Apex’s thoughts- From ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’ to ‘Cocktail’ –the ‘menage-a- trois’ Bollywood conundrum

 

Apex left it is a comment here but I decided to make it into a separate post.

 

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I have liked both these flicks a lot but let me clarify that neither of them is very ‘significant’ or ‘great’. Infact neither of them are even worthy of lengthy debates and dissection of minutiae. What did catch my attention is the way Cocktail got misinterpreted, dissed and maligned without even being given a chance. Of course, Vicky Christina Barcelona (VCB) wasn’t exactly the same film (though similar and some would be indignified at this comparison), but VCB was spared a similar plight because of the names associated with it ( Woody Allen) and the unmistakable ‘subservience’ of Bollywood commentators about most Hollywood products especially the one with big names. I may come to VCB separately in a different post maybe (if mood permits), but lets tackle the Bollywood variant/manifestation called Cocktail directed by Homi Adjania, co-written and produced by Imtiaz Ali.

What will happen if Woody allen makes a film for Bollywood audience and sensibilities? Not sure of the product but am sure of the result—‘failure’ on the box office front (the same critics who laugh at cocktail may be more lenient there though).
Cocktail brings together some very interesting influences and to appreciate this, it is important to get down from the ‘intellectual high-horses’ and exit atleast briefly the domains of pseudo-intellectual ghettos one finds peace and reassurance in!
Even within this much-maligned ‘rom-com’ llght genre, it is much easier to defend a VCB than a Cocktail! So expectedly, I shall choose the more difficult job. Infact, most will even find this comparison to Allen ‘misplaced’ or even ‘outrageous’. I am aware that some of the readers who requested me to write this are not aware of the conventional ‘Bollywood traditions’. To understand the nuances, to the uninitiated, a prelude of the influences that go into this film—

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One comment on “Apex’s thoughts- From ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’ to ‘Cocktail’ –the ‘menage-a- trois’ Bollywood conundrum

  1. To add a disclaimer-
    This is NOT based/reflective on any person(s) living or dead and just some thoughts on this ‘film’ & it’s reactions. Any resemblance(s) are entirely ‘co-incidental’.
    Apart front he numerous discussions on other blog(s), some Bollywood naive ‘buddies’ asked me to joy something on it-& has been posted elsewhere as well. Hence the background of the ‘influences’ that went in.
    Credit also due to the Toronto based ‘dolce & namak’-after jotting some points came across her write-up and nearly fully agreed. Wanted to post this link in her reply column of the thread-but somehow not going thru-if someone can post it there-will be great -cheers/ enjoy

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