Anupama Chopra's review: Cocktail

By Hindustan Times

Direction: Homi Adajania
Actors: Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, Diana Penty
Rating: ***1/2

If Bollywood conferred titles on its filmmakers, then Yash Chopra would be The High Priest of Romance and Imtiaz Ali would be his heir apparent. Imtiaz, who has directed love stories such as Jab We Met, Love Aaj Kal and most recently Rockstar, is a keen observer of heartache and the manners of beautiful people in big cities. In Cocktail, he functions as a co-writer. He creates a love triangle that references Archie's comics, the 1980s television show Three's Company and the oeuvre of Aditya Chopra-Karan Johar (foreign locales, decadent Western lifestyle, superior Indian values) and yet feels new.

It helps that the material is directed by Homi Adajania, whose first film Being Cyrus was a dark, twisted look at a dysfunct