It’s a brightly glossy flick which also has Randeep Hooda, Dimple Kapadia and Boman Irani in key roles.
STORY- As the name suggests, the film is a cocktail of relationship between three good friends. Cocktail is based on a triangular love story that revolves around Gautham Khanna (Saif Ali Khan), Veronica D`Costa (Deepika Padukone) and Meera Gupta (Diana Penty).
Armed with a marriage certificate, angelic orphan Meera (Diana Penty) comes to big bad London and finds herself stranded after her husband disowns her. Instead of taking the first return flight, she decides to hang back and live with Veronica (Deepika Padukone), a frequently drunk party girl she meets in a restroom. They then meet Gautam (Saif Ali Khan) and the three star living together.. The story takes a twist when cupid strikes and they start liking each other. Who falls in love with whom and who marries whom in the end is what forms the rest of the story.
DIRECTION- Although most of the movie looks good and feels good, what it lacks in a good script. Homi Adajania tries to give the film a lift but cannot really do much apart from a few well-shot scenes here and there. The story is too predictable and mediocre.
PROS AND CONS- Saif, Deepika and Diana camaraderie makes for a reasonably enjoyable first half however it takes a more serious turn in the second half. What follows is a typical triangular drama that has been a Bollywood staple through the last two decades. Parts remind you of Tarun Mansukhani’s ‘Dostana’ and parts of Imtiaz Ali’s ‘Love Aaj Kal’.
ACTING – Saif Ali Khan’s casanova image suits him but at times he goes over the top in shots trying hard to look young. Deepika Padukone struts around looking like a million bucks, but every time she has a dialogue, she kills it. The dazzling Diana is refreshingly natural as the simple girl.
Dimple Kapadia plays the perfect Punjabi mom while Boman Irani does complete justice to his character. Randeep Hooda makes a decent cameo.
MUSIC – Pritam’s music is charged and chartbusting. While tum hi ho bandhu and daaru desi are right on top; yaariyan and jugni are stirring and soulful.
VERDICT- Watch Cocktail with a bunch of friends after sipping a cocktail. An average and clichéd love triangle Bollywood movie, we at Bollywoodbackstage give cocktail 3 stars on 5.