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Cocktail
By Joginder Tuteja, 5 Nov 2012
User Rating:3.5
MOVIE DETAILS

Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, Diana Penty, Dimple Kapadia, Boman Irani, Randeep Hooda
Director: Homi Adajania
Producer: Dinesh Vijan, Saif Ali Khan, Sunil A Lulla
Music: Pritam
Lyrics: Irshad Kamil, Amitabh Bhattacharya

THE FILM

What all can happen when Cupid strikes? Well, a lot. First and foremost, you have blood gushing all over the veins, as confessed by Saif Ali Khan who is trapped on both ends. After all, he is finding love and also falling in love. Secondly, especially when it comes to the current generation, you don't really want a 'ghisa-pita' scene in your life where accusations why around two timing and betrayal. All of this and more is deftly handled in this Homi Adajania film which boasts of some never-seen before scenes (and not really 'ghisa-pita') that make it a really enjoyable watch.

On the face of it, Cocktail may seem like a routine love story in the offering. The man (Saif Ali Khan) is charming; he has a casual relationship with a confident woman (Deepika Padukone) but finds himself falling for a petite-n-cornered beauty (Diana Penty). However it's the way writer Imtiaz Ali pens the various situations in the lives of this trio that makes all the difference. So much so that there is a point in the film when one of them even mentions enjoying an awesome threesome in as casual a tone as sharing a pizza. Is that the state of current times? Perhaps yes, perhaps no, but then it does state a big deal for sure.

This is also aided immensely by Imtiaz Ali's writing, which, just like his past few films starts on a dark note. Rockstar started with Ranbir Kapoor being arrested. Love Aaj Kal had Saif and Deepika walking away after a break up. Jab We Met had Shahid walking out of his family. Now Cocktail has one of the female protagonists being deserted by her husband in the very first 10 minutes. In a way this is a new grammar being introduced by Imtiaz where emotions flow from shock to frothy to light hearted to drama to heavy duty emotions and then (mostly) a heartwarming end. Well, Cocktail is no different.

All of this means that Cocktail turns out to be a breeze in the first half. One has to spend first 20-25 minutes to be in synch with the narrative since Homi doesn't really cut his shots in a conventional way. There is a definite Western touch to the drama as well and once you are on board with the characters, it all turns smooth. It is well established that Deepika is a live wire with a heart of gold, Saif is a charmer with a heart full of flirting and Diana is a sweet 'desi' with a heart that is paining. However you know that the course of their lives will change as this heady threesome cocktail starts throwing it's after effects.

Thankfully the after effects aren't too heavy either for the 20-25 minutes after the interval point as well. The scene setting for Saif-Deepika-Diana confrontation is brilliant and it is from this point on that Deepika takes over the proceedings completely. After showing the 'bindaas' side of her for the entire first half of the film, she comes on her own in this part of the film and demonstrates why she chose to play this part. Whether it is playing cool, feeling disgusted, getting frustrated, carrying an anger, letting go of empathy or suffering all the mixed emotions, Deepika delivers and how.

Not to mention Saif Ali Khan who, despite the talks of being oh-so-comfortable in his lover-boy avtar, is still the one who is actually responsible for all the humour in the narrative. He does bring in variations to his regular 'live life carefree and enjoy the times' attitude and never fails to entertain right through the proceedings. Of course his camaraderie with Deepika is there to be seen, right from the opening scene in London to the last shot in Delhi, hence making it apparent that together they would be seen all over again.

As for Diana, she makes a very good debut in a complex role where she has as much screen time as Deepika and gets to sink her teeth into numerous scenes that are written just for her character. She mouths her dialogues well, looks pretty and emotes well. Rest assured, she is here to say. On the other hand Boman Irani, Dimple Kapadia and Randeep Hooda shine in their brief roles.

Anything that makes one feel a little restless? Well, those 20-25 minutes in the middle of the second half, though important to the film, are way too long drawn and get out and out dramatic (and even dark at times). As many as three songs by Pritam follow one after another and though they are tuneful (in fact the ones that come in the first half are the film's strength), one just feels that on paper itself this portion of the film could have been pruned. Moreover there is also ambiguity around Randeep's character. Why does he suddenly want to be back with Diana? What was that hand injury all about? Why did he have his nose broken? And why did Diana walk out on him in a rush?

DURATION

The film's duration is 139 minutes

SPECIAL FEATURES

- Behind the Scenes
- Deleted Scenes
- Outtakes & Bloopers
- Making of songs (Tumhi ho Bandhu, Daru Desi, Second Hand Jawaani)
- Photo Album

The 'behind the scenes' and 'making of songs' segment is as much fun as the film itself. That's mainly because there is absolutely nothing clich├ęd or routine about the way the cast, director or the producer (Dinesh Vijan) introduce their film. It's all kept fun-n-frolic with the joke being on quintessential Bollywood way of cutting their 'making' segment. Here it is clear that the idea was not to go by the conventional way of talking about the characters but instead bring audience on board amidst all the fun that the team must have had during the actual filming of Cocktail. Watch it, it is indeed funny!

What further adds on to all the fun is a series of outtakes and bloopers. They are genuine enough and bring on the laughs right through their duration. The 'deleted' scenes, most of them featuring Saif himself, aren't any great shakes and though they do bring on an occasional smile, one can well imagine these only ending up increasing the length of the film which was anyways reasonably long drawn enough.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

- 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen Presentation
- Subtitles - English & Arabic
- Dolby Digital 5.1 and Stereo

PRICE

Rs. 299/=

CONCLUSION

Nevertheless, what strikes most about Cocktail is the sheer freshness that it brings in. Whether it is the shot execution, dialogues, situations, scene placement or the way characters handle situations (well, at least for most part of the film), you can pretty much make out that here is a team which is trying to make a difference. Ok, so it won't be fair to say that there is an envelope being pushed to a major degree. After all, despite having subtle references to Vicky Christina Barcelona at a few places it doesn't really go all the way. Still, in a frothy feel good structure that Cocktail boasts of, it does try to bring in something new.

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