Director: Homi Adajania
Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, Diana Penty, Boman Irani, Dimple Kapadia, Randeep Hooda
Cocktail is very openly regressive in the 2nd half. It pretty much says you have to dress the Indian way, cook, pray and take care of your guy if you want to marry the man. It even shows Veronica praying like Meera. Inspite of a lot of issues the movie is still likable.
The movie should have never been set abroad. I think it would have worked much better if it was set in India. Software Engineer going around flirting and having flings right from the flight – yes this is what our desi software engineers usually do. He is even hitting on his boss in a company meeting. Imtiaz Ali once again shows that he knows jack about how they work in companies.
Deepika takes a British woman’s hand and places it on her womb and says “it is his bun in the oven” and the women reacts in a way a typical old Indian woman would. I think that scene was written with a Indian setting and in Hindi and then translated into English. Imagine Deepika going to Saif and telling that cliched line “Mere Pet Mein Tumhara Bachcha Pal Raha Hai” by placing some old Indian woman’s hands on her womb.
Diana comes to London to meet her husband but he does not show up. Now why does he even invite her to UK if it was a sham marriage? And the mother shows up for a few days and they all go to Cape Town, South Africa from London. Why? Because the producer had enough money and wanted to shoot in Cape Town.
The movie is also very Love Aaj Kal-ish in second half.
Saif is good in some emotional scenes but very annoying in a lot of other scenes because he clearly looks too old for the part. They try to pass him off as a 32 year old but he looks more like a 40 year old. He seens so wannabe when he is trying to be cool like a fresh out of college grad. There is a stupid scene where he keeps talking in Hindi to a some British girl and another where a drunk Saif keeps screaming while a lady is singing.
Diana is technically the main female lead – she has a bigger role lengthwise too. She looks very pretty and has acted really well especially for her first movie.
As the already established star, Deepika could have easily gone for Diana’s role but she chooses the more challenging acting part. She acts very well but her accent is nothing like that of a girl who is living for quite some time or was probably born in UK. Accent wise Katrina would have been better. But she is absolutely brilliant in one scene – the scene where she is drunk and breaks down.
Deepika’s character seems very easy going and carefree type on the surface but the breakdown scene reveals that the devil may care attitude is all a pretense of hiding her hurt. She is hurting beneath that her parents dont really care for her. She is hurting that the person she trusted most – the one whom she considered her best friend and more than family betrayed her. Diana’s character has self doubts because she was rejected by her husband. So the characters have layers – their own insecurities.
Boman Irani is quite annoying. Dimple is good in a brief cameo. Randeep has a brief part too.
The first half is pretty entertaining even with some of the above mentioned issues and bad jokes. The pace drags a bit in the second half because of the drama but it is still not bad. All the songs are very good. Instead of harping on the Indianness or lack of it the movie should have made it more a case of guy falling for the best friend.Tags: Boman Irani Cocktail Deepika Padukone Diana Penty Dimple Kapadia Homi Adajania Member Reviews Randeep Hooda Reviews Saif Ali Khan