I loved the promos,
I loved the songs,
I loved the look,
how was the film?
A tale that is built up nicely, only to be ruined by an overstretched, unnecessary climax.
At the outset, let me clear one thing. There is nothing unbelievably novel about Cocktail but the beauty of the film lies in the authenticity of the storytelling.
Set in London, Gautam (Saif) is a Don Juan of sorts, wooing women with his cheesy one-liners all the time. He comes across Meera (Diana) but eventually lands up with her friend, Veronica (Deepika).
Over the course of the film, they start living together, enjoy some great moments & Gautam realizes that he isnt sure whom he lives.
That is the premise that the film follows. What eventually happens, watch & find out.
The film starts slowly but slowly goes into overdrive as the first half of the film is a great watch. The second half has a very strong start but the curse strikes, as it eventually meanders to a long-drawn melodramatic finish.
Some parts of the film are beautifully handled, like the scene between the 3 where Saif confesses his love, his talk with his uncle & the highlight of the film, Deepikas drunken fiasco.
The music by Pritam is outstanding & maintains the mood right. Visually, Anil Mehtas lens keeps it colourful & lively.
Saif Ali Khan delivers a spirited performance that holds the film together. Dimple Kapadia & Boman too, put up a great show.
But the heart & soul of the film, in what could be called as her careers best outing, is Deepika Padukone. Shes never looked better & sets the screen on fire.
Debutant Diana Penty looks good but rarely changes her expression.
Director Homi Adajania moves miles away from Being Cyrus with an out-and-out commercial entertainer. Its remarkable how he keeps it real & doesnt try to muddle it with pointless emotions but alas, gets caught in the trap towards the end.
20 minutes shorter & it would have been a fantastic film
To sum it up, Cocktail is a one time watch. It is a great effort by a director to use the Bollywood mould in the most realistic fashion possible. If you are a Deepika fan, this ones a must watch for you.