If you’ve seen the new advertisement by British Airways that has gone viral over the past few days, chances are you, too, have fallen in love with the adorable grandmother featured in it. Actor Uma Tembulkar, who plays the character, says it was her family who urged her to accept the role.
“My husband, children, and their families had seen me as a mother and a homemaker. They thought this role was perfect for me. They were proud of me, and shared my ad film on Facebook. We were all overwhelmed by the positive response,” says Tembulkar.
And overwhelmingly positive it has been, with the ad clocking over 13 lakh views on YouTube till now. But what is it about the ad that tugs at your heartstrings? Tembulkar says it is the feeling of love that the audience related to. “I think the reason this film has touched people’s hearts is that two strangers show compassion for each other, and break down barriers of age and culture,” she says.
Tembulkar, who has worked in over 60 ads till now, adds that it was easy for her to slip into the role. “I have been a homemaker, and I’ve always welcomed guests and relatives into my home. So this script was very close to my heart. I completely immersed myself into the role of the grandmother. The director was very calm and patient. Leanne, who played the flight attendant, was also able to bond with me. This helped me express my feelings with ease. The other cast members and production team were also very cooperative. It was great team work,” she signs off.