I happened to watch Cocktail at an extremely crowded press plus crew plus family plus friends show. While you can read my official movie review, as I was thinking about the film some more I wanted to write about some of the other aspects that bothered me about Cocktail. These additional thoughts touch on some points I couldn’t include in a movie review and summarize how Cocktail, which in my opinion could have been a good rom-com, was turned into a series of Bollywood’s formulaic clichés, so much so that the gloss and glycerine could give the Indian TV soaps a run for their money.
But FIRST- I love you, Deepika Padukone! You’ve rocked the part of Veronica and HOWww! *wolf whistles* Have I declared that already???
— Pooja (@pooja1712) July 12, 2012
Also had to include this one too
@deepikapadukone Brava! You were beyond amazing in Cocktail! You made me cry! You were just so Veronica to your core and it was beautiful
— Stacey Yount (@Bollywriter) July 17, 2012
Now to the point or in fact points…
First, for everyone who has seen the movie, the common notion was that everyone was hoping in the end Saif would get the boot and the two hot DP’s (Deepika & Diana) would hook up together (they almost did – wasn’t ‘nahi chahiye mujhko teri second hand jawaani‘ a cue for just that??!). This could very well have been Dostana in reverse, including the very loud Punjabi mummy (played by Dimple Kapadia here) who gives kangan to her daughter in law as shagun! But no such luck, cause in a very formulaic ending, true love triumphs in Bollywood and everyone lives happily ever after….
Now this is quite ironic, because a day after the movie releases, our dear lead actor confesses to a major daily newspaper publication that in real life ending up with Meera would be rather boring. Oh Bollywood, pray do tell then why you inflict such boring scripts on thy audiences? Minutes into the movie just when I thought here is something different, a good case study of urban mature relationships, of effortless flirting, living-in, shot-glasses and just general bonding, true to the karmas of being Bollywoodized, the characters flip a 360, running to the nearest film library seeking refuge in all the possible escape routes Bollywood has mopped up in its rom-coms till date.
Here is where I will list some of them and we shall call it:
“Commandments of Bollywood – creating stereotypes, one rom-com at a time”
Bollyspice has writers across the globe. Most of them juggle corporate careers/education while writing for Bollyspice simply out of love for cinema. Many of them are NRIs, who’ve lived away all their lives, connected to the homeland mostly by virtue of cinema. We decided to have their thoughts over Bollywood’s obsession with typecasting its heroine leads into certain characters. Here’s what they had to say.
We love our movies, for most parts of it but let’s hope for our rom-coms sake, our directors take a clue, throw the rule book out and just let our bindaas girls be! Between the demure desi and the independent belle, we’re sure there can always be a fair deal for everyone and they all find true love… if that is what they want!
We’d love to hear your thoughts, so do let us know in the comment box.
With additional contributions by Prathna Tiwari, Meera Sharma and Shalu Dhyani