'Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai?' (2019): Movie Review

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By Murtaza Ali Khan

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Soumitra Ranade's Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai? is a conceptual remake of the 1980 film directed by Saeed Mirza starring Naseeruddin Shah in the leading role. In other words, the only similarities between the two movies is the title and the fact that the central characters in both these fingers have the tendency to get angry. In Ranade's rendition we have Manav Kaul playing the lead character of Albert. The film also stars Nandita Das, Saurabh Shukla, and Omkar Das Manikpuri in important roles. 


Albert leaves his house one morning without telling anyone where he is going. His girlfriend Stella files a complaint with the police and when he doesn't return after days, she begins to fear. What she doesn't know is that Albert is traversing a road journey from Mumbai to Goa. Nayar who drives the vehicle accompanies him on his mission. Punctuating their cynical, witty and devastating conversations, we see Albert's flashbacks of a world where he and Stella try and weave a life together. Albert's anger stems from experiences that life has presented to him. It is this anger that is taking him on a journey to settle a score and enable him to lead a life of dignity and hope.

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Manav Kaul nails it while playing the enigmatic eponymous character in the highly atmospheric Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai? The first half of the movie overshadows the second half. Also, the climax leaves us at a place where we feel a bit underwhelmed. Writer-Director Ranade dares to ask difficult questions that our society generally refuses to address. At a time when Hollywood is unable to think beyond superhero films I am really happy to see such films getting made in India. The scenes that Kaul shares with Saurabh Shukla are pure gold. Another high point of the film is the unique chemistry that Kaul shares with Nandita Das. 

Rating: 7/10

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