If you put three different people under one roof, throw in some fun, drama and lend a touch of romance to the plot- what you get is a savory mix of a ‘Cocktail’ which is worth every buck you spent to relish it.
Yes, that is what Homi Adajania’s newest work is all about. Post his previous off-beat venture ‘Being Cyrus’ that got massive critical acclaim, the man has hit the nail on its head once again with the flick that stars Deepika Padukone, Saif Ali Khan and young turk Diana Penty.
So here we are introduced to the tamed Meera (played by Diana Penty), who lands up in the city of London to meet her husband Rahul (played by Randeep Hooda). To her utter dismay, Rahul ruthlessly turns her away after conning her off all her money and leaves her on the street without a roof in an alien land. She chances upon spoilt, rich bitch Veronica who parties hard, drinks like a fish but has a heart of gold. She pities Meera and takes her under her shelter and soon they become the best of friends.
Enter Gautam (played by Saif), who flirts with every hot chick in the town with his cheesy one liners. Chances bring the three main protagonists together under the same roof as Veronica and Gautam start a casual fling without any commitment. However, things take a U-turn when Gautam and Meera fall for each other on a serious note during their South Africa holiday while Veronica realises that Gautam is THE man she must settle down with. Then what begins is a roller coaster ride of emotions, drama and fallouts amidst the trio.
Going by Deepika Padukone’s performance, this is one of her best so far. She hits the bulls eye with her portrayal of Veronica. Deepika manages to highlight the intricacies of the psyche of a woman who has had a troubled childhood, which propelled her to seek refuge in alcohol and hard core partying.
Saif too has his own moments in the movie such as the one in which he hilariously dances wearing lingerie and make up and gets caught by his mother (played by Dimple Kapadia) during his live performance.
On the other hand, Diana Penty looks fresh as a daisy on screen but needs to polish her acting skills a tad more if she intends to survive the rat race.
For those who have loved Saif and Deepika’s ‘Love Aajkal’, ‘Cocktail’ will not disappoint you as it has some shades of the former. The storyline of the movie is gripping and will keep you hooked and booked.
Talking about the songs, they are as foot tapping as they could get. “Tumhi Ho Bandhu” deserves a special mention here as it will make you get up from your seats and shake a leg as the song is played on the big screen. The locations of the movie are eye catching and the styling of the actors is in sync with their onscreen characters.
Final verdict: ‘Cocktail’ is worth a try!
Rating: Three cheers for this one!
First Published: Friday, July 13, 2012, 17:01