Sanjaya to star in new ad for Nationwide


Nationwide announced the next star of the “Life Comes at You Fast”  campaign is Sanjaya Malakar, former contestant on “American Idol.” Sanjaya will follow in the footsteps of Kevin Federline, Fabio and MC Hammer, who appeared in previous Life Comes at You Fast commercials.

In the spot, Sanjaya visits a monastery in India to seek advice and he is told that he needs a retirement plan, and some work on his hair.

This is the third year Nationwide created advertising specifically targeting the South Asian market. The Sanjaya ad is one of six new spots that will specifically target the South Asian market.

“The rapidly growing South Asian market is very important to us,” said Tariq Khan, Nationwide’s vice president for Market Development and Diversity. “The creative work in these print ads and TV spots reflect traditions and situations that South Asians can relate to.”

In keeping with its campaign, the ad will use humor to make an important point: Life Comes at You Fast – often before you realize it. Whether it is getting married, having a child, buying a new home, or saving for college or retirement, advance preparation is important, especially when it comes to insurance and financial planning.