Gujarat by 14% per annum which is twice that of the national growth rate.
This campaign has won several awards and has increased the benchmark of tourism ads by making Amitabh Bachchan its face. Big B became part of the initiative by the Gujarat Government to promote its Tourism.
In the advertisement “Khushboo Gujarat Ki” Amitabh Bachchan can be seen in tourist spots like Bhuj, Dhola Veera, Mandvi and Rann of Kutch while exploring the culture of Gujarat and urging people to travel to Gujarat.
Lux Industries, a notable innerwear manufacturing company of India, is one of market leaders of the Indian segment of innerwear. Founded in 1957, and boasting of a complete range of innerwear for men, women and children, Lux is a famous name still in its niche.
The popular inner garments company had roped in the veteran actor as the brand ambassador of Lux Venus and Lux Cott's wool in August 2017. Amitabh came out with the advertisement of Lux Inferno last in October 2019 after featuring in multiple ads for the company. Kartik Aaryan was another actor who was seen alongside Bachchan in the same ad.
Justdial Limited is a company that provides local search for different services in India over the phone, website, and mobile apps. Justdial has its headquarters based in Mumbai, Maharashtra but also has offices in cities like Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, and Pune. In 2020, Justdial has more than 10,984 employees.
Amitabh became the brand ambassador after investing an undisclosed amount in the company. This investment was later confirmed as Rs 6.27 lakhs in 2013 when he bought 62,794 shares of JustDial, which gave him returns close to Rs 7 crore, a whopping 10190% returns. Amitabh has helped increase the popularity of Justdial by featuring in their ad commercials. The actor can be seen portraying how the Just dial app is better than its competitors, its features and it is a one-stop-shop for all their customer’s needs.
Dabur took over the 2,500-year-old Ayurveda formula with its brand purpose and created the country’s first-ever branded Chayanprash in 1949. The company claims that two spoons daily of Dabur Chyawanprash support immunity and are beneficial for overall health and well-being.
The company has made many iconic ads with Amitabh Bachchan as its brand ambassador and continues to aim in boosting the country’s immunity, especially in the times of the Covid pandemic. In the 2000s, the company witnessed a sudden dip in sales that is when the actor was roped in to be the face of the brand and drive its growth.
The company put out its largest ad campaign with Rs 10 crore featuring Big B, which showed him being strong after eating Chyawanprash and which provides immunity to all kinds of disease. Amitabh Bachchan made it a household name by changing the perception of the product.
ICICI Prudential Life
ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company Limited is a popular life insurance company in the country. It was originally established after the joint venture between ICICI Bank and Prudential plc.
The company is headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra, and offers services life insurance and asset management business. The company signed Amitabh Bachchan as its brand ambassador and was paid Rs 10 crore as endorsement fees to be featured in its commercials.
In an interview, the actor commented on his association with the company by saying that, he was happy to associate with ICICI Prudential Life as he sees life insurance as a product that offers a feeling of reassurance to people, for all of them who opt for it. He also added that ICICI Prudential Life has been able to make a mark in the industry and is a trusted life insurance brand.
Amitabh Bachchan is the face of the Polio campaign in the country, the aim of the campaign is to spread more awareness about the easy availability of the polio vaccine. The actor’s partnership with UNICEF has successfully persuaded many parents to get their children vaccinated especially in rural areas.
The tagline of the campaign “Do Boond Zindagi Ki” talks about the importance of the two drops of the polio vaccine. This award-winning campaign ad was featured on Television and radio emphasizing the seriousness of the issue.
The actor also took part in many public appearances and field visits to remote areas of the country to create awareness about polio prevention. Amitabh Bachchan plays the main role in why the campaign was successful as the actor has a huge popularity, credibility, and mass appeal not only as a celebrity but also as a humanitarian.
The popular Emami Oil product, Navratna oil, which is well-known for its cooling benefits and the relief that it provides people from headaches and body aches is an Ayurvedic product and has seen Amitabh Bachchan time and again as its endorser. The Big B has featured in multiple advertisements created for the promotion of the same and in the latest of the advertisements he has also sung the iconic Pyaasa song "Sir jo tera chakraye" performing as #RaahatRaja.
Along with the advertisements and investments, Amitabh Bachchan also usually remains busy on his work front. Runway 34, Brahmastra, Jhund, Goodbye, and The Intern are some of the movies that Bachchan is currently working on, as of reports dated January 31, 2022.
Hailed as a leading waterproofing expert, Dr Fixit from the popular adhesive brand, Pidlite, brings right waterproofing solutions for the users to make their homes leak-free with the best waterproofing services in India.
Dr Fixit had announced Amitabh Bachchan as its brand ambassador in August 2016. According to the deal, the veteran actor was selected to be the person to spearhead its flagship campaign and act as the face of the brand across multiple engagement platforms. The recent Dr Fixit campaign that came out in December 2020 was the last campaign of the brand that featured Bachchan.
Reid & Taylor
Founded in 1998, by S Kumar's Nationwide (SKNL), Reid & Taylor was a fabric and suiting brand. As per the last reports, the Reid & Taylor brand's shares were liquidated in December 2018 after RTIL was dragged to insolvency court.
This popular suiting and fabric manufacturing company had announced Amitabh Bachchan as its brand ambassador in July 2013, after which Bachchan had featured in a number of the Reid & Taylor advertisements.
Mankind Pharma is a pharmacy company, which is counted among the top pharmaceutical companies in India. Founded in 1995, Mankind operates 34+ overseas destinations and boasts of 14000+ happy customers.
The popular medicine manufacturer had collaborated with Amitabh Bachchan towards the end of October in the year 2017, announcing the veteran actor as its brand ambassador. The latest Mankind ad has been launched in September 2021 and features Amitabh as well.
When it comes to endorsements and advertisements Amitabh Bachchan is one of the most sought-after actors even at his age because of his reliability among the masses, elegance, trustworthiness, statesmanship, mass appeal, and maturity. He is also the one of the highest paid actors to feature in endorsements.
Amitabh Bachchan is the country’s most iconic actor as he has starred in more than 190 movies since the 1970s. The actor is loved, admired, and respected by a massive public following. Big B as most people fondly call him is one the most prominent celebrity in the country, which is why many companies still prefer him to be featured in their advertising campaigns.
Who is Amitabh Bachchan?
Amitabh Bachchan is one of the most iconic actors with more than 50 years in the industry, a film producer, television host, playback singer, and a former politician.
What is the brand value of Amitabh Bachchan?
The brand value of Amitabh Bachchan is $41.2 million (2018).
What are the main brands endorsed by Amitabh Bachchan?
The main brands endorsed by Amitabh Bachchan are Polio Vaccine, ICICI Prudential Life, Dabur Chyawanprash, Just Dial, Gujarat Tourism, Emami, Kalyan Jeweller, FirstCry, Cadbury Dairy Milk, Maggi.
What are the other brands endorsed by Amitabh Bachchan?
The other brands endorsed by Amitabh Bachchan are Parker Pen, Lux Innerwear, Dr Fixit, Pepsi, Tata Sky, Mankind, Reid & Taylor, Flipkart, TVS Jupiter, Cycle Agarbathi, Tanishq, and other government campaigns like Swacch Bharat Abhiyan, etc.
How much does Amitabh Bachchan charge for a brand endorsement?
Amitabh Bachchan charges over Rs 5 to 8 crore for an ad commercial.
What is the net worth of Amitabh Bachchan?
The net worth of Amitabh Bachchan is $400 million (2021).