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.