I haven’t watched Homi Adajania’s Cocktail but from what I hear, it achieves something no different from the message sent by goons of the so called Hindu Janajagrana Vedike on Saturday who raided a resort in Padil, and thrashed and slapped girls for partying in “indecent clothes” and consuming, alcohol. Deepika Padukone’s Veronica was not thrashed literally maybe but was, am told, broken down… mind, body and soul in a film that packages moral policing in glossy, fruity colours and ultimately in the defeatist sub-text of how bad girls can find trouble but not love. So this group of men barged into a place called Morning Mist Home Stay at Padil and reportedly did what they did to protect our culture. I wonder, if the women were wearing sarees, would they have been spared? Just like Draupadi was? When she was almost disrobed in a royal court full of impassive onlookers? Who was to blame for what happened to her? Because we like to do that in this country. Blame the violation on the violated. Aah, we did, didn’t we? We blamed her for laughing at Duryodhana when he slipped and fell at Indrapratha. If only she hadn’t. Because you don’t expect a man to forget that kind of a slight now, do you?