Movie Review: COCKTAIL (2012)

Shah Shahid

Cinephile. Bollywood Connoisseur. Attempted Writer & Editor at http://blankpagebeatdown.com. Host of Split Screen Podcast (@splitscreen_pod). Member of the Twitterati @theshahshahid. Diagnosed w ADH-- look a dust bunny!

10 Responses

  1. Kathy says:

    You are correct in noting that the first instinct of EVERY woman would be to put on pants when a stranger enters her house. I concede that it’s unfair that the two characters who attempt reformation — Veronica and Kunal — get left in the lurch while Gautam ultimately gets his happy ending by merely deciding it’s what he wants.

    I liked Cocktail primarily because of Veronica’s character. Regardless of whether her impetus to change comes from meeting a man, I like the exploration of reconciling a person’s outside image with their internal self-image. That phase of life in which we (well, some of us) are forced into adulthood is the most interesting to me, and I thought Homi Adajania captured it well.

    It seems as though Adajania would like to be making movies for an international audience but isn’t able to. I think Cocktail would be perceived differently if Adajania didn’t have to include the obligatory nods (that you mentioned) to the corrupt nature of the world outside of India. I’m surprised no one suggested Veronica cure her alcohol addiction with a tractor ride through a field in Punjab.

    (P.S. We agree to disagree on Homi Adajania’s works.I hated Being Cyrus as much as you hated Cocktail. 🙂 Here’s my review: http://accessbollywood.wordpress.com/2011/06/13/movie-review-being-cyrus-2005/)

    • I completely forget about Randeep Hooda, who’s an amazing actor in his own right. Objectively, both Meera & Kunal were good for together, as a couple. Especially considering that Kunal tries to reform. There really is no reason for them not to get together, except for the loose ‘love story’ set up last minute between Gautam & Meera.

      Speaking of: Even Gautam and Veronica were more compatible for each other given their personality types.

      I agree that Veronica’s portrayal was unique. I loved that for once, it was a girl getting a drunk / trashed / clubbing montage after an emotional event, instead of the guy going on a bender. It just wasn’t consistent for me.

      The NRI westernization of the Tractor ride could’ve been the top down convertible ride?

      We’ll agree to disagree with both of these. :p

  2. zackmandell says:

    This was a great movie review and really puts some things in perspective for me. Looking forward to checking it out.

  3. Keyur Seta says:

    I loved the way you have described it, especially the ending part. Lol! I am feeling glad to have kept myself miles away from this one. This is quite shocking too from Adajania considering his brilliant debut with Being Cyrus. Anyways, I will read more of you henceforth.

    Cheers 🙂

    • Thanks Keyur. I appreciate your feedback. I find movies that upset me, are easier and better to Review, than the ones I like. I can’t say much about those beyond ‘it’s AWESOME!’. lol.
      I wasn’t too excited about COCKTAIL, and would’ve foregone it like you, if it wasn’t for my 17 year old sister who insisted on it.

      Thanks again for stopping by.

  4. Katherine says:

    Your description of the problems with Veronica’s character is on point! I did like Deepika’s acting significantly more than you did, and in the V vs M debate will always side with Veronica who I found to be the least bitchy of the two, BUT the stereotypes of Deepika’s character were fucking ridiculous. There’s obviously just way too much wrong with this movie for either of us to cover in a single post (or a single post AND podcast episode, in my case).

    • Looking back on it, Deepika’s performance was very good, given what she had to work with. And I really did like how, for once, the girl got the drunken Devdas song montage. I think her role in the movie was hurt by poor writing and even worse direction. I’ve never hated a director as much as I hated Homi Adajania after this. Probably what’s keeping me from watching ‘Finding Fanny’.

      Thanks for the comment Kay Fil.

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