Movie Review: Cocktail (2012)

Users Rating: [ratings] ★★★☆☆
Box Office: Hit

Cocktail follows the basic Bollywood genre-geometry of a love triangle. The good part about this one, unlike most love triangles, is that the three protagonists get to know who loves whom pretty early in the picture and the revelation isn’t stretched till the climax. However, beyond a point, the film isn’t able to use this element to its merit and falls for the regular range of spite-to-sacrifice sentiments of any triangular love story. Cocktail, basically, is the same prose with new grammar.

The story is about three friends Gautam(Saif), Veronica(Deepika) and Meera (, debuting with this film). Veronica and Meera are friends, while Gautam and Veronica, as well as Gautam and Meera, are in a sexual, no-strings-attached relationship. So obviously there has to be some strings attached in terms of emotional stiffleness and jealousy, and rivalry, and broken heart? It is only wait-and-watch till the movie releases. Deepika Padukone is looking gorgeous and have donned a bikini in the movie.

Saif Ali Khan trades the firearms of Agent Vinod for the foibles of a brash lover boy who believes that no relationship is for keeps until the heart decides otherwise. The role fits him like a glove and he makes the most of the opportunity.

As the two girls in the rigmarole, Deepika Padukone (first-rate) and debutante Diana Penty (pretty good), make a fair fist of the job of getting an array of emotions across during breaks from cavorting through the streets of London and having a good time on the beaches of Cape Town.

Cocktail has just the right mix of fizz and flavour to allow the occasional and inevitable crinkles of triteness to flow well below the surface. It is definitely worth a visit to the multiplex.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
3.5 “Go see Cocktail with your closest friends. It will definitely strengthen the bond.”
Times Of India
3.0 “COCKTAIL has a fascinating first half, charismatic performances, harmonious music and the trendy look and styling as its aces, but the second half is not as tempting or intoxicating as the first hour.”
Bollywood Hungama
3.0 “The movie has just the right mix of fizz and flavour to allow the occasional and inevitable crinkles of triteness to flow well below the surface.”
NDTV Movies
3.0 “You can’t hate a film like Cocktail nor can you love it in totality. If you’ve liked Ali’s storytelling before, there’s no harm in catching it at least once. Cheers!”
DNA India
3.0 “This one is old Cocktail in new bottle!”
Times Of India – Gaurav Malani
3.0 “As for the film – very niche, very easy on the eye and ear and a lot of the time, very fun.”
Bollywood Life
3.0 “Cocktail is colourful, fascinating and attention-grabbing. Though the movie suffers a few loopholes, but, you definitely can’t ignore the threesome magic of Saif-Dippy-Diana”
One India
Average Reviews
2.5 “Do watch Cocktail for the fresh and yuppie look it has as well as Deepika Padukone’s sizzling avatar, though expecting too much as far as the plot is concerned, might lead to disappointment.”
2.5 “Cocktail can make for a decent time-pass watch if you have the capacity to digest the cliched melodrama.”
2.5 “Cocktail is a fun movie but gets a bit marred by the dreary second half.”
2.5 “Watch it with a bunch of friends after sipping a cocktail.”
Social Dhabba
Negative Reviews
2.0 “Cocktail has a handful of moments and a few genuine sparks, but finally crashes and burns so spectacularly that it’s hard to focus on the positives.”
2.0 “Drink this cocktail if you must; but be warned, the concoction isn’t as appetizing as it looks!”
2.0 “A well-crafted, well-acted three-way urban romance that makes you long for more”
1.5 “It’s going to be the Hindi film love triangle. Except with two girls and a guy.”
Daily Bhaskar
1.5 “This cocktail fails to hit your sweet spot is because you don’t empathize with any of the characters.”
Yahoo Movies

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