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Cocktail  (2012 - Hindi)

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Cocktail critics rating: 2.7 out of 5 2.7/5 (22 critics)

My Rating

  • Enjoy the Good Taste till it lasts….

    Cocktail rating: 7 out of 10(Divya Solgama wrote on 13 Jul 2012)

    If you take a brief summary of Romantic films made in our Hindi Films, one is sure it will lead with a huge margin. Right from the Musical era of the swingin’ 60s till date, film-makers have made different types of films with the ‘Romance’ element as its core ingredient. Some filmmakers took it to the next level with films based on ‘Love Triangle’. Most of the times, as the movie starts, you come to get an idea of who’s going to end up with whom. There are times when you support your favorite actor and wish deeply for him/her to win the beloved’s heart, and then there are some shockers where till the final frame, the filmmaker keeps you on the edge and suddenly towards the finale selects one and ends the movie. If the movie has all top actors with fantastic music then the level of excitement becomes unmeasured. After a long gap comes a Love Triangle ‘Cocktail’ - with a completely new look, peppy music, two of the biggest stars today, and a fresh-looking newcomer. So let’s find out if this love triangle is any different than the ones we have seen from ages, or just another case of ‘Old Wine in a New Bottle’ {A line used maximum times to describe our films by various critics all over the world}.

    The Story for Cocktail, written by Imtiaz Ali and Sajid Ali, is nothing new and has been witnessed many times right from Manoj Kumar-Waheeda Rehman-Mumtaz starrer ‘Patthar Ke Sanam’ to Shah Rukh-Madhuri Dixit-Karishma Kapoor starrer ‘Dil To Pagal Hai’ and many more. But it’s totally based in today’s times and as per today’s happenings. The Script & ambience has been made so contemporary that one might feel a whole fresh touch to this genre. The detailing of all 3 lead characters {Saif Ali Khan as a flirt Delhite in UK, Deepika Padukone as the spoilt brat and Diana Penty as a simple decent girl-next-door} have been done brilliantly. The movie goes on upward graph right from the track where Deepika and Diana becomes friends followed by Deepika hooking with Saif and then after a while thanks to goof up by Saif's mother {Dimple Kapadia} and Uncle {Boman Irani}, the whole track featuring Saif with Diana. But after those things, the consistency keeps fluctuating as sometimes things move too fast and other times at a snail’s pace. Many might love the first half for its total fun quotient, full of pep and a tangy flavour, and barring a few flaws on screenplay angle in second half, the painful part does manage to do its job as well. There are some scenes like Deepika – Diana first meet, Saif first meet with Deepika followed by the whole track at her house, Boman/Saif talking with Dimple on phone, Saif’s ‘Sheila’ dance, Dimple at Saif’s house followed by Dimple catching Saif-Deepika at the beach, Saif praising Diana’s good qualities, Saif frustration sharing with Boman, Trio discussion on table, Deepika’s frustration after getting drunk at the club and later on the way with Saif and Daina.
    On the flip side, as said earlier, the pace keeps staggering in the second half with more dull moments and some unconvincing ones like the whole Daina-Randeep track, easy climax and a few more. A special mention to the brilliant cinematography by Anil Mehta & his use of the whole summer tone to the visuals that makes the film look very fresh, peppy and young. The locations of London and Cape Town are beautifully captured. Editing is perfect in the first half, but could have trimmed a little bit in the second.

    Music by Pritam is foot-tapping with fantastic numbers like ‘Daru Desi’, ‘Tumhi Ho Bandhu’, ‘Angrezi Beat’ and ‘Second Hand Jawani’. All these songs connect with the characters and the youth feel of the film. Songs like ‘Yaariyaan’ and ‘Jugni’ add the emotional resonance to the film, which at few places is fantastic. Background music is superb.

    Homi Adajania’s debut ‘Being Cyrus’ (2005) was a good new-age cinema, but out here he surprises us by choosing a Love triangle for a theme. He highly succeeds when it comes to lending a fresh feel to the film. There was no Rocket-Science to an assumption that the first half will be entertaining and second more on the dramatic side. But even in the dramatic parts, at few places, he does a commendable job in bringing in the different textures of feelings of different characters. Sadly the other parts do not match up to the earlier part. Also, the confusion of the writers and director shows up in some part of the film and that’s where the negative part starts leading to an easy and expected climax. We hope that the filmmaker learns from these minor mistakes.

    Right from the first promo, Saif Ali Khan looked a bit miscast for this film, especially with his Semi-‘Agent Vinod’ stubble. He has done many films with this type of character in past and as per that, he is a perfect choice. Yes he does his part perfectly, but still the whole miscast factor lingers on your mind throughout the film. You will particularly love him in those kiddish moments {especially the ‘Sheila’ dance}. Deepika Padukone looks super-hot and gives a brilliant performance in the second half. Watch out for the scene where she gets drunk and begs to Saif followed by her discussion with Diana. Diana Penty looks very sweet and beautiful and does her part very well. Her simplicity, in total contrast to Deepika’s Sexy avatar, works fully and that’s what attracts us to her. Boman Irani and Dimple Kapadia are fantastic in their short cameos; wished their part was a bit more. Randeep Hooda is wasted and unwanted.

    So bol meri ‘Filmi Khopdi’ iss film mein kitna hai Dum ?

    Dum hai if you love Romantic films, especially Love Triangles. The movie has a perfect title as it’s a great blend of Spice, Sour, Sweet and Passion in it. It’s only as you try to finish your ‘Cocktail’ drink you get a little bitter taste of some wrong ingredient without which your drink could have been a perfect treat. Still, enjoy it till the good taste lasts.

    Ratings : 3.5/5

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