Movie Review: ‘Cocktail’ (*** Three Star)

( By Akshat Sharma) This week’s Bollywood release ‘Cocktail’ is a film which is distinct in many ways. It looks fresh, it looks urban and even unconventional in some ways.  The story revolves around three individuals who come together and share things between them. In natural progression things complicate and the movie is no exception.

Director Homi Adajania’s first movie ‘Being Cyrus’ was well received both by the audience and the critics. It was called off-beat by critics but ‘Cockltail’ is very much a mainstream Bollywood flick. Ably supported by actors like Deepika Padukone, Saif Ali Khan and Diana Penty, Homi has managed to deliver a good entertaining movie.

Opening in London the movie introduces Meera (Diana Penty), who is looking for her missing husband Rahul (Randeep Hooda). Rahul is a selfish guy who uses and abuses beautiful Diana. Taking away all her valuables he leaves her alone on the streets of London.  Enter Veronica ( Deepika Padukone)  who lives her life on her own terms. When she finds Meera she takes her in her wings without a second thought.

Elusive Gautam (Saif)  is a student of creepy seduction but then in Bollywood movies even cheesy pick up lines could get you hitched. He meets Meera and Veronica and become such a good friend that they all start living together. Veronica and Gautam hook up with each other but Meera also harbours emotions for Gautam. Lucky Bast**d!

It was in South Africa where this confusion gives way to complication and then begins the drama. All three protagonists try to figure out what is going on. This roller coaster is typical Bollywood fare but the director has given a fresh treatment to it.

Deepika Padukone has delivered an outstanding performance in her role of Veronica.  Her role of a fun loving girl who is sensitive deep down in her heart is well written and Deepika has done justice to the role.

Diana Penty looks stunning on screen but she lacks confidence and skills of an actor. She needs to work hard in acting department if she wants to make it big in Tinsel Town. Saif has done his bits but it seems he is repeating himself. It is time he comes out of his ‘ Urban lover boy mould’. His onscreen chemistry with Deepika works in his favour.

Music of the movie is composed by Pritam. Almost all numbers are peppy and picturised tastefully by the director. Songs like ‘Second Hand Jawani’ and ‘Tumhi Ho Bandhu’ deserves special mention as they catch the imagination of the audience.

So this weekend if you looking for fun filled three hours of entertainment then ‘Cocktail’ should be given a shot.

Deepika Padukone Was Conscious About Her Looks In ‘Cocktail’

New Delhi: (PTI) Deepika Padukone is making heads turn with her bold outfits and svelte figure in upcoming film ‘Cocktail’ but the actress says she had to work hard to achieve the look. The rom-com which also stars Saif Ali Khan and debuante Diana Penty is already creating a lot of buzz amongst the audience thanks to the films`s fresh look and good music.

Deepika says she did not mind wearing the bikini and skimpy outfits for the film. “It wasn`t a cakewalk for me to just get into a shirt and call for action. I had to spend time to got myself in a great shape and also develop such a body language that it all looked casual rather than forced. Today audience is smart; the moment you try to fake something, they catch you,” Deepika told PTI.

The 26-year-old plays the role of a rich brat, Veronica, in the film and the actress says she did everything to make sure that she lived up to the standards of the character. “I knew that if I had chosen to play Veronica, I had to be super confident about the clothes. The only thing I was conscious about was looking my best and not about doing what I did,” Deepika said.

The movie which is directed by Homi Adjania is written by Imtiaz Ali, with whom Deepika has worked before in ‘Love Aaj Kal’ opposite Saif. The actress feels Imtiaz writes strong parts for his leading ladies and she trusted his character of Veronica in the movie.

“Imtiaz knows a thing or two about writing strong parts for his leading ladies. Whether it is a part written for Kareena (Jab We Met), Nargis (Rockstar) or I (Love Aaj Kal, Cocktail), they have all been really solid and meaty. Same was the case with Veronica. “What further helped in executing Imtiaz`s vision was Homi (Adajania) taking over as a director. He treated Imtiaz`s script as his own baby and took a good script to an entirely different level,” she added.

Deepika, who is working with Saif for the third time and will soon be seen opposite him in ‘Race 2’, said she cannot express in words the kind of chemistry she shares with the actor.”I think one of the biggest reasons why people see a lot of chemistry between the two of us is due to the kind of films that we have done. Whether it is `Love Aaj Kal` or now `Cocktail`, what has stood out is the fact that these have been the kind of love stories that audience can relate to.

“The moment you start relating to the character, the chemistry starts seeming all the more palpable. Other than that I think it is all intangible and you can`t really express the chemistry in mere words,” she added.

‘Cocktail’ will hit the theatres this Friday.

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Deepika Dons Red Bikini In ‘Cocktail’

Deepika in ‘Cocktail’

Actress Deepika Padukone has donned in a skimpy red bikini in her upcoming movie ‘Cocktail’. The first look of the movie was released at the midnight on Sunday. Deepika is not known for flaunting her figure in bikinis therefore her decision to do so is quite surprising for cine goers.

When ‘Filmi Files’asked cinegoers in Delhi about Deepika’s decision Abhishek Singh, 26 was quick to react ‘ She is a bomb and good things come in small packages!’ Girlz in Delhi did not share such enthusiasm and Neha Kakkad in her response said, “Deepika is a fabulous actor and she gets the attention without resorting to such antics”

Deepika Padukone plays a character named Veronica in the movie who lives her moment to the maximum in true ‘Ice- Spice ‘ style.

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First Look: Trailer for ‘Cocktail’ Released

After the ‘Agent Vinod’s  terrible performance at the box office actor producer Saif Ali Khan is gearing up for his next release ‘Cocktail’ under his banner Illuminati Films. He  is paired with Deepika Padukone in this film and this is their third movie together after ‘Love Aaj Kal’ and ‘Arakshan’. New-comer Diana Penty is also in the cast to play an interesting role.

The trailer for ‘Cocktail’ has been released online and it gives an impression that the movie is a romcom with an interesting dimension of friendship. Directed by Homi Adajania ‘Cocktail’ could be the movie which Saif Ali Khan could be looking for to erase the bad memories of ‘Agent Vinod’. Take a look at the trailer for ‘Cocktail’