COCKTAIL talks about the three characters which are different from each other – Gautam is contemptible and wacky in nature, Veronica is wild whereas Diana is a simpleton.
The movie opens with the ever flirtatious Gautam [Saif Ali Khan] in a flight, who doesn’t even miss a chance to get close to hot women around. But, that’s not a surprise to us as we are well-aware of Saifu’s old casanova avatar. We also get introduced to Meera [Diana Penty], the sweet, petite lady, who gets dumped by her husband Kunal [Randeep Hooda]. And, then finally, enters the most wanted hottie Veronica [Deepika Padukone], whose never seen, smashing avatar is sure to captivate millions. Things turn better for the helpless Meera after she meets the wild cat Veronica, who gives her shelter at her home. Though poles apart, in terms of character, the two females start staying under the same roof in London. Gautam, who gets a dream job in London, too moves in with them, under the same roof. The film beautifully defines enjoyable, entertaining and entangled friendships along with bitter turmoils that friends can go through. Though different from each other, these three are perfect friends, staying under one roof. They all have a blast, until love happens. The perfect friendship turns confusing, and love becomes complicated. But, with whom does Gautam finally ends up – Is it going to be Veronica or Meera, or will they all live together?
The first half, light and frothy for the most part, is fun, while the second half gets maudlin and laboured more than it needs to. The movie has true urban and chic look which is the plus point of the film. The three characters’ laughter and their enjoying life king size add sparkles to the movie’s worth. Director Homi Adajania, who made his Bollywood debut with Being Cyrus, executes the script brilliantly on celluloid with fabulous ease. It is a complex flick that shows off the particulars and the complexities of human relationships. Where the movie is laced with fun moments, laughter and urban feel, it also carries the emotions. The biggest highlight of the film is the three characters’ characterization which has been done with absolute care. Imtiaz Ali and Sajid Ali’s story is a run-of-the-mill love triangle. But it’s the screenplay and dialogues that make the movie really enjoyable. Though Saif Ali Khan has some really cheesy pick-up-lines, he gets the best dialogues.
Music by Pritam is melodious and Tumhi Ho Bandhu and Second Hand Jawani appeal to the souls. Salim-Sulaiman’s background music is well composed. Dialogues are very nice. Styling is simply fabulous and Anaita Shroff Adajania deserves the brawny points for the job. Anil Mehta’s cinematography is brilliant since it gives you international feel. The international locales have been captured marvelously. Editing is also good.
This is one of Saif Ali Khan’s best performances so far in his career. He is very good as the playboy Gautam and equally cute when he tries to win Meera. Deepika Padukone plays her part of the confused-spoilt-brat-with-a-heart-of-gold quite well. Diana Penty surprises with an apt performance as the subdued Meera. Boman Irani is really enjoyable as Saif’s uncle. Dimple Kapadia is superb as Saif’s mother.
Overall COCKTAIL has been made in a fascinating and the trendy look and style. It’s a very nice fun movie. go and Watch!!