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Cocktail Review

Critic Score 53

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Average- 10

Bad- 2

Total- 21

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Indicine | Indicine Team

Cocktail starts off well, the first half is fast-paced and has some genuinely funny tongue-in-cheek humor. It’s a lot of fun to watch three different characters live together, share their lives and gradually develop  a strong bonding. Director Homi Adajania handles the ‘cocktail’ of human relationships pretty well.

The second half though, pales in comparison. It suffers from being predictable and slow. Fortunately though, the actors make up for it – Saif Ali Khan is fantastic as Gautham with perfect comic timing and flair. As for Deepika, her performance looks pretty natural on-screen.

70

Recommended
 
 

Critics Reviews

 
Bollywood Hungama | Taran Adarsh

Homi Adajania, who made his directorial debut with BEING CYRUS, attempts a rom-com in COCKTAIL with effortless ease, handling a number of sequences with dexterity. Come to think of it, COCKTAIL is a complex film, which reflects the complexity and intricacies of human relationships. The highpoint of the film is the three sharply defined characters, besides, of course, the styling and visuals.

60

Recommended
 
 
DNA India | Blessy Chettiar

Homi Adjania’s direction is impeccable, with Padukone the jewel in his crown. Her character is complex and she displays just enough maturity while portraying it. Finally, one has a reason to say she can act. Penty is awkward, just like Meera. She reminds one of Nargis Fakhri in Ali’s last, Rockstar, only a little better. Khan “oozes charm” as he plays catch-up with much younger leading ladies. After a point you start feeling sorry for Gautam, sandwiched between friendship, love and all that jazz that makes living difficult. Boman Irani as Gautam’s Mama with a colourful past and Dimple Kapadia as his loud-mouth, conservative Delhi mother add their bits to make this concoction enjoyable.

60

Recommended
 
 
Yahoo | Kunal Guha

Director Homi Adajania’s vision of a modern love story seems warped. It is devoid of any commitment, fickle enough to be chopped with a sickle and yet subscribes to every stereotype that one associates with love, circa aaj, kal and day after tomorrow. Also, it’s about time Saif Ali Khan’s characters stop drastically altering his personality from fun and flirty to love-sick romeo once he’s sipped the love potion. It’s understandable that following the explosive ‘Agent Vinod’, the junior Nawab was forced to opt for something more commercially reliable. But Saif continuing to play roles that precede his age by more than a decade is like having an illegitimate relationship with your pet animal: just because you can, doesn’t mean you do it.

30

Not Recommended
 
 
Rediff | Raja Sen

Adajania starts off breezily enough, all effortless-flirting and shotglasses and dramatically teary mascara, but the threadbare and increasingly inane plot unspools halfway through, leaving us with a shoddy, frustratingly random sequence of events. The last one-third of the film features the kind of emotional melee that can only be rightfully resolved by handing one of the girls a samurai sword. Alas, no such bloody respite is offered.

Actually, the second half of Cocktail borrows from every conceivable romantic cliche, featuring much boohooing and accidents and well-meaning lies and insidious manipulation and -- for some inexplicable reason -- Randeep Hooda, showing off a different (and never explained) injury every time he appears. It's as if Imtiaz and Sajid Ali -- the film's screenwriters, the men who must squarely be blamed for this tiresome misadventure -- couldn't decide which stock-ending to go for, and so decided to throw in a bunch.

40

Not Recommended
 
 
The Times Of India | Meena Iyer

The film takes a more serious turn in the second half when friendship makes way for love. Yes, Cupid strikes at the intermission point; and the film follows the oft-seen path of a typical triangular drama that has been a Bollywood staple through the last two decades.

Cocktail does have some terrific highs. One is Deepika Padukone's performance. Easily the best in her five-year-long career; Deepika also looks sensational throughout. You almost wish the camera had stayed her longer on her in that red itsy-bitsy bikini. DP will definitely win notices and nominations for her near-faultless performance of the rich-spoilt-neglected-girl-with-a-heart-of-gold.

70

Recommended
 
 
Nowrunning | Mansha Rastogi

Cocktail has the Imtiaz Ali stamp all over the first half of it. Written by the talented filmmaker and writer, the first half of the film, despite having very random sequence strikes an instant chord with the masses purely for its breezy approach. What works most for the audience is the effortless easy going acting by all the three characters in the film interspersed with some witty one liners, light-heartedness and a very new age approach to love and relationships. One can certainly credit Homi Adjania for bringing in a fresh Vicky Christina Barcelona type appeal to this flim.

