Director Nagesh Kukunoor, who had famously shunned love stories, steps into this forbidden territory with Mod, a romantic film in which nobody says “I love you”
“Why a love story?” asks director Nagesh Kukunoor. His brow is furrowed in concentration, but he is otherwise unruffled. The director who presented a new cinematic language in films such as Rockford and Hyderabad Blues, had famously said that he would never venture into the territory of “love stories”.
But Cupid has finally got Kukunoor, 44. The director’s latest venture, Mod, is a love story set in a utopian hill town. At Hotel Crowne Plaza, Delhi, he talks about his new passion:
Mod is a remake of a Taiwanese film, Keeping Watch. Why did the film leave an impression on you?
Mod is not exactly a remake of Keeping Watch. Only the soul of the film is identical. I watched Keeping Watch, as a jury member of the Asian Festival of First Films in Singapore in 2008. Immediately, I saw my version, set in a utopian small town India. In the first 15-20 minutes, I had already made up my mind.