New Delhi | Jagran Entertainment Desk: Food delivery app Zomato has once again landed in controversies, this time due to its latest ads featuring Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif. Yes, a couple of ads starring the Bollywood actors were released a few days ago which showed that no matter what Zomato's delivery service is always on time.

The ad also featured how delivery men are so efficient that they even make sure to reach timely incase of rain or traffic.

Instead of appreciating the gratitude expressed by the app for its delivery men, a section of people chose to troll the ad for the 'ill' treatment of Zomato's delivery partners.

Yes, and now, in order to reply to them, Zomato has issued a statement which says:

"On our latest TV ads featuring Hrithik and Katrina...

We released new TV ads (featuring Hrithik and Katrina) a week ago and have been receiving mixed feedback about them. Here's what some people are saying our TV ads highlight -

• Our ads are tone-deaf and we hired celebrities to divert the conversation around gig worker payouts and working conditions.

• Our delivery partners don't even get a minute to themselves between orders, and stay under extreme pressure come rain or shine

• We would rather spend $$ on celebrity ads than pay our delivery partners well

Since there are always two sides to a story, we would love to present our point of view. These ads were conceptualised 6 months ago (long before any social media chatter around gig worker payouts/working conditions), and were shot 2 months ago. We shot these ads with the following goals in mind -

• Make delivery partners the hero of the ad

• Highlight that we should talk respectfully to delivery partners (like Hrithik and Katrina do in the ad, and very few other people do)

• Raise the level of dignity associated with a delivery partner's job

• Demonstrate the pride which most of our delivery partners serve our customers with

• Last but not the least, reiterate that every customer is a star for us and no less than Hrithik or Katrina

We believe that our ads are well-intentioned, but were unfortunately misinterpreted by some people.

Having said that, we have been intently listening to all the chatter about gig workers and all the problems associated with this part of the economy. As a company, we have always acknowledged whenever we've come short, and we understand that you expect more and better from us.

As we shared in our quarterly shareholder letter before, we've been actively working on this already, and our delivery partner Net Promoter Score (NPS) has increased from -10% to 28% (and continues to rise). We will also, very soon, publish a blog post explaining why we think our delivery partners are fairly compensated for the work/time that they put in.

We thank everyone for pushing us to do better and we urge you to continue keeping us on our toes. We won't shirk away our responsibility."


Here, take a look at Katrina Kaif and Hrithik Roshan's Zomato ads:

So guys what are your thoughts on the same? Do let us know.

Posted By: Sanyukta Baijal