Saif Ali Khan has all the reasons to break into a wide grin.
His ‘Cocktail‘ has managed to nett 55 crores in it’s first week, hence turning out to be his biggest week ever, either in a solo or multi starrer.
After a 36 crores weekend, the film held on well in the weekdays as well and though there was a slight decline in collections from Tuesday onwards, it wasn’t scary enough to lead to any alarms.
In fact the collections were pretty much as per industry norm of 50%-60% fall in collections over the weekdays, hence resulting in the kind of total that now marks ‘Cocktail‘ as a definite hit at the least.
It’s eventual fate depends upon the second weekend though.
‘The Dark Knight Rises‘ is the major release of the weekend and since that too is expected to create havoc at the box office on it’s first couple of days at the least, ‘Cocktail‘ should ideally come back on track from Sunday onwards.
Hollywood euphoria is expected to settle down by then and family audience should be favouring the ‘desi daaru’ of Saif-Deepika-Diana all over again.
All of this means that while 75 crores is most definitely achievable from here, it would be interesting to see if the film crosses the 80 crores mark.
There is competition in store week after week (Kya Super Kool Hain Hum and Jism 2) which means ‘Cocktail‘ would have to hold on ground quite firmly.
However, given the fact that Saif didn’t quite have a happy outing with ‘Agent Vinod‘ just a few weeks back, one can be rest assured that he would happy with anything between 75-80 crores for ‘Cocktail‘.
Cocktail is a hit 2012 Bollywood romantic comedy film directed by Homi Adajania under the banner of Illuminati Films, starring Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, Diana Penty, Dimple Kapadia, Boman Irani and Randeep Hooda. The film released on 13 July, 2012 to mixed reviews.
- Directed by Homi Adajania
- Produced by Saif Ali Khan, Dinesh Vijan
- Written by Imtiaz Ali, Sajid Ali
- Starring Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, Diana Penty, Dimple Kapadia, Boman Irani, Randeep Hooda
- Music by Pritam Chakraborty
- Lyricst: Irshad Kamil, Amitabh Bhattacharya
- Singers: Neeraj Shridhar Kavita Seth Benny Dayal Sunidhi Chauhan Shilpa Rao Neha Kakkad Harshdeep Kaur Shefali Alvares
- Cinematography Anil Mehta
- Editing by Sreekar Prasad
- Distributed by Illuminati Films, Eros International
Cocktail is a cute chick flick with a pretty hero. More than the story it unfolds, the film lives up to its name because of the diverse influences that drive the story and its characters. It is written by Imtiaz Ali, and you spot dollops straight out of Jab We Met, Socha Na Tha and Love Aaj Kal. Bits off the pages of Archie comics, a dash of American sitcoms such as That ’70s Show and Friends, and some Woody Allen wit vie for space.
It’s almost as if Homi Adajania was out cocktailing these elements before resorting to the tested formula of rona dhona that normally defines our romantic dramas.
The film was obviously trying to understand how GenNow perceives love and friendship, and also carve a space somewhere in between those two emotions in bid to avoid the commitment hassles.
The 40-year-old hero at the centre of the story is being passed off as a 30-something desi dude in London. Saif Ali Khan’s Gautam sets out to give those familiar Archie vibes, crossing the cute quotient with Ashton Kutcher’s flirty Michael Kelso from That ’70s Show.
Gautam shares an accommodation with two girls. Deepika Padukone plays the spoilt rich Veronica (any resemblance with the same-named comicbook hottie from Archie’s world is absolutely intended). Then there is the coy Meera (debutante Diana Penty). While the serial dater Gautam and wild child Veronica have opted to live together minus commitments, Meera is thrown into the mix out of compulsion. A twist ensures she is stranded in London. Veronica spots her and takes her home.
The film takes a funny turn with the entry of Gautam’s mother (Dimple Kapadia). To hide his raging no-frills romp with Veronica, Gautam passes off the more traditional Meera as his girlfriend. Mom is pleased and, forced to hang out with Meera in her presence, Gautam predictably starts falling for her. That’s when Veronica decides she loves Gautam.
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 â 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.
Biography of Deepika Padukone
Deepika Padukone is an Indian actress and a former model. She debuted in bollywood with fim Om Shanti oppostie to Shah Rukh Khan .
Padukone was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her father, Prakash Padukone, is a former badminton player of international repute, and her mother is a travel agent. Her father was then training in Denmark in the sport and when she was eleven months old, her family moved to Bangalore, Karnataka, India.
While in college, Padukone pursued a career in modeling. She was spotted in a ramp competition in NLS, Bangalore. Over the years, she has modeled for such Indian brand names as Liril, Dabur Lal powder, Close-Up toothpaste and Limca, and has been “brand ambassador” for the Jewels of India retail jewelry show. The cosmetics company Maybelline made her its international spokesperson
In March 2008, Padukone began dating Ranbir Kapoor, her co-star from the film Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008). After her high profile break up with Kapoor in November 2009, Padukone has decided to keep her personal life away from media attention
In addition to acting, Padukone is also the ambassador of prominent brands such as Tissot, Sony Cybershot, Nescafe and Kingfisher Airlines.