Bollywood and culture in an emerging India
You know that time when you chance upon this new product at the supermarket? Maybe it’s a new drink or a bottle of jam — it comes in a really nice looking bottle and looks so enticing that you have to pick it up and bring it home. And then you open it and realise it only looks good on the outside. The product is past expiry, the fizz has gone out of the drink and all you are left with is a nice looking bottle. Yes, that.
Homi Adajania’s “Cocktail” is definitely one of those films you shouldn’t judge by its cover (or poster). This is supposed to be a light-hearted attempt at tackling the oldest trick in the romantic comedy book — the love triangle, but Adajania forgets to infuse any freshness into the story.
His protagonists are written almost predictably and at times are one-dimensional. There is Veronica (Deepika Padukone), the free-spirited, troubled and sometimes volatile firecracker. In sharp contrast is her best friend Meera (Diana Penty), who is demure, sorted and at times, meek. Veronica, who flits from one relationship to the other, meets Gautam (Saif Ali Khan), who might as well be her male counterpart. He too is looking for a no-strings-attached relationship and it seems that Veronica might be the perfect girl for that.
But when Gautam’s overbearing mother (Dimple Kapadia) comes to London from New Delhi, hoping to convince her son into marriage, she takes an immediate dislike to Veronica. To placate her, Gautam tells her he’s seeing Meera, who seems much more “wife material”. But when real feelings replace those being acted out, things get complicated.
If you want to watch the rockstars in action in Imtiaz Ali’s “Rockstar“, look out for the “Kun Faya Kun” number in the first half — both A. R. Rahman and Ranbir Kapoor are at their best here — the lilting melody of the song and Ranbir’s range of expressions remind you of how good the two are at what they do.
They are the stars of “Rockstar” — the reason why you leave the movie with a somewhat positive feeling. Everything else, including the script, the direction and other performances are found wanting, much to your disappointment.