50

Average Movie
 
 
The Film Street Journal | Pooja Thakkar

The film looks slick and good with director Homi Adajania at the helm, his wife Anaita Shroff handling the styling and cinematographer Anil Mehta behind the lens. There’s fun music too by Pritam which makes it all a blend that can give a temporary high to young adults.

The story and the characters seem like an unkempt amalgamation of Imtiaz Ali’s previous love stories. There’s tonnes of the Imtiaz Ali directed Love Aaj Kal visible with the Deepika-Saif camaraderie carrying whiffs of their previous outing together.

50

Average Movie
 
 
NDTVMovies | Saibal Chatterjee

The first half of the film is reserved for lively sweet nothings and comedic moments triggered by the unannounced arrival of the boy’s mother from Lajpat Nagar; the second half gets down to unfolding the larger business of the heartbreaks, hard knocks and eventual emotional salvation that follows.

As you would have guessed by now, there isn’t the slightest semblance of novelty in this ménage a trois – this is exactly how it has been ever since the advent of the Archie comics in the early 1940s – but Adajania manages to impart a veneer of freshness to the sparkling broth.

60

Recommended
 
 
Koimoi | Roshni Devi

Imtiaz Ali and Sajid Ali’s story is a run-of-the-mill love triangle. But it’s the screenplay and dialogues that make the movie enjoyable. Though Saif Ali Khan has some really cheesy pick-up-lines, he gets the best dialogues.

Saif Ali Khan is very good as the playboy Gautam and equally cute when he tries to win Meera. Deepika Padukone plays her part of the confused-spoilt-brat-with-a-heart-of-gold quite well. Diana Penty surprises with an apt performance as the subdued Meera (though she didn’t have much of emoting in the film)..

Homi Adajania’s direction is alright. While he has chosen a bland story, he’s handled it quite well. Much of the credit also goes to cinematographer Anil Mehta.

50

Average Movie
 
 
Sify | Sonia Chopra

The film is well-packaged and looks good. But the story disappoints. Humour is consistent but not as funny as in other rom-coms. In places, the film tries too hard to be funny, like the scene where Saif is dancing in drag.

The girls steal the show in this one. Deepika Padukone looks great and puts her heart in the role. A difficult character to essay, Padukone is consistently impressive. Saif Ali Khan is alright—but he has performed the lover-boy drone better in other rom-coms. Diana Penty is a talent to look out for. She, thankfully, is modeling import who can act.

40

Not Recommended
 
 
Glamsham | Martin D'Souza

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.

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.

40

Not Recommended
 
 
Zeenews | Resham Sengar

Going by Deepika Padukone’s performance, this is one of her best so far. She hits the bulls eye with her portrayal of Veronica. Deepika manages to highlight the intricacies of the psyche of a woman who has had a troubled childhood, which propelled her to seek refuge in alcohol and hard core partying.

On the other hand, Diana Penty looks fresh as a daisy on screen but needs to polish her acting skills a tad more if she intends to survive the rat race.

60

Recommended
 
 
Dailybhaskar | Mayank Shekhar

You feel worse for Saif aged 43. It's hard to tell how every woman he meets in the movie gets turned on by his random charms. The world is his playground. He still makes it seem vaguely convincing. Here’s a big league actor at the top of his form.

30

Not Recommended
 
 
Wogma | Meetu

I love well-made romantic comedies, I am sucked in by many a romantic tragedies. But a comedy that becomes a tragedy and a fresh comedy that turns into a clichéd tragedy, it's just disappointing. True, I didn't think Cocktail would be great. In that sense it delivers as promised. But, the problem is it gives hope in the beginning and then just falters and falls in a great thump towards the end. The good thing though is that Cocktail never lets go of the emotions it has stirred - within the characters and thus what we feel for the audience too. If only, they had let go of the generic love triangle towards the end.

60

Recommended
 
 
Indian Express | Shubhra Gupta

There’s a lot of good stuff in ‘Cocktail’. Adajania who’s made ‘Being Cyrus’ with Khan is a director with style. Here, he joins hands with Imtiaz Ali’s nifty dialogues, and we are made to feel good by seeing these lovely looking people do the stuff that people do when sex is in the air, and love is around the corner. The trouble begins when the L word gets centre-stage : to be any good, a rom com needs heart-ache and tears, but needs to be careful of sogginess. 'Cocktail' sparkles when the fun and games are on (even though it has some scenes which have been bunged in just for laughs), and gives us a couple of splendid moments when there is silence. No loud background music, no motor mouth lines, just blessed quiet, the way sometimes you want to know what you are feeling without ruining it with chatter. But it can’t handle the being emo half as deftly.

