Nagesh Kukunoor needs no introduction. Currently, he is undoubtedly one of the most renowned and respected directors of Bollywood. From Hyderabad Blues and Rockford to Iqbal and Dor, Nagesh has always been known for making beautiful meaningful films. His past few films Bombay to Bangkok, 8 X 10 Tasveer and Aashayein might have not been up to the mark, however, Nagesh is once again back teaming up with his favorite leading lady Ayesha Takia and the amazingly popular Rannvijay Singh, for his first ever love story. Also being Ayesha Takia's return on the big screen post the failure of Paathshaala, and Rannvijay Singh's first ever solo film; the success of Mod is extremely essential to its director as well as lead actors. So does Mod have that magic?
There are some love stories which make you fall in love with the concept of love. Mod is one such film. The best part of Mod is that it displays the essence of love. It makes you feel the warmth of love. You instantly fall in love with the story and its lead characters. Also, what works for the film is its simplicity. It shall remind you of those simple old-fashioned love stories. In spite of being an unusual love story, the treatment is extremely simple and clean which works for the film beautifully. Films of such a genre also usually tend to be depressing and dark; however, Mod is the complete opposite. It's light, cheerful and bright. The film might have a slow pace throughout; however, surprisingly the slow pace does not irritate or frustrate the viewer. Rather, it makes you enjoy the moments and its soothing flow. And thankfully, there are no over-the-top dramatic scenes. However, Mod does have its share of flaws too. Firstly, the characters seem to fall in love too quick. Also, the post-climax scene at the train station which goes on for 20 minutes absolutely drags. The film could definitely do with some trimming there. Some of the songs also seem quite unnecessary and forced.
Overall, this Mod is simple and beautiful. Nagesh Kukunoor's prowess and brilliant performances by Ayesha Takia plus Rannvijay Singh makes this film a must watch. It's definitely not for the Bollywood masala addicts. Mod is recommended for those with a heart! Mod makes you fall in love with the concept of love all over again. Strongly recommended!