Love stories can be said as the most favorite subject of Bhaaratiya cinema (in whatever language it may be). No one can portray love as Bhaaratiya directors do on silver-screen. The writers/directors like Imtiaz Ali seem to be in love with the concept of love only.
Having films like Jab we Mate, Love Aaj Kal etc. in the bag, it was quite obvious for the audiences to be excited about Ali’s latest venture Cocktail. Though directed by Homi Adjania (Bing Cyrus fame), the film has a strong impression of Imtiaz Ali school, who happens to be the writer of this movie.
Gautam (Saif Ali Khan) is a big-time flirt software engineer, Veronica (Deepika Padukone) is an individual yet bigdi hui kind of party animal girl & Meera (Diana Penty) is an introvert, traditional Bhaaratiya girl suffered from her marriage. They happen to live under the same roof sharing a great friendship. Gautam & Veronica share a no-strings-attached relationship with each other & one fine day Gautam & Meera realize that they are falling for each other. Now what kind of change this awesome-threesome relationship brings in their lives is the story of Cocktail.
Saif Ali Khan acts well in the role of Gautam. The problem is that his on-screen character just does not suit his personality. I mean even on-screen he does not look like a guy for whom every next girl falls. Surprisingly, Deepika acts with more maturity than him. And what should I say about the cute, charming, sweet Diana Penty! Her screen-presence is very good. Even everyone acted well including Boman Irani, Randeep Hooda & Dimple Kapadia (they all have small roles in the film).
Yes the film has its own moments but you don’t find any novelty in the plot. The same Imtiaz Ali type of relationship with the same mess. Especially those who’ve seen Love Aaj Kal will surely find similarities in the story. And the main thing is “the end” because all the time you go through the relationship v/s friendship problem, Deepika’s non-acceptance, Saif becoming sandwich, Diana’s traditional Bhaaratiya sacrifice & suddenly it all ends. Deepika behaves contradictory to her character & Randeep behaves like human, all this leading towards a filmy end. One thinks that if all this was so simple then why the hell they were pretending to be in a big trouble! It is simply not acceptable as you have shown us a very mature cinema for nearly two & a half hour but the last three minutes take it all.
On the other side, Pritam’s music is unexpectedly good. So does the background score of Salim-Sulaiman. To cut it short, I must say technically, the movie is superb & if you like to have an old thing in new wrapper with an icing of light-humor the movie is good for you. Even this is a movie, you can’t hate or like in totality – this makes it worth a watch. So the choice is all yours!