Meera (Diana Penty) starts living with Veronica (Deepika Padukone), after she gets dumped by Kunal (Randeep Hooda). Meera is desi at heart, while Veronica is a party-animal and wild-child. However, they get close and become close friends within days. Then enter Gautam (Saif Ali Khan), who is a big flirt. He starts a torrid affair with Veronica and starts living with her. Meera dislikes Gautam due to his flirty behavior. But then Gautam and Meera fall in love.
You will see entertainment in the first half of the movie. Director tried to make a rom-com movie, which got complex in the second half. The film falls heavily in the post-interval portions. The first hour is fascinating and pleasurable, but the second hour is irritating with too many songs, and an over-stretched and a slow story.
The songs of Cocktail are very nice. Saif and Deepika team up third time after LOVE AAJ KAL and AARAKSHAN. Saif's acting as a flirt is amazing. He completely fits into his character. Deepika lets herself loose in her character and gives an incredible performance. Diana leaves a good impression on the audience in her acting debut. Her innocence and simplicity impresses a great deal. Dimple Kapadia as Gautam's North Indian mother is nice in her role. Boman Irani's also lives up to his role. Randeep Hooda's short character doesn't get much scope in the movie.
On the whole, COCKTAIL has a nice first half with humor, love, lust and the trendy look and styling, but the second half is equally disappointing as it is much overstretched without any strong screenplay. TRP gives Cocktail 2.3- stars out of 5!