Director: Nagesh Kukunoor

Star Cast: Rannvijay Singh, Ayesha Takia Azmi, Raghuveer Yadav, Tanvi Azmi, Anant Mahadevan and Nikhil Ratnaparkhi

Rating:  Average

Story Line: The story of the film revolves around bubbly Aranya (Ayesha Takia Azmi) who lives in some cool and idyllic hill station Ganga, with her whacky father Ashok Mahadeo (Raghubir Yadav), the head of the local fan club of Kishore Kumar and fiery Gayatri Garg, "GG", her aunt.
Mountains, waterfalls, greenery, and Ayesha Takia- they all have one thing in common: they are pleasing to the eye. You get plenty of all this eye candy throughout the film, including a little train that winds through these pretty hills.

Aranya runs a watch repair shop and is happy the way her life is moving with her sweet family until a stranger Andy (Ranvijay) enters her life. Andy lands up at her shop to get his watch fixed. This soon becomes a regular affair as that’s the only way he can meet her. These meetings soon lead to love. The story takes a ‘mod’ when he breaks the ice by introducing himself as her former class-mate. Now you must be wondering what’s the twist here? Well, there is turn, and a spooky one too when Aranya discovers through her school security guy that Andy had met with an accident ten years ago and passed away.  

Thumbs Up: Though tuoted to be director Nagesh Kukunoor’s first full romantic film, Mod rests on a very engaging plot which is much beyond romance. The portrayal of the character of Andy (who actually turns out to be Abhay) is worth appreciating.  It is a treat to watch him enact his role with such confidence.
Ayesha lives up to the expectations of the character. She looks graceful and acts well.

Raghuveer Yadav as a Kishore Kumar fan is completely natural. Tanvi Azmi is brilliant as an agony aunt. Anant Mahadevan and Nikhil Ratnaparkhi play their parts well.

Interesting storyline, power-packed performances, dialogues and an intelligent direction are the strength of this film. Cinematography is ‘A’ class.

Always perceived to be a serious filmmaker, Nagesh Kukunoor breaks the jinx of falling flat as far as the genre of romance is concerned. Mod compels one to leave the bad memories of his first ever attempt in the genre ‘Bombay to Bangkok’ and witness something which has both its heart and soul in place.

Thumbs Down: Music is the drawback and in fact it adds to the torture of a dull screenplay in the background. The climax could've been more powerful in terms of writing, as it doesn’t complement the flow with which the narrator unravels the plot. The continuous repetition of scenes makes movie dull and boring. Editing, if crisp, could have helped the dragged screenplay.

The initial 40 minutes wear out one’s patience, when Nagesh Kukunoor introduces each character. Post interval, as the story unfolds with hard to predict twists, things fall in place for Mod.

(JPN)

(*Bad,**Disappointing,***Average ,****Good,*****Excellent)