Cocktail (2012 film)

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Cocktail 2012 poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byHomi Adajania
Produced bySaif Ali Khan
Dinesh Vijan
Written byImtiaz Ali
Sajid Ali
StarringDeepika Padukone
Saif Ali Khan
Diana Penty
Dimple Kapadia
Boman Irani
Randeep Hooda
Music by
CinematographyAnil Mehta
Edited bySreekar Prasad
Distributed byEros International
Release date
  • July 13, 2012 (2012-07-13) (India)
Running time
144 minutes[1]
Budget65 crore[2]
Box officeest. ₹125.7 crore[3]

Cocktail is a 2012 Indian romantic comedy drama film directed by Homi Adajania and produced by Saif Ali Khan and Dinesh Vijan, starring Deepika Padukone, Saif Ali Khan and debutante Diana Penty as the lead roles, with Boman Irani and Dimple Kapadia and Randeep Hooda as supporting roles.[4][5] The soundtrack was performed by Pritam and Salim–Sulaiman.[6] Cocktail was released worldwide on 13 July 2012, to critical acclaim, garnering high praise for Padukone and Penty's performances. Made on a budget of 650 million (US$9.1 million), Cocktail emerged as a commercial success, grossing 1.26 billion (US$18 million) worldwide.[7]


Meera is a shy and traditional girl who leaves her family in India, to live in London with her husband Kunal. While at the London airport, she meets Gautam "Gutlu" Kapoor, a shameless flirt and playboy who hits on her and asks her out. Meera politely tells him that she is married and then leaves. Meera searches for her husband and finally finds him, but he is angry to see her and explains that he only married Meera for her money, telling her to stay away from him. This leaves Meera heartbroken and stranded in London with no place to stay.

While in the bathroom at a department store, Meera meets Veronica, a free-spirited party-girl who sees Meera weeping and decides to help her. Veronica takes Meera to her apartment and explains that her rich estranged father sends her a large amount of money through cheque every month, which helps Veronica enjoy the life of a rich socialite. One night, Veronica takes Meera to a nightclub, where they run into Gautam. At the club, Gautam and Veronica dance intimately and make out. The next morning, after a job interview, Meera comes home to find Gautam on the couch. She learns that Gautam and Veronica slept together the previous night. Soon, Gautam moves in with Veronica and Meera, continuing his "no-strings-attached" relationship with Veronica. Although Meera initially dislikes him, she comes to accept him, and the three become good friends.

Eventually, Gautam's mother Kavita and his uncle Randhir arrive, looking for him. Kavita is shocked to see Gautam's drunken escapades with the 2 girls, and wants to know if he has found anyone to settle down with yet. Kavita does not particularly like Veronica due to her lifestyle, while Randhir develops a soft-spot for her. Gautam lies to his mother and says that he is in a relationship with Meera because she is the "Ideal Indian girl", who would meet his mother's approval. During this charade, Gautam and Meera become closer and end up falling in love. However, Meera is hesitant to admit it, because she does not want to hurt Veronica, her best friend. Veronica has fallen in love with Gautam and is trying to win the approval of his mother by becoming a "decent" Indian girl.

Unable to continue with the lie, Gautam sits the 2 women down and explains to Veronica that even though she loves him, he is in love with Meera. Meera apologises to Veronica, but Veronica assures her that it is okay and insists that they all go to the club to celebrate. However, at the club, a drunken Veronica breaks down, telling Gautam that she will do whatever he wants, and she tells Meera that no one has ever used her the way she did. The next morning, the 3 part ways. Meera decides to go back to her husband, Gautam, unable to concentrate on his work and stops flirting with all the girls and Veronica becomes depressed and engages in increasingly dangerous and destructive behaviour. Thereby the three undergo depression. One night, Veronica is badly injured after being hit by a car. Gautam rushes her to hospital. Meera comes there with Kunal to make it look like she has gotten over Gautam.

Gautam moves back in with Veronica to care for her. Veronica thinks that they are rebuilding their relationship, but soon realizes that Gautam is no longer the flirtatious, fun-loving man with whom she fell in love, and that he is that man only when he is with Meera. She sacrifices her love for Gautam after realizing that she is not perfect for him, and she helps him locate Meera. They seek out Kunal, who tells them that Meera left him because she loved Gautam too much and that she has gone back to India. Gautam and Veronica travel to Delhi. Veronica helps Gautam propose to Meera, and she accepts. Veronica and Meera become best friends again and the 3 friends reunite.




