Cocktail Movie Review

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Martin D'Souza By Martin D'Souza | 18 Mar 2017 15:38:37.8870000 IST


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COCKTAIL... a conglomerate of youthful happenings, a paradigm of fun-frolic, a ''feel-good'' factor happening flick that brings back the youth-friendly 'yuppie' music, is all set to make big bang in marquee. After the chartbusting musical success of LOVE AAJ KAL and moderate success of AGENT VINOD, Pritam Chakraborty makes his third consequential presence as lead composer in Saif Ali Khan's home production. Inspired by the successes of Indi-Pop bands and cross-cultural concert feel, Pritam experiments with them and tries to add more genres and styles through this album. Fuelled with magnificent opulence and bankable face value, the album already enjoys the support of urbane youth. Soundtracks like ''Tumhi Ho Bandhu'' and ''Daaru Desi'' are already a rage; all thanks to aggressive promotions...Will the album make it to the top this time? Let's find out...

Let the beach party begin! Cherubically electronic and peppery in funky tones, the first offering ''Tumhi Ho Bandhu'', a rollicking dancing track sets the mood on fire and curtains up a lively trendy music show by ever reliable Pritam. Kavita Seth's (of ''Iktara'' (WAKE UP SID) fame) breezily earthen vocals sounds noticeably bright and catalyzes up the 'pep-factor' in those shimmery feminine friendly tones. Neeraj Sridhar, a promising vocal in Pritam's fervent tracks, sings as intermittently flamboyant back-up vocal supports and gives it an added thrusting thrive. This funk-licious track is brilliant amalgam of trance and electronica rhythmical beat patterns and delivers some quality display of electronic keyboards, thumping percussive moves and distorted electronic guitar riffs. Irshad Kamil's compassionately friendly wording takes a bow to devotional Morning Prayer (''Tumhi Ho Bandhu Sakha Tumhi'' (MAIN CHUP RAHUNGI (1962)) in delivering out youthfully peppy emotions and connects well with the jovial decorum of the track. After Amit Trivedi's beautifully composed ''Iktara'' (WAKE UP SID), Kavita Seth delivers out a spectacular that should not only be a massy hit but will surely be adding to this year's finest party tracks, a much deserved DJ 'club-remix' is the only missing link in the album. Hip-Shaking!!!

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Friendship-Fraternity-Forever! Upbeat friendly tones takes intoxicating vibes in ''Daru Desi'', a guitarist friendly number that brings out a compassionate feel of 'being together' against all odds and enjoying every moment of it with great zeal. This Pritam composed track has synchronized Spanish acoustic guitar riffs that deliver an infectious signature tuneful impact that lingers-on in senses. Benny Dayal's cool and huskier tones are indeed peppy in moods, delivering out the desired carefree and considerate feel. Shalmali Kholgade, surprise factor of ''Pareshan'' (ISHAQZAADE), naive sounding have ''girlie'' campus-caper Indi-Pop binge and suits the mood to hilt. Amitabh Bhattacharya's ''happy-go-lucky'' lyrics are really poetic delight, from carrying 'timeless' motivational feel (''Waqt Bhi Sarfira Sa Lage, Bhaagta Sa Rahe Har Jage, Waqt Ko Inn Dino Sujhne Hai Lagi Dillagi...'') to light-hearted imperturbable feel (''Dhoop Ko Thaam Ke, Chal Pade Na Thake, Fursaton Mein Rahe, Kaam Ho Naam Ke, Befikar Befikar Subha Suhaani Ho Khali Ho Pal Sham Ke...''), the entire track is indeed a ''easy-on-ears'' listening delight. To sum up, Pritam delivers another winner in ''Daaru Desi'', a feel-good 'cool' musical move in the light moments of the flick and probably another chartbuster from the album. Cool!!!

From being ignited and later intoxicated with deliriously loud peppy friendly feel, mood contorts to 'blue-romantic' sensitively plucked rock-concert feel in well-versed ''Yaariyan''. It brings out an alternate rock-anthem-ic feel where the 'heart-break' is epitomized in serenely ushered vocals, sensitively played drums, caring chorals and rhythmically delivered electronic distorted guitar riffs. Mohan Kanan (lead vocalist of AGNEE) makes a soulful outcry in varying singing shades and delivers soothing meditative touches. This is one of the most notable experimentation in genre as well as in vocals that should spring positive surprises. Distressed and mournful in emotions, Mohan's excruciating voice sublimes well into the contours of alternative rock-band thrives and later connects well with Shilpa Rao's affectionately booming voice. For every listener concern, Mohan collaborated brilliantly with Pritam and Raghu Ram in delivering out a gem of performance in ''Aahatein'' (MTV Splitsville 4 theme track), a song from similar genre and league and 'Yaariyan' simply adds to the glory. ''Yaariyan (reprise)'' has soft-serene Bollywood-ish familiar musical feel as it brings back its one of its favorite diva Sunidhi Chauhan on center-stage. It has the tranquil feel of Mariah Carey's R&B/Soul tracks feel, where tender piano drills along with gentle acoustic guitar riffs forms a beautiful decorum. Arijit Singh's classical 'alaaps' in varying pitches adds to the pathos. Like ''Paani Da (female version)'' (VICKY DONOR), it carries a melodramatically profound background score feel that should work positively in challenging moments of the flick. Impressive!!!



