Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Cocktail Movie Review!

Okay so the movie is a must watch for sure. It’s RECOMMENDED especially for those who love to laugh. Cocktail follows the basic Bollywood genre-geometry of a love triangle. The good part about this one, unlike most love triangles, is that the three protagonists get to know who loves who pretty early in the picture and the revelation isn't stretched till the climax. Cocktail, basically, is the same prose with new grammar.
So the story is about a compulsive flirt Gautam (Saif Ali Khan) who gets into a no-strings-attached relationship with the hot-n-happening Veronica (Deepika Padukone). Girl-next-door Meera (Diana Penty) is literally the girl Gautam takes home to his mother (Dimple Kapadia) to cover-up his live-in relationship with Veronica. Until by interval point his heart starts fluttering for Meera. And the rest as they say is 'history'.
The characterizations are basically been-there-seen-that. The guy is commitment-phobic until he meets his match and realizes what 'true love' is. The firang female has a frivolous attitude until she realizes she, too, is vulnerable to feelings. The realisation dawns upon her that she too has a soft corner. The introvert desi dame isn't aware of her own beauty until the boy makes her realize it. Further she goes in the let-go-love-for-friend mode.
The one thing that I personally loved about the movie is its songs and their timings. Anil Mehta's cinematography is picture perfect. Pritam's music is peppy and some new voices add freshness to the soundtrack. From honey singh to coke studio, nothing was left out. The dialogues are another thing I cannot stop appreciating. I loved the originality of dialogues. They were just so perfect and catchy.
The narrative never tries too hard to build the chemistry between the characters. Like Veronica gets a random stranger Meera home and they become the best of buddies. Or Gautam and Veronica just hit if off in two scenes. So do Gautam and Meera subsequently, and if it wasn't for the kiss at interval point, one wouldn't know cupid has cross-connected. Further Meera's sudden truce with her past love (Randeep Hooda) in the pre-climax seems half-baked. Yet, at the expense of conviction, what you don't mind is that the story keeps moving ahead without expending too much time on the obvious and inescapable elements of a love story.
The 2 hours and 27 minutes of the movie is worthwhile. Nowhere does the viewer feel that the story is dragging. One tends to move with the flow.
The pacing drops in the second half, and one gets more impatient with predictability seeping into the plot. Evidently you know which girl would win in the end but you lose out to the protracted proceedings. In fact when the hero extensively proposes the heroine in the last scene you cannot stop yourself from indulging in laughter yet your eyes are filled with tears.
The first half was hilarious while during the second half I was actually laughing with tears in my eyes. The movie is typical in its story but the way of presentation is what makes it unique.

Despite all its conventionalism and inconsistencies, what still keeps you connected to the movie is its attitude to never take itself too seriously. The humour is inherent and scenes like Saif's first encounter with Deepika or Dimple Kapadia's artificial respiration to Deepika are hilarious.
From the cast, Deepika Padukone comes with the most impressive performance and is exceptionally good in the drunken scene where the happy-go-lucky Veronica shows her vulnerable side. And while she remains absolutely natural in her act, she looks stunningly sexy too. Saif Ali Khan is in his comfort zone in this romantic comedy and effortlessly charms girls (both on and off screen). Diana Penty comes with the requisite rawness that her character demands and is quite decent in her debut act. The minimalism in her looks often reminds of Giselle Monteiro's character from Love Aaj Kal. Dimple Kapadia comes as a pleasant change to the Punjabi-mom prototype in Bollywood and is quite likeable. Boman Irani does well in his short role. The talented Randeep Hooda gets no scope in his three-scene two-bit role.
Seriously, some good friends are too good to be shared!
To sum up, this one is old Cocktail in new bottle!


  1. the roles of all three characters have been etched well. Saif and Diana have essayed their role with ease, while Deepika is simply superb in her challenging role.

    1. Yeah Rahul..Deepika surpassed the other two in terms of acting :D