"The film is for people aged between 12 and 50. It is about friendship, love, romance and has something for all kinds of audience. It is a love story. The designing of the three characters Veronica (Deepika), Gautam (Saif), Meera (Diana), the cool and contemporary look of the film and its music are its USP"

- Producer Dinesh Vijan[8]

Priyanka Chopra was the original choice for the role of Veronica, but was ultimately not cast due to creative issues.[9] Deepika Padukone and Imran Khan were initially signed on to play the leads in the film, after their chemistry in the promos of Break Ke Baad struck a chord with the youth.[10] However, the latter declined the film and was consequently replaced by Saif Ali Khan, who decided to also produce the film under his production house Illuminati Films.[11][12] Padukone was offered both the roles of Veronica and Meera, however the character of Meera was similar to her role in Love Aaj Kal (2009) and so she chose the role of Veronica as a challenge.[13] Model Diana Penty, who was earlier supposed to play the female lead in Imtiaz Ali's Rockstar (2011), was later signed on to Cocktail instead, on Ali's suggestion, and thus made her debut in Bollywood.


Shooting of the film started at the end of May 2011, in London. Many scenes have been shot indoors, although the crew primarily filmed on the streets of London. Locations of the filming in London include Borough High Street, Borough Market, Portobello Road, Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus, Mayfair, Clapham Junction, Battersea Park, Bank Station, St. Paul's London, Colville Gardens (Notting Hill) and Brick Lane. The film was also shot in Cape Town, South Africa.[14] Padukone has gyrated to a Punjabi party song ("Main Sharaabi") at The Clapham Grand nightclub in Clapham Junction, by dancing on a table. This is reminiscent of a dance sequence in the song "Chor Bazaari" from Love Aaj Kal (2009). Whilst security was extra tight on the day to prevent outsiders entering the premises, a DJ was hired for the music and club lights were also used to make the scene look as real as possible.


The trailer of the film was reported to be attached to the prints of Khan's previous home production Agent Vinod (2012),[15] although the makers decided against this for unknown reasons. The official trailer was eventually launched on 21 May 2012, to a phenomenal response from critics and audiences, crossing 1 million hits on YouTube within 3 days.


Critical response[edit]

Director, Homi Adajania promoting Cocktail, July 2012

Rubina A. Khan of Firstpost gave the movie 4/5 stars, saying that "Cocktail is a contemporary film that reflects life as it happens all around us…. just as crazy, twisted, beautiful, funny, weird and lonely as anyone's life can be. It's about easy choices and hard decisions and how life still goes on, despite it all. It's a cocktail you definitely wanna try!"[16]

Khalid Mohamed of Deccan Chronicle gave the movie 3.5/5 stars, concluding that "Whatever the flaws and dips in energy-level, Cocktail is a feel-wonderful movie. Shake it, stir it and get nicely woozy."[17] Meena Iyer of Times of India gave the movie 3.5/5 stars, commenting that "What Cocktail should be truly applauded for is its permissiveness. As a film it breaks shackles and ushers in a new free spirit that Gen-Now will relate to."[18] Aniruddha Guha of DNA India gave the movie 3.5/5 stars, stating that "The best thing about Cocktail is that it is as different as a film can get within a very conventional format. My favorite scene has Gautam talk to Veronica and Meera together about his feelings towards each of them. "Look. You love me. I love her. Let's sort this mess out." A rare moment in Hindi cinema!"[19] Anupama Chopra of Hindustan Times gave the movie 3.5/5 stars, commenting that "This cocktail is full of fizz."[20]

Nabanita Roy of One India gave the movie 3/5 stars, concluding that "On the whole, Cocktail is colourful, fascinating and attention-grabbing. Though the movie suffers a few loopholes, but, you definitely can't ignore the threesome magic of Dippy-Saif-Diana."[21] Resham Sengar of Zee News gave the movie 3/5 stars, stating that "Cocktail is worth a try!"[22] Devesh Sharma of Filmfare gave the movie 3/5 stars, concluding that "All-in-all, it's a nice urban romance. But again, this isn't how I would like to describe a Imtiaz-Homi collaboration. You expected something with a twist, what you get is a pat too sweet – a Bloody Mary without the Vodka."[23] Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV gave the movie 3/5 stars, commenting that "Cocktail has just the right mix of fizz and flavour to allow the occasional and inevitable crinkles of triteness to flow well below the surface. It is definitely worth a visit to the multiplex."[24] Vinayak Chakravarthy of India Today gave the movie 3/5 stars, concluding that "If Cocktail works, it is mainly for the characters Imtiaz has penned well as the cool with which the lead stars live them on screen."[25] Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave the movie 3/5 stars, saying that "On the whole, COCKTAIL has a fascinating first-half, charismatic performances, harmonious music and the trendy look and styling as its aces, but the second-half is not as tempting or intoxicating as the first hour. It pales when compared to the attention-grabbing first-hour. Yet, all said and done, this one's primarily targeted at the Gen Next, especially those in metros, who might identify with the on-screen characters."[26] Blessy Chettiar of DNA India gave the movie 3/5 stars, stating that "You can't hate a film like Cocktail nor can you love it in totality. If you've liked Ali's storytelling before, there's no harm in catching it at least once. Cheers!"[27]

