Direction: Homi Adajania
Cocktail is a cute and funny rom-com – which is old Bollywood wine packaged as … a new Cocktail (pun intended!!).
Without delving into the story of the movie … which is a clichéd one boy two girls love triangle… lets accept the reality of it being a box-office hit. In Indian Box Office the movie has raked in 71 crore rupees in the first two weeks, and as per Mohsin Yaseen from Cinepax: “(Cocktail) … managed to do record business in Pakistani cinemas in first 7 days.”
Furthermore … as the story unfolds, the film lives up to its name because of the diverse influences that drive the story and its characters. It is written by Imtiaz Ali, and you spot moments straight out of Jab We Met, Socha Na Tha and Love Aaj Kal. Bits off the pages of Archie comics, a dash of American sitcoms such as Friends, and then the second half leads into a marathon of rona dhona. A hash is what it is!
Both the leading ladies are extremely good-looking, carry their parts perfectly and are a BIG reason why the movie is a box office success. Kudos for debutant Diana Penty, who was extremely charming and holds her footing well.
Another factor working well for the movie is the pretty awesome soundtrack. With songs like “Daru Desi” and “Tumhi Ho Bandhu” which were very popular even before the movie was released, this album is definitely one of Pritam’s best albums in a long time, and each of the tracks are refreshing and arresting!
From the sidelines, Dimple Kapadia gets enough humour in the edgeways with her portrayal of Saif’s loud Punjabi mom. Boman Irani as Saif’s uncle is somewhat restrained, but chips in well for his part.
Thus on the surface (in the promos and in the first half) the movie is a perfect GenNex movie …free-spirit, cheerful vibes, and breezy treatment!
Where the movie falters massively for me is the regressive hidden message that lies within the supposedly hip, modern, GenNex storyline. As Tazeen has aptly put in her review: “The premise of the film was that men fall for behen ji types even when they are man whores and have slept with half the women in two metros (Delhi and London).”
It is ironic to see Bollywood film that offers such a rare substantial female role as that of party girl Veronica — performed by Deepika — who under the pretext of love has a sudden and 180 degree change in her mindset, lifestyle and personality, a little too hard a concept to digest in this age or setup … and more so why is there even a need to do something like thing to the movie and the character?
At its core, Cocktail plays things safe – and is not as intoxicating as it looked!