Starring : Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, Diana Penty, Dimple Kapadia, Boman Irani and Randeep Hooda.
Director : Homi Adajania.
Imtiaz Ali’s movies have all had few common things. They were all stylish, defied the norm, women were out-going, had a tragic love story and were way ahead of the times. And, Cocktail is no different!
It is the story of three different individuals, Gautam (Saif Ali Khan), a compulsive flirt, Veronica (Deepika Padukone), an out-going, rich bitch, as she calls herself and Meera (Diana Penty), a traditional woman who enters London in a salwar-kameez.
Movie starts with Meera realising that she has been ditched by her husband for money and bumps into Veronica in a loo who promptly takes her in as her flat-mate. Gautam bumps into Veronica and before long he shifts his bags in to their flat with no-strings-attached-agreement. Meera doesn’t like Gautam (obvious) and suggests that she’d leave the house, but Veronica forces her to stay. Eventually Meera falls for Gautam (quite obvious) and Gautam falls for Meera but all hell breaks lose when Veronica falls for Gautam too. What follows is cliches, melodrama, sentimental sacrifice and the climax. Now, it’s for you to discover who settles down with whom by watching the movie.
The characters of Gautam’s mother (Dimple Kapadia) and uncle (Boman Irani) as loud Punjabi family are comically written and provide many laughs. Saif is wonderful as the self-obsessed, narcissist, incorrigible flirt but a bit too old to play the part. Deepika looks breath-takingly beautiful in certain scenes and also portrays the dark-side of her character convincingly, undoubtedly her best performance till date. Diana is too good an actor for a debutante and needless-to-mention, long and beautiful. And cute. And sweet! Randeep Hooda, such a fine actor, is simply wasted.
Pritam’s music is good, the best one’s being Tum hi ho bandhu and Daru desi. But then, so much of the movie passes in songs. Like, in a song Veronica and Meera become thick friends, in another Veronica bumps into Gautam and brings him home, in yet another Meera goes back to Kunal (Randeep Hooda) and he falls in love with her. So much is happening without much information about the characters or their families or about their work. Everyone is just falling in love sans the chemistry.
What Agent Vinod, Saif’s earlier movie, lacked was some whacky humor and Cocktail provides ample amount of it. Best ones being Dimple’s entering the house with Boman, Veronica having to pretend being unconscious on the beach, Saif in a negligee and Saif’s self-praising-obnoxious flirting.
Love is so blind that it can happen even with the person who has been screwing your best friend for over a month right in the adjacent room to that of yours. (Yeah, that’s what Cocktail says! :P)
The movie is awesome, refreshing, stylish, humorous, matured, fun in the first half. But turns cliched, melodramatic, slow-paced and a bit boring in the second. But, surely worth a watch for stunning locations and even more stunning DP-square! 😉