The line, Kya main aapko jaanthi hoon? (Do I know you?), with a confused and irritated look of Umang Jain in a Cadbury advert has fluttered a million hearts, adding up to this peary-eyed model-plus-actor’s fanbase.
Everything about the Cadbury Shubh Aarambh’s commercial was adorable – the mood of the picture, the simplicity of the dialogues, and the subtle background music – and icing on the cake was Umang’s timid girl-next-door act, which has made it a memorable piece of work on the small screen.
So big was the impact of the commercial on the audiences that the following days saw fan pages for Umang and the advert popping up on the social networking site, Facebook. Totally worth it, they said!
It wouldn’t be wrong to call this diva a born actor, quite evident from her work portfolio that boasts of more than 12 years of experience – yes, almost of half her age!
Umang’s fascinating career started at the age of ten, when she was featured in a weekly Indian show, Justujoo on Zee TV in 2002 and in 2006, she appeared in Ssshhhh…Phir Koi Hai, a Hindi suspense-thriller on Star Plus.
However, her big break on small screen came later on in 2010, through a teen sitcom, Sunaina, which was aired on Pogo channel. The show garnered the talented Umang many accolades from the viewers.
Coming to her feats in advertisement world, Umang has ruled the turf by large starting with brands like BSA Ladybird and Airtel to the most recent Pizza Hut and Vicks ads. A run through of her commercials manifests the journey this damsel has set for herself.
Umang has acted in nearly 80 television commercials, endorsing brands like Pond’s Facewash, MTS, Sony Handycam, Hair N Care, Max New York Life, SBI, Tata Docomo, Moserbaer, Medimix Soap, Castrol, Maggie, Britannia Good Day, ITC Classmate Notebooks, Red Label, Boroline Suthol, Nihar – Shanti Amla, Dabur, Domino’s, L.G., Britannia NutriChoice Multigrain Thins, Himalaya Facewash, Kumarika Hair Oil, Mederma, Nokia Lumia 800, Britannia Bourbon Cappuccino, Videocon d2h HD, Cadbury, KOPIKO, Hindalco, Parachute Advansed Jasmine, Whisper, Zapak and the list goes on and on. She has also done several print ads (featured pic: Lawrence & Mayo) and promos for media channels like NDTV and MTV.
Umang’s charm and talent wasn’t just limited to the small screen; she forayed into the Hindi film industry with Love Breakups Zindagi (October 2011), in which she acted alongside acclaimed stars (divas) – Dia Mirza, Auritra Ghosh, Tisca Chopra and Pallavi Sharda! Her second movie, Shakal Pe Mat Ja, a comedy drama released a month later.
Although these two movies couldn’t make a lasting mark, Umang wasn’t bogged down by it, as she bagged a Malayalam thriller, Aaru Sundarimaarude Katha (2013), a women-centric movie. She played an aspiring tennis player, which apparently is her favorite sport. 🙂
Some of Umang’s biggest hit television adverts:
Umang Jain and Nikhil Mehta in the Cadbury Dairy Milk commercial that left the country talking: Nayi dosti ka #ShubhAarambh:
The same Cadbury jodi for Airfone:
IPL team badalne ka ShubhAarambh! Cadbury Dairy Milk:
Fortune Besan TVC (with diva Shraddha Arya):
Pond’s Face Wash girls:
Britannia Bourbon Cappuccino ad (with Amol Parashar):
Nostalgic Dhathri Dheedhi Shampoo (with renowned actress Revathi):
Tata Docomo Break Up advert:
The famous Max New York Life TVC (with Jay Soni):
BSA Lady Bird ad:
Videocon d2h HD Demo TVC:
Nokia Lumia 800 with 3D Maps ad:
Kumarika Hair Oil TVC:
Britannia NutriChoice Multigrain Thins ‘Girl Friend’:
ITC Classmate stationery:
Britannia Good Day Khusiyon Ke Ghar:
Sony Handycam: Relive Your Memories – HD
Writer: Sharath RK Teja