Cocktail Reviews

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Ali S.
Super Reviewer
½ July 16, 2012
A great entertainer and a certain winner among the youth. The story lacks penetration but the actors do an OUTSTANDING job of not making us know that.

Deepika Padukone is fantastic as Veronica while Saif Ali Khan does very well as Gautam. Diana is great (if considering that its her first film).

All in all its a great film, full laughs and love. Could have been a little shorter and certainly could have had a more dramatic ending (with the story that was being told in the 1st half) but it is still is a great entertainer and decent enough love story after long, long time (since Jab We Met).
March 9, 2015
This is a movie that is exactly what it is advertised to be. It is a very hilarious and dramatic story about three strangers that end up living together. There is a great ending that all rom-com fans will enjoy.
May 16, 2013
If you're expecting a lovestory, the movies lousy, its more of a friendship ....LOVED Veronica
October 14, 2012
expectations were high from this but it let me down. it's a noisy and very little charminguish.
October 29, 2012
id rather have a mocktail!
October 27, 2012
Has strong first half and a weak second half.
July 28, 2012
As the name suggests the movie was a cocktail. A cocktail of various things that can happen in Love Triangle/Love story. Wasn't really a new idea but the way it was picturised was bit fresh. The film was quite predicatble at some places. Everyone played their part well. Diana Penty was one to watch as it was her debut. Overall the film was quite predictable but entertaining.
September 26, 2012
Cocktail is good in various departments but imtiaz ali's mashed up story keeps director in limits...otherwise is a good entertainer.
September 24, 2012
Cocktail - CATCH IT (B)
From promos Cocktail looked like something really out of the box or fresh but sadly it's just another story about 2 best friends falling for the same Casanova guy. Now the only thing made this movie different from the previous movies was the brilliant performance and confidence of Deepika Padakone, this woman was amazing and literally stole the show with her brilliant performance. She deserves all the accolades, as she brought this sympathy into audience's hearts towards the party girls. That even though they are bold, and do crazy stuff it doesn't mean that they don't have heart or don't want simple things in life.
On the other hand Saif Ali Khan as Casanova was irritating. He has the looks but c'mon his cheesy dialogues and pickup lines were just too cheap to ignore. New girl Diana Penty makes a good impression. The music of the movie is really good.
In the end, it's a typical movie with nothing new but still enjoyable and a must see for Deepika's Performance.
September 17, 2012
The story revolves around three friends " Gautam (Saif Ali Khan), Deepika Padukone (Veronica) and Diana Penty (Meera). Gautam has a crush over Veronica and the feeling is mutual. However, he falls for Meera. Now what does she do?

The movie can be associated with a couple of proverbs like "too many cooks spoil the broth"and "two's company, three's a crowd". Cocktail by Homi Adjania takes various portions of our lives and puts them into a story which takes place in the beautiful cities of London, New Delhi and Cape Town. The movie revolves around the lives of three friends who have settled in the United Kingdom, their funny moments and their emotional turmoil.

Gautam, Veronica and Meera find themselves enjoying the company of each other and their bonding seems to be perfect. Gautam is a flirt by nature; Veronica is a spoilt rich brat while Meera is a simple middle class Indian girl. Initially we see Veronica and Gautam engaged in a non-committal relationship. There are many elements of laughter revolving around this relationship. Meera, Veronica's best pal, is content to be a part of the gang although she makes it a point not to interfere in Veronica and Gautam's bizarre relationship.

The script by Imtiaz Ali is great in parts. During the first half of the movie, there are many light hearted moments and great comic relief. The songs by Pritam seem to take the audience straight into party mode. However, during some scenes where the actors are having a conversation, there seems to be a disconnect somewhere. This leads to a somewhat fall in the overall tempo of the movie.

The chemistry amongst the group has been captured beautifully. The relationship between Meera and Veronica is realistic and sometimes compels one to think. The relationship between Veronica and Gautam can seem to be a bit bizarre at times while the love between Gautam and Meera could have been explored a bit more. That particular chemistry that we see between the lead pairs in all of Imtiaz Ali movies like "Jab We Met" and "Love Aaj Kal" seems to be superficial when we talk about Gautam and Meera. Despite all these minor flaws, the movie still will score as the youth of today will see a part of themselves in all the three characters. They will relate themselves to the characters in the movie and that is the plus point of Cocktail.