50

Average Movie
 
 
Hindustan Times | Anupama Chopra

It helps that the material is directed by Homi Adajania, whose first film Being Cyrus was a dark, twisted look at a dysfunctional Parsi family. Adajania keeps it crisp. He reins in the melodrama, until the last half hour when emotions go ballistic and the plot gets needlessly convoluted, and the actors — Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone and Diana Penty — bite into their roles. Cocktail is a fun, romantic romp.

The writing is enhanced by the performances. The big surprise here is Deepika, who moves beyond her usual statuesque mannequin pose and gets into the skin of the emotionally raw and needy poor little rich girl. This is easily her best performance to date.  Saif is an old hand at these sorts of roles but here he really ramps up the charm and even pulls off a scene that has him doing a Tom-Cruise-on-a-couch jump as he wears red lipstick and a negligee. Diana is saddled with the most colourless character but she infuses her role with a quiet poise and holds her own.

70

Recommended
 
 
Deccan Chronicle | Khalid Mohamed

The story-screenplay by Jab We Rockstar Imtiaz Ali, and Sajid Ali may be strictly fantasty fluff but it blends in moments of tenderness, free-spiritedness, and a youtful zest. Three cheers, absolutely, to that.

For an elliptical touch, Adajania creates a sweet, throwaway shot of one of the girls pausing to look at a child in a park– an obvious allusion to her dreams of becoming a mother. But don’t expect more artful asides from the director, who in his debut feature Being Cyrus had opted for bitter dark humour.

70

Recommended
 
 
Bollywood Llife | Bollywood Llife

The story – and surprisingly, there is something of one – is not too unreal for anyone who is fairly wealthy, well travelled and so-called liberal. Three people share a flat in London and work out dynamics of co-existence. Veronica, played astonishingly true-to-life by Deepika, has a casual on-off relationship with Saif, who is perhaps getting rather too mature for silly shenanigans, but does the urban-slick thing so well. Into this comfortable relationship, which smells ever so gently of the Mila Kunis-Justin Timberlake movie Friends With Benefits, comes the far more staid and shy Meera, a role nicely nuanced in parts by Diana. And the equations – as they always do – change, swing, wander about with lots of madness, liberal amount of laughter and some emotional hoo-ha thrown in.

50

Average Movie
 
 
Mid-Day India | Janhavi Samant

That is not to say that the film doesn’t work at all. There are moments in the film which do work; some scenes are touching, for instance the one where Gautam and Meera realise their feelings for each other or the awkwardness of Gautam confessing his feelings for Meera to Veronica or the latter’s unspoken outburst are handled differently.

Diana makes a remarkable debut, her awkwardness is endearing. However, it is Deepika Padukone who connects all the dots in the plot. Her Veronica adding that combustive element to Gautam and Meera’s chemistry.

40

Not Recommended
 
 
India Today | Vinayak Chakravorty

Cocktail becomes your standard triangle tangle after a breezy first half. The film labours to leave a footnote that a zillion others have underlined in the past — when it comes to love, the heart and the brain are forever at loggerheads. Director Adajania, who made his debut with the quirky Being Cyrus a while back, was clearly driven by mainstream diktats this time.

If Cocktail works, it is mainly for the characters Imtiaz has penned as well as the cool with which the lead stars live them on screen. Adajania's success lies in assorting the right cast. This film didn't demand intense acting talent. It just needed the stars to look their roles. You'll love Saif, Deepika and Diana basically because they were being themselves.

60

Recommended
 
 
ApunKaChoice | Nikhil Kumar

All but covering up these botches are the film’s three actors. Deepika Padukone hammers in the best performance of the lot, playing a bombastic boozer and a girl with little scruples when it comes to flirting and bedding men. The erratic changes of her heart, and how she turns from this blissfully blasé babe to almost a love-wreck, makes for an interesting watch. Saif Ali Khan brings a fine balance of a cocky flirt and a gauche commitment phobe in his act. Diana Penty gets away with looking pretty and vulnerable, the latter more on account of her lack of confidence than acting prowess. But it works.

50

Average Movie
 
 

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