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By Gitanjali Chak Email By Gitanjali Chak
September 2012


Starring: Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, Diana Penty
Producer: Saif Ali Khan
Director: Homi Adajania
Music Director: Pritam

Cocktail, with its very contemporary appeal and mélange of emotions, is an easy watch. Though it has the ‘done to death’ theme of love triangle at its heart, the movie does have a fresh feel to it. It helps that it is directed by Homi Adajania of Being Cyrus fame. He cuts out on the melodrama and keeps it subtle and crisp till the end, when emotions go ballistic. Despite its flaws—the pacing in the second half is lethargic and the story seems overstretched—Cocktail keeps you entertained.

The story is about three friends: the compulsive flirt, Gautam (Saif Ali Khan), the rich and wild girl, Veronica (Deepika Padukone), and the girl-next-door, Meera (Diana Penty). Gautam goes for a ‘no strings attached’ torrid relationship with Veronica, but falls in love with Meera. By then, Veronica has realized she has deep feelings for Gautam. Who does Gautam eventually marry?

Saif Ali Khan is in his comfort zone here, playing the uber-cool flirtatious rogue to the hilt. Model-turned-actress Diana Penty makes an impressive debut, infusing her character with a quiet poise. But it is Deepika Padukone who comes up with the most striking performance, getting into the skin of her character of the emotionally raw and needy poor little rich girl, with a passionate intensity. This is easily Deepika’s best performance till now. The fabulous Dimple Kapadia as Saif’s mom is immensely likeable.

The cinematography is picture perfect and the music is peppy.

So treat yourself to this Cocktail. You’ll enjoy its fizz.

1. Mashallah (Ek Tha Tiger)
2. Tumhi Ho Bandhu (Cocktail)
3. Abhi Abhi (Jism 2)
4. Keh Ke Lunga (Gangs of Wasseypur)
5. Chinta Ta Ta Chita Chita (Rowdy Rathore)
6. Shirt Da Button (Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum)
7. Paani Da Rang (Vicky Donor)
8. Mukhtasar (Teri Meri Kahaani)
9. Ferrari Ki Sawari (Ferrari Ki Sawari)
10. Kaafir Andhere (Shirin Farhad Ki To Nikal Padi)


1. Cocktail
2. Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum
3. Gangs of Wasseypur
4. Bol Bachchan
5. Jism 2
6. Rowdy Rathore
7. Ferrari Ki Sawari
8. Jannat 2
9. The Dirty Picture


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