Cocktail is an upcoming Bollywood romantic comedy film directed by Homi Adajania under Saif Ali Khan's banner Illuminati Films. The film stars Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone in lead roles, who star in their third film together after Love Aaj Kal and Aarakshan. The film will be based on a love triangle with debutante Diana Penty also starring opposite Khan in a lead role. Randeep Hooda, Dimple Kapadia and Boman Irani will feature in key roles. The film will release 13 July 2012.
Gautam (Saif Ali Khan) is an incorrigible flirt, who runs after every girl he sees. Meera (Diana Penty) is a pretty girl with desi values and attire, who comes to London from Delhi for a fresh start. Veronica (Deepika Padukone) is the spoilt bombshell who loves partying and drinking. Though different from each other, these three are perfect friends staying under one roof until friendship becomes confusing, and love becomes complicated.
Imran Khan and Deepika Padukone were 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. However, the former was replaced by Saif Ali Khan, who decided to also produce the film under his production house Illuminati Films. Padukone was offered both the roles of Veronica and Meera, however the character of Meera was similar to her role in Love Aaj Kal and so she chose the role of Veronica as a challenge. Model Diana Penty, who was earlier supposed to play the female lead in Imtiaz Ali's Rockstar, was later signed on to Cocktail instead, on Ali's suggestion.
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. Pauls London, Colville Gardens (Notting Hill Gate), and Brick Lane. They have also had a schedule lasting 20 days in Cape Town, South Africa but faced problems due to the weather.
Padukone has gyrated to an English party song at the The 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. 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.
Release: (First Look)
Earlier, it was reported that the theatrical trailer of the film would be attached to the prints of Khan's previous home production, Agent Vinod, although the makers decided against this for unknown reasons. The official trailer was eventually launched on 21 May 2012, to an extremely positive response from critics and audiences, crossing 1 million hits on Youtube within 3 days.
The music of Cocktail will be composed by Pritam. The makers have bought the rights of a famous Pakistani song "Jugni", which has been revised slightly. Also, Angreji Beat (Punjabi song) sung by Gippy Grewal featuring Yo Yo Honey Singh, originally from Honey Singh's International Villager released in November 2011, will be used in the film. On 24 May, a friendship song "Tum Hi Bandhu" was released, sung by Neeraj Shridhar and Kavita Seth.
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