Cocktail (2010 film)

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Official Movie poster
Directed by Arun Kumar Aravind
Produced by Milan Jaleel
Screenplay by Shyam Menon
Anoop Menon (dialogue)
Story by William Morrissey
Starring Jayasurya
Anoop Menon
Samvrutha Sunil
Fahadh Faasil
Music by Ratheesh Vegha
Alphons Joseph
Cinematography Pradeep Nair
Edited by Arun Kumar
Distributed by Galaxy Films
Release dates
  • 22 October 2010 (2010-10-22)
Running time
111 minutes
Country India
Language Malayalam

Cocktail is a 2010 Malayalam thriller film edited and directed by Arun Kumar Aravind. The film stars Jayasurya, Anoop Menon, Samvrutha Sunil, Fahadh Faasil, Innocent, and Mamukkoya. It is co-written by Anoop Menon and is a credited remake of the Canadian film Butterfly on a Wheel.[1][2] It was the directorial debut of film editor Arun Kumar.


Ravi Abraham (Anoop Menon) is one of the key brains behind the success of a construction firm. He has rivals within and outside the office, jealous of his success. At home, he has a blissful life with his wife Parvathy (Samvrutha Sunil) and daughter Ammu. But things go terribly wrong for Ravi and Parvathy one fine morning, with a stranger (Jayasurya), who asks for a lift in their car. For the first few minutes, The stranger appears to be a naive mild guy but his tone changes soon and he begins to blackmail the couple, telling them that their daughter is kidnapped and with just one phone call from him the brand-new babysitter will kill her. They are forced to obey several bizarre instructions one after the other. First the stranger asks them to withdraw the entire balance from their bank account in cash. Soon after the stranger sets fire to the currency notes in a suitcase and throws the whole thing into a river along with their wallets. The stranger then proceeds to ask for more money, so Ravi sells his wrist watch worth one hundred thousand rupees, for a sum of just Rs 6000. As the day progresses both Ravi and Parvathy are made to drive around and perform several tasks, including leaking Ravi's firm's top secret business plans to their rival group, forcing Ravi to bargain with a sex worker, etc. The stranger also traps them in a sleazy lodge where he begins to remove Parvathy's garments but stops short of proceeding further. At last, towards the late hours of the night, they reach Ravi's boss's house. Ravi is asked to shoot his boss if he wants to have his daughter returned alive. Ravi enters the house and to his surprise finds his colleague Devi there.

Part of the drama unveils to the audience now: it is Devi's house, the stranger is her husband Venky/Venkitesh, and Ravi and Devi have been having an extramarital affair. In the subsequent few minutes, we realise that all this was a drama plotted and enacted by Venky and Parvathy, both deeply hurt by their partners' deceit, in order to teach their spouses about the pain they themselves went through.

The last shot of the movie has Ravi and Parvathy a year later at a hospital for the infirm. They see a paralyzed Devi, a victim of a suicide attempt, being cared for by an affectionate Venky.


The movie was met with critical acclaim. Even though Cocktail could not manage a bumper initial, the movie picked up after a couple of days of the release. Cocktail has the dubious distinction of raising a controversy about the box-office performance. In a box-office analysis, Sify said that the film did not do well in the box office.[3] However, an article in, published some days after its release, said that the film is a "sleeper hit" and had a "dream run at the box office".[4] According to, the official website of Kerala Film Producers Association, the film's distributor's share is between 4 million and 10 million, which makes the film only an average grosser.[5]



The soundtrack of the film, composed by Alphons Joseph and Ratheesh Vegha. The album features 7 songs which has been written by Anil Panachooran and Santhosh Varma.[6] [7]

No. Title Lyrics Music Singer(s) Length
1. "Neeyaam Thanalinu"   Anil Panachooran Ratheesh Vegha Vijay Yesudas, Thulasi Yatheendran  
2. "Vennilavinumivide"   Santhosh Varma Alphons Joseph Alphons Joseph  
3. "Parayatharo"   Santhosh Varma Alphons Joseph Sayanora  
4. "Neeyam Thanalinu"   Anil Panachooran Ratheesh Vegha Rahul Nambiar  
5. "Theme Music 1" (Instrumental)   Ratheesh Vegha    
6. "Theme Music 2" (Instrumental)   Ratheesh Vegha    
7. "Theme Music 3" (Instrumental)   Ratheesh Vegha    


This movie is being remade in Tamil and Telugu, after taking rights from Malayalam. The remake rights are with Spellbound Films Inc, based in Chennai and the film shoot is started from Nov-2013 with well-known casting from Bollywood, Kollywood,Tollywood etc. The films is planned to be released during April 2013. All scripting work in Tamil with better changes in the scenes were done and Music Production is already started.South Indian actress Ananya is roped into play the female lead role. Male lead roles are done by Nanda and Nikesh Ram.Spellbound Inc has acquired the remake rights of the film which will have the direction responsibilities taken care by Bharathan, who made his directional debut in Vijay's 'Azhagiya Tamizh Magan'.Bharathan has penned the dialogues for films like Dhil, Dhool, Gilli, Madurai and is also doing the same in Ajith's upcoming project 'Veeram'.


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