Bollywood Life gave the movie 2.5/5 stars, stating that "As for the film – very niche, very easy on the eye and ear and a lot of the time, very fun."[28] Kaushik L.M of Behind Woods gave the movie 2.5/5 stars, concluding that "The light-hearted fun and romance resurrect this cocktail."[29] Shubhra Gupta of Indian Express gave the movie 2.5/5 stars, concluding that "Cocktail is nice while the fizz lasts."[30] Roshni Devi of Koimoi gave the movie 2.5/5 stars, saying that "Cocktail is a nice and enjoyable movie for the dialogues, songs and performances. But the second-half is a real drag."[31]

Sonia Chopra of Sify gave the movie 2/5 stars, stating that "Drink this cocktail if you must; but be warned, the concoction isn't as appetizing as it looks!"[32] That's So Gloss! echoed this criticism in a review, stating: "[Cocktail] says it's okay when the guy does it, but when a lady does the same thing, she is immoral, and society must punish her in some way. A textbook example of a "double-standard"."[33] Martin D'Souza of GlamSham gave the movie 2/5 stars, saying that "It's a cocktail alright, but one which lacks punch. A flat drink with no fizz and lots of salt at the rim of the glass which knocks you back with its sting."[34] Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN gave the movie 2/5 stars, concluding that "I'm going with 2 out of 5 for director Homi Adajania's Cocktail. With the right ingredients in the right proportions, this might have made for a smooth concoction. But Cocktail is a mostly-flat romance; one that could've done with more heart."[35] Janhavi Samant of MidDay gave the movie 2/5 stars, stating that "There are people who love films about free-falling NRIs, who have jobs but never seem to work, who love the thrills of casual sex but only till they find a desi wife who will serve home-cooked food, and who can go to Cape Town from London for just a weekend, and whose biggest crisis is to decide if what they feel is 'true' love. But this critic ain't one of them."[36] Suparna Sharma of Deccan Chronicle gave the movie 2/5 stars, commenting that "Cocktail, because of its high sugar content, initially gives a heady rush, but leaves a bad hangover."[37] Raja Sen of Rediff gave the movie 2/5 stars, commenting that "It's a pity, and not just because this could have been the great unconventional cinematic threesome we so desperately need. Cocktail has a handful of moments and a few genuine sparks, but finally crashes and burns so spectacularly that it's hard to focus on the positives. We must thank it, thus, for Diana Penty."[38]

Kunal Guha of Yahoo! gave the movie 1.5/5 stars, stating that "One of the chief reasons why this cocktail fails to hit your sweet spot is because you don't empathize with any of the characters. There could be many reasons for this but to point one: none of them seem worthy of your attention and concern. Still keen to figure out who Saif ends up with? Why don’t you deduce it yourself like any mature adult would? I would recommend the scientific method used to pick item girls in films lately: Eenie Meenie…"[39] Mayank Shekhar of Daily Bhaskar gave the movie 1.5/5 stars, concluding that "You feel worse for Saif aged 42. It's hard to tell how every woman he meets in the movie gets turned on by his random charms. The world is his playground. He still makes it seem vaguely convincing. Here's a big league actor at the top of his form. Look at his recent films: Agent Vinod, Aarakshan (2011), Kurbaan (2009). Forget those films. Just check out his performances. He could do with much better movies. Surely. Seriously."[40]


Soundtrack album by
Released15 June 2012 (2012-06-15)
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelEros International
Pritam chronology
Ferrari Ki Sawaari

The film score for Cocktail was composed by Pritam, with lyrics by Irshad Kamil. The rights of a famous Pakistani Sufi song were bought for the film. "Alif Allah" (a celebration of Allah, Islamic prophet Muhammad and other Khalifs), originally sung and popularised by Pakistani Punjabi folk singer Arif Lohar,[41] was revised.

"Angreji Beat", a Punjabi song sung by Yo Yo Honey Singh and featuring Gippy Grewal, is also used in the title credits, as well as the trailer, though hasn't been included in the album. One of the songs "Main Sharaabi" has been composed by Singh and sung by Pritam.. The background score is composed by Salim-Sulaiman.

