Why did crowds throng to watch the latest released flick, Cocktail? The reason I went to catch up a show on Sunday (even as it pinched my pocket hard) was because of its name .The cocktail of real life as I interpret is a reckless mixture of the choices we make in our lives, our impulses which lead us toward certain situations and of course how can we forget the little jhatkas given by our kismet to complete this heady concoction. As expected the theatre was jam packed, is this then a typical masala movie with pretty actors and a huge budget? I started thinking, already preparing to hate it.
Despite the movie’s loose plot and very predictable storyline the fact is the movie did strike a chord with the youngsters, perhaps because we all are like the good natured and impulsive. Veronica (I do not think that she is spoilt, just because she is rich and her character says so in the movie) who is desperate for love, a flirtatious Gautam trying to balance his own expectations from life and the expectations of his mummyji and the Plain Jane, Meera who is your typical goody-two-shoes girl trying to come terms with her difficulties. All of us struggle to mix a cocktail of suitable partner, suitable job, suitable friends and all said and done we all crave for the ‘happys endings’.
The problem is when it doesn’t turn out that way for some of us. Like in the movie the hero marries a demure, virginal, and covered head to toe, Meera and not the highly independent, articulate and uninhibited Veronica. The movie Tanu Weds Manu tries to break free from this formula as an NRI ‘good boy’ vies for the love and attention of a headstrong, wily, rustic, small town girl and eventually marries her despite all her rebellions.
The movies mirror the society ,still the makers of this movie risk to send out a message that whatewer cocktail you choose in your life, the final choice should be socially acceptable.As,in the movie Namesake, ‘a well meaning aunty’ advices the hero to ultimately get married to a, ‘good Bengali girl’. The question which then remains is how many of us would dare to be ‘Veronicas’ even as (apparently), ‘bad’ girls do not get, ‘good boys ‘and the ‘bad boys’ ultimately end up with ‘good girls’ as they ‘change’ them at least according to the movie.
It was slightly disturbing to see that the audience actually clapped (though am still unsure whether they were genuine or mocking) for the Gautam’s, pyar ki jeet as he eventually patoed Meera and a beaming Veronica looked on.
– Preeti Kulkarni