NEW DELHI: A never-seen-before avatar of legendary Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid has been one of the biggest talking points across the nation and given people in India a reason to smile at a time when the Covid-19 situation is looking rather gloomy.
Dravid is seen in a never seen before avatar in a new advertisement that hit the internet on Friday afternoon.In just 11 seconds, Dravid has managed to pull off something so incredible that it has bewildered even the greatest of ad gurus in the country.
The advertisement has gone viral on social media and has already garnered over 13,000 views on YouTube in just over 2 hours since being posted online.
Hashtags like #IndiraNagarkaGunda, #RahulDravid and #IndiraNagar have been spreading like wildfire and the 48-year-old has been the top ranked trending topic on the social media platform Twitter.
Popular standup comedian Tanmay Bhat wrote this ad along with Devaiah Bopanna, Puneet Chadha, Nupur Pai, and Vishal Dayama. Ayappa KM, founder, Early Man Film directed it.
Dravid’s commercial, which showcases him in a wild and angry avatar on the busy streets of Bengaluru is something that has stunned a lot of people.
In the ad video Dravid is seeing angrily shouting at others on the streets of Bengaluru from his car, chucking a milkshake cup at a car window and even bashing up a side view mirror of another car with a cricket bat before declaring ”
The commercial and Dravid’s acting in it has left even the likes of Virat Kohli, who played under his captaincy at Royal Challengers Bangalore, and T Natarajan pleasantly surprised.
“Never seen this side of Rahul bhai,” Kohli commented on the ad.
Never seen this side of Rahul bhai 🤯🤣
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) April 9, 2021
“Rahul sir. Somebody gonna get hurt real bad,” Natarajan tweeted.
— Natarajan (@Natarajan_91) April 9, 2021
In a hilarious reaction to the outstanding advertisement, Zomato has reacted with a hilarious tweet on Bangalore.
deliveries in Indiranagar miiight be late today due to an angry gunda on the road
— zomato (@zomato) April 9, 2021
It's official then. Dravid's moving to Gurgaon!
— Joy Bhattacharjya (@joybhattacharj) April 9, 2021
Cricket fans have also reacted to the add adding some witty comments and memes on the same, hence making the video viral on social media.
Am I the only one who's watching this ad on loop?
#RahulDravid took anger to another level. Damn cute!!
— Annesha (@Annesha31oct) April 9, 2021
— Dipanshu (@maine_nhi_bola) April 9, 2021
Me after watching CRED ad with Rahul Dravid.
— DTS (@DIPTARUN) April 9, 2021
I thought seeing Rahul Dravid angry is the most surprising thing today before Kohli won the toss.
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) April 9, 2021
— Gauri💛 (@Gauri2823) April 9, 2021
— Perpendicular (@Perpend92286456) April 9, 2021
Rahul Dravid broke the internet without being on SM. What a man.
— Varun (@wizardrincewind) April 9, 2021
— Shatakshi Sharma (@Shatakshi0501) April 9, 2021
— Sporty Tweet (@TheSportyTweet) April 9, 2021
— Manish Phore (@4amanish) April 9, 2021
Want to know how many times Jammy apologized to the bat, mirror, car, car owner & basically everybody after doing this. 😂👇🏻
Cutest rowdy ever – Rahul Dravid. 💙
— Aishu Haridas (@imaishu_) April 9, 2021
The timing of the commercial coincided with the start of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League, which began on Friday with a clash between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore.So why did Dravid, who we usually don’t see in too many promotional videos as such decide to do this particular advertisement? Maybe it’s because the script made him smile too.
Dravid took to coaching after stepping away from international cricket in 2011. Dravid played 164 Tests, 344 ODIs and 1 T20I for India during his professional career which lasted 15 years.
Dravid coached the India A and U-19 teams from 2016 to 2019 after which he was given charge of the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. But he continues to work closely with young Indian players and monitors their progress on a regular basis.