Vivo will not use Aamir, Sara in advertisements for next few months as a response to Sino-Indian hostility

Chinese smartphone maker Vivo won’t use brand ambassadors Aamir Khan and Sara Ali Khan in its advertising campaigns over the next few months, including the upcoming IPL, in what’s said to be a fallout from the recent Sino-Indian border hostilities. This follows demands that Indian stars stop endorsing Chinese brands.

“Vivo will advertise new phone launches in the coming months including the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) T20 for which it is title sponsor, but none of the new phones will be promoted by actors Aamir or Sara despite their star power,” said an industry executive aware of the development.

Vivo India’s spokesperson didn’t respond to queries.

Aamir Khan, who featured prominently on Vivo’s Twitter handle, is no longer visible there or on the mobile phone maker’s home page. The Dangal star has 26.3 million followers on Twitter and 3.4 million followers on Instagram. He’s known to charge about ₹4 crore per day for brand shoots, which translates into an annual endorsement fee of ₹12-15 crore. He was signed up by Vivo in early 2018.

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