Augmented Reality and the Indian mobile consumer

There are two things that every Indian loves: Cricket and Bollywood, but I’d like to comment on Bollywood‘s power today. Bollywood is so powerful that it has made Switzerland a top destination for Indian tourists just because some of the mega-hit movies featured a couple of mountain-top singing and dancing scenes. Bollywood is SO POWERFUL that the tourism authority of Spain, Turespana, invested over $600,000 in the movie Zindagi na Milegi Dobara in 2011.

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (soundtrack)

The entire movie was shot in Spain and ran like a full marketing promotion of the country’s tourism. Turespana’s investment paid off big-time: a whopping 65% increase in Indian tourists in just one year after the movie’s release.

Ok, ok, so what does this have to do with augmented reality?

As far as I can tell, nothing yet. But there is big opportunity if we fit the pieces together!

Fact: Bollywood has huge sway in a country’s tourism.

Fact: Indian consumers take to mobile technology like ducks take to water. Just check out Google’s video on the Indian Mobile Consumer. 97% of urban citizens of India have a mobile device, and 23% of them are already smartphone users. That is a LOT of people, and it’s growing.

Fact: There is such thing as an Augmented Reality Cinema App, that allows people to see the scenes of their favourite movies play out  right in front of them. Check out this video to actually see what I’m talking about.

Augmented Reality cinema

MOST IMPORTANT FACT: I cannot find a single mention of a smartphone App that does this for Bollywood movies…EVEN THOUGH Bollywood Tourism is so huge! This App would be so wildly popular with Indian tourists who go to Switzerland to relive those cheesy song-dance moments in the Alps from DDLJ!

Someone better get on this. Quick.