Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai? to release Pan-India on 12 April 2019
Nandita Das and Manav Kaul starrer, Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai?, an official remake of cult classic by Saeed Akhtar Mirza to release Pan-India on 12 April 2019
The official remake of cult classic Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai? to release Pan-India on 12 April 2019.
The modern take stars Nandita Das, Manav Kaul and Saurabh Shukla who will step into the shoes of Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi and Smita Patil who starred in the old classic directed by Saeed Akhtar Mirza.
Written and directed by Soumitra Ranade of Jajantaram Mamantaram fame, the modern take of the classic explores the theme of personal and societal struggle in today’s times.
Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai? epitomizes the anger felt by the common man in contemporary India – in the face of continued political, social and cultural breakdown. Albert is angry at the hypocrisy and corruption. He is angry at the mammoth fraud on humanity. He is angry with the class, which rules the country. Above all he is angry with himself – for being a powerless spectator.
The film is produced by Soumitra Ranade, Golden Ratio Films, Paperboat Design Studios, Templetree Motion Pictures, Vikram Saxena, Jagmeet Singh, Noopur Raje, Pinke Ankur Patel and No Guts No Glory Films
Talking about the release of the film Director Soumitra Ranade Says, “I think India is angrier now than it has ever been before. It is angry against the system that has continually failed its people. With no real hope of change, this anger spills out brutally, either on news channels or through social media.
Our interpretation of anger in the form of this film is extremely relevant to the times that we are living in. Resistance, rebellion and revolt are basic human rights perhaps as important as food, shelter and education. If we suppress these for too long there will be bottled up anger of an entire nation that will explode sooner rather than later.
The film echos the voice of the people and through its release, it is only natural that it reaches back to them.”
Manav Kaul talking about the release says, “Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai? is a really special and iconic film but we are trying to show that story through a new perspective. We have made this film with a lot of hard work and honesty. It was exciting to work with Soumitra and Nandita.”
Getting into the shoes of Naseeruddin Shah, Manav Says, “It was a daunting task for me. The expectations are going to be high for when you are portraying a character which is still so relevant and is played by a much loved actor like Naseer sir. I knew I had to portray Albert Pinto with a lot of respect, dignity and heart.
Nandita Das talking about the release and her work experience says, “Sometimes you do a film for reasons more emotional. I did it for nostalgia and for the director. Soumitra is one of the finest human beings I know and the journey of making Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai? was made special because of his commitment and passion to the story he so wanted to tell.”
Abhayanand Singh, CEO Golden Ratio Films says, “We are extremely delighted to launch our very exciting and diversified slate of films for 2019 – 2020 with a cult classic remake of Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Aata Hai? and bringing it back to life in today’s contemporary India.”
Directors Soumitra Ranade says, “Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai ? is a ‘conceptual remake’ of the cult film written and directed by Saeed Akhtar Mirza in 1980. The characters, their names etc. remain the same. What changes is their milieu, their belief systems, and their worldview – as also does the plot. However what remains constant is the disposition of Albert Pinto.
After 39 years, in 2019, Albert Pinto faces new challenges. He now lives in an India that champions economic liberalization. The dream of an equal India is long dead. Despite the creation of super highways and flyovers, countrywide cell phone connectivity, relentless construction of shopping malls and multiplexes, soaring share-markets and the bursting-at-the-seams development, most people in the country are unhappy.
There is stupendous price hike, the farmer suicides, the Maoist movement, the growing regionalism and factionalism, the terrorists onslaught, the rural poverty and the urban stress, religious fanaticism, unrestrained corruption… the list is never ending and Albert Pinto stands alone with his fervor for change and equality. He is the catalyst for transformation – from a lethargic, selfish and despondent middleclass, driven only by ideology of the Rupee – to an angry class, which begins to ask questions and demand answers.
For me, the film is a culmination of a prolonged, despairing struggle. Like Albert Pinto says in the film, “it was as if a bulb had been broken inside my stomach”. The making of the film meant removing each and every little piece of glass…carefully.”