Tinder in India moves from right swiping mothers to ‘Adulting Can Wait’

Tinder’s latest campaign for India, one of its top five markets, is built around the theme ‘Adulting can wait’. Created by J Walter Thompson, the film released late December on Indian social media clocked 7.3 million views on YouTube.

Speaking about the campaign, Tinder and Match group general manager for India Taru Kapoor said: “In our social narrative, there has always been a focus on ‘goals’ and ‘successes’. However, we want to celebrate the journey of getting there.

“In popular culture, the term ‘Adulting’ signifies behaving like a stereotypical adult: someone who has ‘settled down,’ figured life out and is responsible for themselves and others.

“The ad breaks down precisely these stereotypes and the pressure to conform that causes us to neglect our true passions and preferences.

“In the film, we see that the Tinder Girl — played by the singer of the ad Anjali Sivaraman — navigating through the maze of life. And when she eventually reaches the “exit”, she decides to prolong her adventure just a while longer.”  

The ad is a far cry from Tinder’s first commercial in the country. Released around Mother’s Day, it featured a mother encouraging her daughter to go on a date via Tinder and ‘swiping right’ on her choice of apparel.

Speaking about the shift, Kapoor said: “It was part of our ongoing effort to create a conversation around dating and relationships in contemporary India. Over the last three years, we have grown explosively and our marketing and communication efforts have also evolved significantly in scale and scope.”

She added: “India is among Tinder’s top five growing markets and it is amongst the top three grossing apps in India.”


Agency: J Walter Thompson, Delhi

Managing partner: Joy Chauhan

National creative director: Sambit Mohanty

National planning director: Pinaki Bhattacharya

Executive creative director:  Sayantan Choudhury

AVP and senior creative director: Sumonto Ghosh

Copy supervisor: Sheetal Raghav.

Production house: Small Fry Productions

Director: Rajneesh Ghai ‘Razy’

Executive producer: Ryan Suares, Varun Mohta and Girish Kant Singh

Music director: Mikey McCleary

Singer: Anjali Sivaraman


Get the latest media and marketing industry news (and views) direct to your inbox.

Sign up to the free Mumbrella Asia newsletter now.



Sign up to our free daily update to get the latest in media and marketing