Cocktail (2012) WBRi Hindi Movie Review: Adajania Delivers Winner With Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone & Newcomer Diana Penty

Bollywood Movie Cocktail 2012 Saif Ali Khan Deepika Padukone Diana Penty

Kolkata, July 14, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) For the audience, the term "Cocktail" might refer to a cocktail of fun and fulfillment, a cocktail of life, troubles and enjoyment, or might be a cocktail of desi values, conflicts and confusions in a foreign land. At the theatres however, whatever might have been your perception, this Homi Adajania flick promises to give you a real good time, providing a fresh range of variations in emotional ups and downs, blended with groovy music in vibrant notes.

Daru Desi: Official Video Song from Cocktail (Hindi, 2012)

Meera (Diana Penty) is a reserved girl with Indian values who, after being deceived by her spouse Kunal Ahuja (Randeep Hooda) comes to London for a fresh start to life. With bitter memories of childhood, Veronica (Deepika Padukone) is the spoilt bombshell who loves to drink, party hard and do anything that distracts her mind from facing serious issues. Despite being poles apart, destiny brings the two girls together, transforming them into very close and loyal friends. Gautam (Saif Ali Khan), a Casanova staying in London, enters their life and the three develop a strong bond. Respecting and accepting each other’s differences, they become perfect friends, staying under one roof until their friendship becomes confusing, and complicated. What makes the smooth sides of this equilateral triangle fall apart? If it is for Gautam that the ladies start skipping their heart beats, who finally gets the green card? Does losing (sacrifice?) out in love throw one of the already troubled lady into some serious trauma? Get in the theatres, relax and drink in the daaru desi frames - you will be amazed how they will drive you smoothly to the answers you seek.

Imran Khan had been the original choice for the role of Gautam Khanna in Cocktail. While it is difficult to conjecture whether Imran would have been able to do justice to the character, Saif Ali Khan definitely fits in the role beautifully. He has brought so much energy, fun and charisma to the role that viewers might just end up thanking Imran for leaving it to the perfect 'Gautam' - Saif. However, Saif fans might find his character in Cocktail rather similar to those in Salaam-Namaste or Love Aaj Kal.

It is nice to see the tall, beautiful and very feminine Deepika playing the wild and carefree child-woman. She accepts the challenges of her rather complex role and comes out all smiles, triumphing as the impulsive, extrovert and full-of-life Veronica.

Playing Meera, model Diana Penty makes her debut in Bollywood. She is picture perfect and the camera definitely loves her. Despite some stiffness in dialog delivery, she shows promise that she has the potential to last in the Hindi film industry.

Randeep Hooda plays the scheming husband of Meera. The model turned actor acts cool and looks even cooler being paired with Diana. Even after several years in Bollywood, the actor still has miles to go to set a benchmark for himself as an actor of note. In Cocktail too, Hooda’s performance could have been better.

Dimple Kapadia and Boman Irani grace this Illuminati Films (Saif Ali Khan’s production house) presentation as Nita Khanna and Randhir Khanna respectively. Unsurprisingly, they deliver just what is expected from artists of their grand caliber.

Music is perhaps the strongest point of Cocktail. Tum hi ho bandhu, by Neeraj Sridhar and Kavita Sheth, and Daaru Desi, by Benny Dayal and Shalmali Kholgade have already made raves all over. The other numbers in the movie are also composed in a catchy manner by Pritam. Incidentally, a popular Pakistani number, Jugni, and a hit Punjabi number have also been used in the movie.

Cocktail also benefits from quite amazing camera work and editing. Cinematographer Anil Mehta gets full mark for capturing and conveying the colors of each of the vibrant moods beautifully. Script, by Imtiaz Ali, is sleek and stylish too.

Director Homi Adajania definitely deserves appreciation for this fresh, cool and contemporary flick. Viewers, in particular the youngsters, would simply lap Cocktail up!

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