Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai is one classic which I never watched so when I watched the remake starring Manav Kaul and Nandita Das, I genuinely didn’t have any expectations, which was probably the best approach.
Written and directed By Soumitra Ranade, Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai? (yes, this one has a question mark in the title), delves deep into the life of Albert Pinto (Manav Kaul), a middle-class man who has given up hope in life and scumbs to the darkness after due to a certain turn of events in his life. Consumed completely with the anger felt by commoners today due to systematic political, social and cultural evils, Albert begins to question the point of living in such a world.
Until the ‘90s, there was a clear demarcation between a masala flick and in realistic cinema. However, in recent times, that clear line has completely blurred with even the films, which tell a real and grounded story, can still be entertaining. But Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai? is not entertaining at all. (PS: if you're looking for entertainment stuff, then this one is not for you).
Manav Kaul and Saurabh Shukla deliver a packed performance, but the overall writing of the film lacks direction and focus. Nandita Das, who plays Stella, Albert’s girlfriend, I found her performance a little underwhelming at times but it was still a delight to see her on the big-screen and as a fan, I have missed her in movies.
Another annoying aspect of Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai? is its background score. We understand that it is a dark premise, but score made it feel like a low budget thriller from the ‘90s. The cinematography too is inconsistent. One thing that I did enjoy, probably the one thing is the chemistry between Saurabh Shukla and Manav Kaul.
Overall, Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai? is not a film for everybody, but if you are into the grounded, real-life storytelling which is dark and dramatic then give it a go. But, be warned that the film is one out of which, hope has been sucked out. To be honest, if the original film had the exact same storyline, I don’t think I would have enjoyed it either even if that is an unpopular thing today.