Deepika Padukone
Deepika PadukoneVarinder Chawla

Unlike the urbane feel of Coca Cola's typical advertisements, the new promotional gimmick changes track.

The soft drink major recently announced Deepika Padukone and Farhan Akhtar as the company's new face. The pair last seen in "Kartik Calling Kartik" has been presented in unusual avatars in the new ad.

While Deepika takes on the role of a small town college going student, Farhan looks flawless in his character of chaste rickshaw puller. The advert with Coca Cola's tag line "Open Happiness" comes across as refreshing and features a real taste of India, as Farhan is seen dropping Deepika off to college, during which there is a sweet exchange of words between the two.

The advertisement has been directed by Anurag Kashyap, who is well known for his realistic films. "The idea was to see the India that has not been showcased till now and to go into the interiors. The advertisement involves characters who are from the lower rung of the society," the "Gangs of Wasseypur" director told Hindustan Times.

The new ad by the soft drink giants might be an attempt to connect with the masses, considering that till now all of its promotions have only centered around the prim proper city life, be it with the urbane college going youths, office work spaces or the characteristic ideal family as its focus.