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I'm going to go out on a limb and say Nagesh Kukunoor is back! Mod is quite, serene, sensitive and all that's good about his films. (even though Dor is still his best)

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Director: Nagesh Kukunoor
Running time: 125 minutes
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Mod takes its time to establish the characters and settle in. Meanwhile, as an audience you are absorbing the atmosphere of this little town named Ganga, where everyone knows everyone. You follow Ayesha (Ayesha Takia) as she goes about her daily routine and unknowingly you know so much about her life from just exposure to one day in her life. That "unknowingly" bit is the power of good story-telling.

Without realizing it, I knew and grew fond of Ayesha, a strong-headed woman, which is so important to register as the story moves on. Also, the combination of Ayesha Takia's cute, baby(?) face with the will of a girl who had to take care of herself from a very young age, make Ayesha (the character) even more likeable. Ayesha Takia portrays this girl with all her nuances - the fear, distrust, sure-headedness, uncertainties, feeling of being loved - she covers them all.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about Rannvijay Singh. I wouldn't say he disappointed, casting him wasn't fair to such a strongly written character. On the other hand, maybe a few films and characters later, he'd have been ready for this one.

A mentally unstable character is not an easy role to play for anyone. That the illness wasn't dramatized or glamorized was what endeared me to Mod. I'm pretty sure, some of the situations and reactions shown in the film are not medically correct, yet the entire story had an emotional angle to it which draws you to the story and its outcome.

Mod is a strong, serious story told with sensitivity and conviction. Welcom back, Mr. Kukunoor. How much ever, I like experimentation, I'm glad you are done with it, or at least are on a break.

- meeta, a part of the audience

21 reviewers(?) - 2 yays 7 so-so 12 nays

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Thumbs up, by Mehul Suri, Desi Martini : ...Crazy Stupid Love... full review

Thumbs up, Roochster : ...Interesting movie with big heart... full review

So-So, by Anna M.M.Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...A small, sweet, simple, slow moving film that has left with a pleasant feeling of positivity. ... full review

So-So, Daily Bhaskar : ...Mod is a one-time watch which won’t disappoint you due to its fresh concept.... full review

So-So, by Rahul Gangwani, Filmfare : ...Mod can be a decent one-time watch. ... full review

So-So, by Martin D'Souza, : ...Clean story with love, in its purest form... full review

So-So, by Swati Rohatgi, Now : only because of the scenic beauty and brilliant performances. ... full review

So-So, by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters : ...Must-watch if you are a movie buff and love romance.... full review

So-So, by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India : ...All the lead actors have lived their roles with an authenticity... full review

Thumbs down, by Aparajita Ghosh, Apun Ka Choice : ...'Mod' is slow and listless... full review

Thumbs down, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...MOD appeals in bits and spurts. That's about it! ... full review

Thumbs down, by Charu A Mahesh, Buzz in Town : ...Nagesh Kukunoor’s Mod doesn’t take you anywhere, so watch it only if you are an Ayesha fan.... full review

Thumbs down, by Mayank Shekhar, Hindustan Times : ...Wasted talent Raghuveer Yadav stands out. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...Let down by sloppy writing... full review

Thumbs down, by Shubhra Gupta , indian express : ...`Mod’, inspired by Taiwanese film ‘Keeping Watch’,... full review

Thumbs down, by Komal Nahta, koimoi : ...The depressing screenplay; the ordinary music.... full review

Thumbs down, Movie Talkies : ...Ayesha Takia shows a great deal of maturity in Aranya's role.... full review

Thumbs down, by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror : ...Turn Away... full review

Thumbs down, by Ganesh Nadar , Rediff : ...Mod is only for Ayesha Takia fans... full review

Thumbs down, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...Mind-numbingly bizarre... full review

Thumbs down, by Reel Reptile, Upper Stall : ...Rannvijay was duped by a complete lack of editing sense, and a serious case of writing schizophrenia.... full review

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Yay! Thumbs Up, by Anand Mandalika : Mausam being a benchmark for recent movies, this one's certainly very good. But is a bit overrated:(

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  • Violence: None
  • Language: Very clean
  • Nudity & Sexual content: Attempt to kiss, mention of kissing
  • Concept: That of following your heart and doing what you believe is right
  • General Look and Feel: Quiet and serene

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125 minutes

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@Anand :D I was indeed debating between, "The keen must watch on screen; else DVD" and "Watch on screen, preferably in theater" But, it felt unfair to not urge people to watch it.

Also, I didn't mind the Kishore Kumar and resort-company side-stories, because I think they added to what we knew about Ayesha. She had to be this strong person because her father was rather uninvolved and lived in a world of his own. The pressure of the loan was necessary for us to warm up to her so that we would want her to be happy in her love life at least.

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