About INgene blog : First ever Indian Youth trend Insights blog

About INgene : First ever Indian Youth trend Insights blog:
This blog explores the detailed characteristics of Young-India and explains the finer & crucial differences they have with their global peers. The blog also establishes the theory of “adopted differentiation” (Copyright Kaustav SG,2007) and how the Indian & Inglodian youth are using this as a tool to differentiate themselves from the “aam aadmi” (mass population of India) to establish their new found identity.

The term youth refers to persons who are no longer children and not yet adults. Used colloquially, however the term generally refers to a broader, more ambiguous field of reference- from the physically adolescent to those in their late twenties.
Though superficially the youth all over the world exhibits similar [degree of] attitude, [traits of] interests & [deliverance of] opinion but a detailed observation reveals the finer differential characteristics which are crucial and often ignored while targeting this group as a valued consumer base. India is one of the youngest countries in the world with 60% of its population less then 24 years of age and is charted as the most prospective destination for the retail investment in the A. T. Kearney’s Global Retail Opportunity Report, 2007. With the first ever non-socialistic generation’s thriving aspiration & new found money power combined with steadily growing GDP, bubbling IT industry and increasing list of confident young entrepreneurs, the scenario appears very lucrative for the global and local retailers to target the “Youngisthan” (young-India). But, the secret remains in the understanding of the finer AIOs of this generation. The Indian youth segment roughly estimates close to 250million (between the ages of fifteen and twenty-five) and can be broadly divided (socio-psychologically) into three categories: the Bharatiyas, the Indians & the Inglodians (copyright Kaustav SG 2008). The Bharatiyas estimating 67% of the young population lives in the rural (R1, R2 to R4 SEC) areas with least influence of globalization, high traditional values. They are least economically privileged, most family oriented Bollywood influenced generation. The Indians constitute 31.5% (A, B,C, D & E SEC) and have moderate global influence. They are well aware of the global trends but rooted to the Indian family values, customs and ethos. The Inglodians are basically the creamy layers (A1,A SEC) and marginal (1.5% or roughly three million) in number though they are strongly growing (70% growth rate). Inglodians are affluent and consume most of the trendy & luxury items. They are internet savvy & the believers of global-village (a place where there is no difference between east & west, developing & developed countries etc.), highly influenced by the western music, food, fashion & culture yet Indian at heart.

Monday, November 15, 2010

reviews and word of mouth are more important than the promos

Whether they're checking out Leonardo DiCaprio or enjoying the rib-tickling `3 Idiots', Youngistan is keeping its date with movies. They're such avid movie-goers that they often watch at least five a week.

And there's no more rushing to catch the first day, first show. GenY goes by the cast and prefers to read several reviews before deciding which one to watch. "I don't want to waste money on movies considering it's so expensive in Bangalore. Hence, I only go for movies that get killer reviews,'' says Aditi Gaitonde, first-year Mass Communication student, Christ University.

Aditi is a movie buff and loves foreign films, specially those from Hollywood. "But foreign language films are more touching and experimental such as `Amelie' and `City of God'. Going to theatres is expensive now and so I download some movies from internet. There are some good sites which provide all information -- from cast and crew to synopsis... Our college also has a movie club called Transtalkies, where we screen movies and analyse them," she adds.

If some prefer experimental cinema, others don't mind shelling out money if it's their favourite director. "I see who is the director and then read the reviews. I like to watch movies by Anurag Kashyap or Madhur Bhandarkar. I never go by the trailers which is just a publicity stunt,'' says Avanish Tiwary, first-year print journalism, Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM). Avanish too prefers foreign films, specially from Iran. He either sees them on DVDs or downloads them.

While Sumana Sri, a BA student from Christ College, loves to watch movies first day, first show, her college timings make this impossible. However, she still manages to catch five movies a week. Though she prefers English and Hindi movies, she takes out time for Kannada and Telugu films with her family. "I watch Hindi movies mainly because of the script. When it comes to regional films, I have no other choice but to watch what my parents prefer,'' she says.

She adores films starring Leonardo DiCaprio. "I haven't been disappointed by his movies as yet,'' says Sumana. She's an ardent fan of action and thriller movies, but detests horror flicks. "I really can't watch brainless comedies,'' she adds.

Snigdha Bose, final-year MBA student from Symbosis, Bangalore, goes largely by the reviews. "I don't want to spend much on movies and due to my packed schedules, I hardly get time. So, I download them and see them on my laptop where I can fast-forward songs and scenes I don't like,'' she explains.

Some youngsters such as Hitha Gujjar, a third-year journalism student of Mount Carmel College, doesn't mind watching any film. "I watch movies of all languages -- Kannada, Hindi, English, Spanish and French. Sometimes, we choose movies by others' feedback. I read reviews before going to the theatre,'' she admits. The cast, crew, script and acting are other essential factors which Hitha considers.

Her friend, Tanu Kulkarni is majorly into movies and but she loves the less predictable one and those which give value for money. "I enjoy Hindi and English the most but make it a point to read several reviews before going," she added.

If some things haven't changed with students over the years, it's their passion for the silver screen.

Source: Times of India

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