‘Cocktail’ – mixed bag Mulberry Alexa of laughter, emotions, love, heartbreak

Saif Ali Khan’s second home production, ‘Cocktail’, sticks true to its title throughout. The movie is a mixed Fashion Bags in all respects: relations, emotions, feelings, music, events. It brings together friendship, fun, laughter, love, heartbreak. The plot, though, is a run-of-the-mill love triangle, yet it is exquisitely executed. It depicts a tug of war between love and friendship between three best friends: the “awesome threesome” of Saif, Deepika Padukone, and newbie Diana Penty. Mostly, the movie reeks of fluff, superficial narrative and proves to be a typical Bollywood masala although shot beautifully in London’s best locales. However, not all masala movies manage to capture attention, and ‘Cocktail’ surely isn’t one of them. It didn’t fail to impress. The hard work, the power, put in by everyone associated all came across as intended. Gautam Kapoor (Saif Ali Khan) is in his early 30s, wears his heart on his sleeves, stays away from commitment and is a typical vagabond kind. And, very importantly, throughout the movie it’s not established as to what exactly does a guy of his age is doing for a living. The fist few minutes of the film that focus on Gautam get redundant as the character gets annoying with his trying-to-impress-every-girl-he-sees antics. He also has a joru-ka-ghulam maama (Boman Irani) with his firangi wife, who hardly matter in the movie. Veronica (Deepika Padukone) is a wild, sexy, independent, high-spirited fashion photographer, who loves having a ball and enjoying every bit of life. She’s a carefree, cheerful, blunt girl, yet soft, emotional, and lovelorn. Deepika’s styling and wardrobe have just added more ooze to her character, which she completely does justice to. Mira (Diana Penty) is a typical soft, quite, Indian girl, who’s come to London for the first time searching of her husband (Randeep Hooda) who apparently abandoned her a short while after their marriage in India. However, when she does find him, he tells her they got married for a purpose, which they have achieved and they need not live together anymore .Mulberry Alexa. This devastates Mira, and while she’s distressed, she stumbles upon Veronica, who, without wasting a single moment, talks Mira into sharing her apartment, which Mira agrees to after a little “No, I can’t do that” formality required of her character. The two bond well and end up becoming best of friends. One fine day, Mira – who seems to have forgotten her woes – and Veronica bump into Gautam, and the latter two just hit it off. Gautam moves into Veronica’s apartment, and while Mira doesn’t appreciate Gautam’s presence initially, she starts getting used to him and the three end up becoming best friends. They have the time of their lives, party hard, live under one roof, and are an epitome of a perfect life. Until, the unpredictable happens: love! The first half of the movie ends with Gautam and Mira falling for each other, courtesy the former’s typical North Indian, conventional mother (Dimple Kapadia). The second half is a cocktail of emotions: love, confusion, sacrifice, possessiveness, ups and downs. A little dragged and banal, however, it manages to retain attention till the end. Suffice to say, true love wins but so does friendship. And as the Spice Girls had said, “Friendship Never Ends”. This is what makes the movie worth watching. Saif and Deepika pair up for the third time in ‘Cocktail’, after ‘Aarakshan’ and ‘Love Aaj Kal’, and the chemistry and comfort between the two is evident. Saif sadly fails to make a mark, while Deepika shines in the entire movie. It would be safe to say that Deepika is the protagonist of the film and carries it on her (mostly bare) shoulders. She has given an outstanding performance. ‘Cocktail’ could very well be touted as Deepika’s best so far. Diana Penty does fairly well for a newcomer, and convincingly portrays her emotional character .Mulberry Holdalls. Dimple still looks fresh and radiant, very effortlessly playing her part. The powerhouse of an actor, Boman Irani, has sadly been wasted. His presence wasn’t required and could have been done without. All characters from Deepika to Dimple to Saif to Boman also render some comic touch to the movie. Pritam’s music is truly splendid. From the catchy upbeat “Tumhi Ho Bandhu”, “Tera Naam Japhdi Phiraan”, “Secondhand Jawani”, to Arif Lohar’s recreated version of “Jugni”, the music takes the movie along, and is an added advantage for the film. The impressive cinematography and exotic locations of London and South Africa makes one thank Yash Chopra for introducing the trend, and give the movie a very international feel. Moreover, the colourful, hip and sexy wardrobe totally compliments the characters. Altogether, the movie is pretty watchable. It’s intense, it’s funny, it’s young, it’s hip and it has great music. Perfect recipe for a masala entertainer.

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