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Desi Daru, Bidesi Bottle… Cocktail Movie Review

I was keen on watching the movie more because my friend Shalmali Kholgade (go ahead an like her fan page) sang the song ‘Daru Desi’. I expected some real today movie but somehow not every director has the guts to do a Karan Johar or Yash Chopra on an adulterous relationship. Yash Chopra’s Lamhe took a subject so daring of its times where a girl romances a man of her father’s age and Karan Johar explored the subject of extramarital affair in Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna and still become a commercial success. While movies like ‘Chini Kum’ and ‘Nishabd’ too had similar stories but one had a comical angle and the other had a lot of lust.

Cocktail deals with the subject of no strings attached relationships where they show two professionally successful individuals, Saif Ali and Deepika Padukone working hard (they edited out those scenes) and partying harder (it was all about this). Enter Mother India (Dimple Kapadia) and Sati Savitri (Diana Penty) and the movie is one of the regular bollywood story.

My observations

  1. They could have shown a bit more on the professional ethics of the three of them. Saif is shown a software engineer but mostly as a flirting at workplace. Deepika Padukone is a photographer but except for one scene where she is capturing someone monkeying on a trampoline, she is all the time partying and sleeping with strangers. Diana Penty gets a great job but she’s always shown messed up in personal life.
  2. Boman Irani was a Wasted Resource: The character was supposedly ideated to help Saif in his misgivings but did almost nothing except for act as a filler when the story went flat.
  3. Saif was trying too hard to look like a 25 year old. He could have acted like a successful, suave 33 year old flirt. There are plenty of them in the society.
  4. There are some funny moments, flat moments, high moments, flat moments, one cocktail moment(discussed in detail below), flat moments, predictable moments, flat moment, flat moments, flat moments and some more flat moments. So over all a ‘thanda drink’. Dont watch if you have a sore throat…ha ha just kidding.
  5. Two DPs (Deepika Padukone and Diana Penty) with D Padukone at her hottest best and D Penty at her saddest best. In fact I was confused many a time is she was crying or smiling. And there is a stark resemblance between the two too.

Okay. Now to ‘The Cocktail Moment’ : When a Drunk Deepika padukone tells Diana Penty something like ‘Chalo hum dono usko share kar lete hai, tu biwi ban jaa aur mai rakhail…meri image ko suit bhi karega..kyun itna bhi nahi kar sakti? akele hi rakhna chahti hai.‘ Wish they could have actually done something on these lines where they all live happily ever after.That would have been revolutionary. But Homi Adjania somehow pulled back his original idea it seems and preferred to stick back to the regular success formula. (I doubt this thought never crossed his mind)

There are so many instances, India and Worldwide, said-unsaid, of successful people and commoners with multiple partners such as:

Musicians : Pandit Ravishankar(Annapurna Devi,Kamala Shastri, Sue Jones and Sukanya Rajan )

Dancers: Raja Reddy (Radha and Kaushalya Reddy)

Actors : Dharmendra, Amir Khan, Saif Ali, Dimple Kapadia and so many of them.

Players: Vivian Richards

Politicians: Karunanidhi

The movie actually wanted to show some of the issues of the current Indian Society such as:

  1. Career is primary and relationships are secondary for the current crop of youngsters.
  2. Being settled in life is about financial independence and not just about getting married and having kids.
  3. The current crop has moved over the cliched mentality- ‘marriage stuffs are only the Sati Savitri types others are good just a s one night stands‘. Women look good when they are hot and sexy and can be taken home to mom.
  4. DPs are carefully chosen to show the two sides of every girl today. Each one of us has an outrageously bold and subtly sacrosanct personalities.

Relationships become a burden when an old school, dearest to heart, elderly family member, emotionally pressurizes you to get married. That is their idea of settling down. While they are all okay with the fact that their child is in and out of relationships but the one they marry should be financially stable in case of grooms and homely and cultured in case of brides. Even today the parents protect a 30+ year son/daughter and feel societal pressures if they are not married. And this is what leads to conflicts of interests and such marriages are more prone to break as compared to the ones which are between like minded people. Anyone can still have a life if they have been through a broken relationship, and not just once but as many times till they find someone who matches up to their personalities. One break-up should never be a deterrent to live life to its fullest. Remember you have just one life. Cocktail is an eye-opener to the way kids today want to lead their lives. Do watch it.

Rating: ***1/2 on a scale of 5

They should have

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Posted by on July 16, 2012 in Mother India, Movie, Review

 

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The Birth and Death of Vijay Deenanath Chauhan – Agneepath Movie Review

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‘Dekh ye hath ekdum Saaf…Isko dho diya main’

When Chota Johar decided to re-make Agneepath, originally by the Bada Johar, I thought I should see the ‘Bachchanpath’ before the ‘Roshanpath’ so that I can enjoy giving the SWOT analysis of old vs new. Shame on a movie reviewer like me who had given the legendary Vijay Deenanath Chauhan a big miss. BTW, SWOT here stands for Scene Weene, Opinion Topinion. An acronym I just coined. Please do talk about it in your comments and tweets. I want it to be trending in today’s twitterverse. While I was tempted to see the original before the adaptation, some part of me wanted to take a look at the new one with fresh perspective for an unbiased opinion.

Thanks to ma-in-law’s visit that I could get out of the house in the near middle of the night with hubby and not think of kids while watching the movie. That’s another story altogether that I ended up sleeping while my husband was cracking his brain with the SWOT stuff. (He had seen the original one literally a hundred times and I knew I would have some first hand comparison insights from my abode itself).

After over 3 long hours of sleep watching the movie (alternating between sleeping and watching) I decided to just pull the blanket and sleep properly. Thank god I had company else the ushers would have had to do me out of the hall. I so wanted to pour it all on my blog the next day but thought it would be wiser to watch the Big Johar’s masterpiece and reserve my comments till then.

Finally I saw the ‘Bachchanpath’ yesterday for the first time and wanted to know just three things:

  1. Why would the Karans (Johar and Malhotra) want to kill Vijay Deenanath Chauhan? Bada Johar’s Agneepath gave birth to the cult Vijay Deenanath Chauhan which was actually the big O in terms of the dialogues, acting, storyline, characters, actors and everything that went into the making of the movie. Again, by the big O, I mean Original here. Please Mentos mat khao( Dimaag ki batti band rakho). Looks like the Karans knew it from the beginning and that’s why it was also a part of Sanjay Dutt’s dialogue saying ‘s baar to Vijay Deenanath Chauhan Ko Marna hi Padega’. Chota Johar’s Agneepath literally hanged him to death on that ‘Mandwa ka Banyan Tree’.
  2. “Krishnan Iyer Em Yea ko kyon nahi liya? Hain” I want to ask this really loud with that ‘hain’ in Amitabh’s voice. He was such a comic relief in the serious dialogues and violent fight sequences. Was it so difficult to draft a parallel hero script or was it budget constraints? As an afterthought it could have been used as the bollywood launch role for ‘Dhanush’ of the Kolaveri fame.
  3. Bhopal se Behen kyo lekar aaye? (Usme aisa kya tha jo mujhme nahi?) This behen in Roshanpath had hardly any role and was visibly awkward with Hrithik touching and holding and lifting her. (I would have died to even play Hritihik’s mom.)

A Special request to Ekta Kapoor who is in a Soap adaptation spree of the Box Office Hits – pls don’t try recreating this epic anymore.

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Posted by on March 3, 2012 in Mother India, Movie, Review

 

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