The film shifts into serious mode when Mr. Cupid strikes. Friendship is overshadowed by love. The film then takes the route of a distinctive Bollywood love triangle which has become the time tested path for many directors and producers of Hindi films to trod on over the years. There are many positives to take away from the movie. The lead actors have all excelled in their characters. Saif plays the role of a modern day Casanova with elegance. We actually love when we see the flirtatious side of him. Deepika Padukone is the pick of the lot. This movie may be a turning point for her as this is probably her best performance since her debut. She perfectly portrays the character of a rich spoilt, bitchy brat. She looks beautiful throughout the movie as well. Diana Penty, making her Bollywood debut, was good though she needs to polish up her act if she wants to survive.

The other characters in the movie have been done complete justice. Dimple Kapadia, who plays Saif's mother, is excellent as the loud desi woman. Boman Irani, essaying the role of Saif's father, is excellent as usual. The music by Pritam is already scorching the charts. The dialogues are funny and have some outrageous one-liners. All in all, the movie should be praised for introducing the free-spirited Gen-Next era to Bollywood " an era where everyone can relate themselves to the characters in the movie.
½ July 14, 2012
COCKTAIL may not be similar to LOVE AAJ KAL but does have some resemblances. Its more like a bad version of Love Aaj kal.
It could have been a little more better. The movie starts off with an impressive first-half having its fun moments and builds a good interest among the spectators. The second-half looked story-less...Saif Ali Khan gives a good funny side to this otherwise boring film with the same regular bollywood story! The screenplay and the sound department didn't really help to keep the spectators interested for the whole movie ! Few of the scenes had no sound effects , No background music for the emotional scenes. A good debut by Diana Penty who plays the role of Meera- The perfect Indian bride very well. Also no one could have played the role of Veronica better than Deepika Padukone. All in all the movie dint live up to the expectations and could have been a little better .
September 15, 2012
at times the movie becomes so sad...really touch me
½ August 28, 2012
Very Good Acting and Superb Music. Nice Film...
August 21, 2012
An unusually impressive love story. First half ul feel to laugh out for the humor & then comes the second half, which makes u to feel the sorrow up to the level that u enjoyed the humor in the first half. Splendid..............
July 31, 2012
A good movie with distinct individual taste & texture of characters with the dash of misunderstandings, humour, Love & friendship. And what you get is sweet n sour Cocktail.
July 29, 2012
not that much intersting...
½ July 29, 2012
If u can manage to sit through most of the 1st half then u might just like the film..It could have been much better though,with good dialogues!..the girls have acted well,its saif who is unbearable at times..good story...
July 25, 2012
A 2012 Kuch Kuch Hota hai.
July 25, 2012
This is possibly one of the worst productions of modern day Bollywood. The director seems to be making strenuous attempts to display lives of urban Indians, but its becomes almost immediately clear that he knows nothing of the subject. The protagonist, Veronica, is a femme fatal for the first half of the movie, but the second half invariably brings in as much moral indictment of her character as the director could possible pack in. She is disrespected by her boyfriend's mother to an extreme but doesn't mind, since suddenly her low sense of self-esteem is to blame for her 'immoral conduct'. Veronica's boyfriend, an oblivious playboy just looking to have a good time, of course on cue falls for a good, virtuous Indian girl that Veronica is helping get back on her feet. This girl happily accepts his advances and reciprocates his feelings - the director then tries to infuse pity for this girl in the eyes of the viewer despite the fact that she cheats with her best friend/ care-giver's boyfriend. Why should we feel sorry for this woman? Not because she's an honest woman, but because she unlike Veronica is docile and morally intact i.e. a virgin.

This is possibly the saddest depiction of the Madonna-Ho complex that is so deeply embedded in the Indian psyche. The man sleeps with the immoral ho and marries the virginal Madonna- a sad commentary on Indian society's ethics. The movie advocates bigotry and whatever the director believes 'Indian morality' consists of - a very sad and limiting belief indeed. In this attempt, unfortunately, ethics are forgotten. I am an Indian and am highly disappointed in this erroneous portrayal of my society. This heinousness promoted this review.
½ July 23, 2012
Story by Imtiaz Ali has characters which are extension of his earlier hit with Saif "Love Aajkal". The characters are confused as to what is love what is friendship. The best scene in the film is when Saif coolly confesses his love to Diana. and Deepika's reaction is so what let us party. It is only in the Party that she realizes what has gone. Wrong. The best of the script is that it is not over-dramatized which Hindi film usually do. Second half story moves at snails pace. But still unlike Hindi film end the climax is satisfying since it deals only with the important characters and does not go into all the characters as usually Hindi scripts writers end up doing ON the whole a good film to watch
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