Track listing
1."Tumhi Ho Bandhu"Irshad KamilKavita Seth, Neeraj Shridhar4:42
2."Daaru Desi"Irshad KamilBenny Dayal, Shalmali Kholgade, Neeraj Shridhar4:30
3."Yaariyan"Irshad KamilK. Mohan, Shilpa Rao6:18
4."Second-Hand-Jawaani"Amitabh BhattacharyaMiss Pooja, Neha Kakkar, Nakash Aziz4:03
5."Tera Naam Japdi Phiran"Irshad KamilJaved Bashir, Nikhil D'Souza, Shefali Alvares3:39
6."Luttna (Saif Ul Malook)"Irshad KamilMasuma Anwar, Sahir Ali Bagga, Anupam Amod5:01
7."Alif Allah (Jugni)"Arif LoharArif Lohar, Harshdeep Kaur6:57
8."Yaariyan (Reprise)"Irshad KamilSunidhi Chauhan, Arijit Singh5:14
9."Luttna (Version 2)"Irshad KamilMasuma Anwar, Sahir Ali Bagga, Anupam Amod4:44
10."Tera Naam Japdi Phiran (Remix)"Irshad KamilJaved Bashir, Nikhil D'Souza, Shefali Alvares4:11
11."Main Sharaabi" (Music by: Yo Yo Honey Singh)Irshad KamilYo Yo Honey Singh4:25
12."Angreji Beat" (Music by: Yo Yo Honey Singh)Yo Yo Honey SinghYo Yo Honey Singh, Gippy Grewal 


The music album of Cocktail received highly positive reviews. "Tumhi Ho Bandhu", "Daaru Desi" and "Second-Hand-Jawaani", which featured the 3 leads became chartbusters. "Tumhi Ho Bandhu" paved the way to #1 at the Radio-Mirchi Top-100 Countdown.

Box office[edit]


Cocktail had an excellent opening of 75–80% on average at multiplexes and having bumper opening at many multiplexes of North India at around 100%.[42] The film had a very good first day as it collected around 108 million (US$1.5 million) nett on day 1.[43] It showed good growth on Saturday as it collected 118 million (US$1.7 million) nett.[44] Cocktail had an extraordinary weekend at multiplexes than single screens as it notched up business of around 36.7 million (US$510,000) nett from both.[45] Cocktail held up well on Monday as it collected around 60 million (US$840,000) nett[46] Cocktail collected around 50 million (US$700,000) nett on Tuesday . The business after 5 days is approx 468 million (US$6.6 million) nett.[47] Cocktail did good business in its first week as it collected 545 million (US$7.6 million) nett approx at the domestic box office, making it the first multiplex-targeted film to cross the 500 million (US$7.0 million) mark in the first week.[48] Cocktail grossed 173 million (US$2.4 million) nett approx in week 2.[49] Cocktail fell badly in its third week due to new releases. The film has collected 730 million (US$10 million) nett in 3 weeks. It was declared a box-office hit.[7] In the domestic market, its final figures came at 750 million (US$11 million).[50] The film's final all-India distributor share was 373 million (US$5.2 million)[51]


Cocktail opened well in overseas markets. The opening was around $2.6 million.[52] Cocktail dropped in its second weekend and has grossed 207 million (US$2.9 million) in 10 days.[53] The film eventually collected US$4.50 million overseas.[54]

Home media[edit]

Cocktail was released on DVD and VCD by Eros International on 13 September 2012. The DVD is a 2-Disc edition, having Bonus Features on a separate DVD along with. The Blu-ray of Cocktail was released on 29 September 2012, again a 2-Disc edition (Blu-ray + DVD) with Bonus Features on the DVD. The film is also made available on Eros Now


Year Award Category Awardee Result
2012 Vogue Beauty Award Best Female Debut Diana Penty Won
UK Bollywood Cosmopolitan Award
Smita Patil Memorial Award Best Actress Deepika Padukone Won
2013 Filmfare Awards Best Actress Nominated
Best Actress (Critics) Nominated
Best Music Director Pritam Nominated
Best Female Playback Singer Kavita Seth Nominated
Producers Guild Film Awards Best Actress Deepika Padukone Nominated
Zee Cine Awards Best Actor – Female Nominated
BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Film Actor - Female Nominated
Best Actress (Critics) Won
IIFA Awards Best Actress Nominated
Screen Awards Best Actress Nominated
Stardust Awards Best Drama Actress Nominated
TOIFA Awards Best Actor – Female Nominated
Best Actor (Critics) - Female Won
5th Mirchi Music Awards Song of The Year "Tumhi Ho Bandhu" Nominated[55]
Album of The Year Pritam, Irshad Kamil, Amitabh Bhattacharya
Female Vocalist of The Year Kavita Seth - "Tumhi Ho Bandhu"
Music Composer of The Year Pritam - "Tumhi Ho Bandhu"
Upcoming Male Vocalist of The Year Javed Bashir - "Tera Naam Japdi Phiran (Version 2)"


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