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The other actors (read ingredients) that go into making this COCKTAIL are Dimple Kapadia, Boman Irani, Randeep Hooda and Manoj Pahwa. Pahwa is annoyingly loud, Boman tries to do his best while Dimple, I guess, is still trying to make sense of the situation she is in. As for Hooda, his last line, "Mujhe bhi kuch bolne deenga," spells out his frustration.

What's novel about the film is the scope Saif and Deepika (to an extent) get to showcase their talent. Saif is top notch as the Casanova, while Deepika shows glimpses of brilliance. This is by far her best performance. The scene where she goes out to party with Saif and Diana and then looks on with loathing at them dancing, and the camera talking (showing her in a crowd, yet all alone) takes the film to another level. Even through a scene earlier, she says, "Someone has to lose," her portrayal shows how extremely fragile she is from within despite putting on a tough exterior.

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Another scene which ups the ante is when Saif is struggling to find words to explain the peculiar situation they three are in to Deepika. He finally blurts out a simple line, "You love me, I love her," to Deepika which changes the equation of the relationship in a second.

As for Diana Penty, for a newcomer, she gets plenty of scope but has a limited range of expressions. However, overall, she does have an appeal but it will take a director of immense patience to get her to emote.

Like I said, no fizz, no punch, but a good presentation (read served well in a tall, crystal glass).

Rating - 2/5


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It's a cocktail alright, but one which lacks punch. A flat drink with no fizz and lots of salt at the rim of the glass which knocks you back with its sting.

Illuminati films churns out its third release in as many years and director Homi Adajania puts in far too many ingredients without first taking care of the base liquid that will make for a potent COCKTAIL.

The base liquid in this case is the story which is very weak. Saif Ali Khan's character is well defined, explaining him to be a flirt of the first order, chasing anything in a skirt. No issues with that. He plays that character of Gautam with aplomb.

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Deepika Padukone is this fiery character (Veronica) that downs lots of tequilas, Vodkas and anything that gives her a high. She's pub-hopping every night and one does not know why she is given special privilege at a particular pub. The DJ even goes on to say, "Veronica is in the house." Excuse me, WHO IS VERONICA? Is she a rockstar, author, actor??? Nothing. She happens to be this kid who has been dumped by her rich parents and is drowning her sorrows in alcohol and men.

But the weakest link in the whole plot is the friendship between Diana Penty and Deepika. Making her debut, Diana playing Meera, an Indian girl, comes to meet her husband in the United Kingdom. Deepika and Diana meeting in the loo of a store and their being best friends in a minute is something hard to digest. Adajania was in a hurry to cement their friendship to quickly throw in the love angle with Saif Ali Khan swinging like a pendulum between the two. You then know where the film is headed, where each scene thereafter is something you know even before it unfolds.


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The other actors (read ingredients) that go into making this COCKTAIL are Dimple Kapadia, Boman Irani, Randeep Hooda and Manoj Pahwa. Pahwa is annoyingly loud, Boman tries to do his best while Dimple, I guess, is still trying to make sense of the situation she is in. As for Hooda, his last line, "Mujhe bhi kuch bolne deenga," spells out his frustration.

What's novel about the film is the scope Saif and Deepika (to an extent) get to showcase their talent. Saif is top notch as the Casanova, while Deepika shows glimpses of brilliance. This is by far her best performance. The scene where she goes out to party with Saif and Diana and then looks on with loathing at them dancing, and the camera talking (showing her in a crowd, yet all alone) takes the film to another level. Even through a scene earlier, she says, "Someone has to lose," her portrayal shows how extremely fragile she is from within despite putting on a tough exterior.

CHECK OUT: DEEPIKA PADUKONE Interview

Another scene which ups the ante is when Saif is struggling to find words to explain the peculiar situation they three are in to Deepika. He finally blurts out a simple line, "You love me, I love her," to Deepika which changes the equation of the relationship in a second.

As for Diana Penty, for a newcomer, she gets plenty of scope but has a limited range of expressions. However, overall, she does have an appeal but it will take a director of immense patience to get her to emote.

Like I said, no fizz, no punch, but a good presentation (read served well in a tall, crystal glass).

Rating - 2/5

Rating 2/5

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Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, Diana Penty, Dimple Kapadia and Boman Irani
  • Lyrics: Irshad Kamil, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Irshad Kamil and Amitabh Bhattacharya
  • Director: Homi Adajania
  • Music Director: Pritam
  • Release Date : 13 Jul 2012

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