Colgate’s latest campaign reveals the power in a smile in the face of adversity

Red Fuse, WPP’s integrated global team dedicated to serving Colgate-Palmolive, has launched a new brand film for Colgate’s Smile Strong campaign that highlights the power of smile in the face of adversity.

The film, which will run on cinema and digital from November to December in Malaysia and Singapore tells the story of a bright young man Airliftz.  We follow the life of Airliftz, whose face we never see, as he grows up. He's put at the back of the stage, sits alone between classes, and is rejected for café jobs on sight as he hands his resume out. 

But then, a drastic change, as he walks from the dressing room to the stage where he is greeted by thousands of excited fans. The contrasting stories demonstrate how his willpower and determination have broken through societal biases, which ultimately led him to share his passion with the world.

Airliftz’s poignant story was chosen to inspire and remind Malaysians that with perseverance, and a positive attitude, we can all achieve great things that can change your life forever.


See Mei Sin, Associate Marketing Director (Oral Care) said: "Colgate believes that everyone deserves a future they can smile about – no matter the age, race, gender, or simply one's looks. It is our hope that Airliftz’ story inspires an optimistic spirit within Malaysians - that there is true power in our smile, regardless of our circumstances.


Adrian Miller, Chief Creative Officer Malaysia said: “In the toothpaste category, we don’t tend to see much deviation from the norm when it comes to brand storytelling. So, we always ask ourselves how can we bring a fresh perspective to well-trodden territory? By keeping the protagonists face hidden throughout the commercial and juxtaposing the harsh realities of his past life with the adulation he’s receiving in the present we created a film that will intrigue the viewer. In a world of disposable content, the best we can hope for is for people to watch to the very end and the least we can do is reward them for doing so.”

Colgate APAC
Vice-President Marketing APAC: Yves Briantais
Marketing Director, Impactful Brand Experience APAC: Lyndon Morant
Marketing Director: Edith Marquez-Reyes
Associate Marketing Director: See Mei Sin

Impactful Brand Experience Lead : Krisha Dy
Senior Brand Manager: Lee Wei Shiarn


WPP – Malaysia team
Chief Executive Officer : Nizwani Shahar

Chief Creative Director: Adrian Miller
Associate Creative Director: Shariar Ghafar
Creative Group Head: Abiseshana Mohan
Art Director: Foong Mei Pang
Account Director: Sumana Ratilal
AV Producer: Loo Seng Tuck
Art Buyer Manager: Mandy Lee

WPP – Regional team
Executive Director: Daniel Cullen
Regional Executive Creative Director: Kenny Choo
Regional Account Manager: Shreya Jhamtani

Film Director : Ismail Kamarul

Executive Producer : Sabrina Wong

Post House : APV

Audio House : Two AM Music Global


We Are Stronger When We Smile - Song

CEO Red Records  :  Hassan Choudhury

A&R and Marketing Executive Red Records : Ting Jia Lee

Written and performed by : Airliftz

Executive Producer : Eu Jin Tang

Producer : Tatsuro Miller

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