Certificate: A

Director: Soumitra Ranade

Starring: Manav Kaul, Nandita Das, Saurabh Shukla

Written by: Soumitra Ranade

Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai? is a contemporary take, inspired by Saeed Akhtar Mirza’s original 1980 cult classic by the same name. 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. One early morning Albert Pinto (Manav Kaul) leaves his house without telling anyone where he is going. His girlfriend Stella, his mother and his brother Dominic are concerned about his safety. They file a missing complaint with the police and when he doesn’t return even after a few weeks, they begin to fear. But they don’t know that Albert is on a road jurney from Mumbai to Goa to finish his first assignment as a hitman. On the road he is accompanied by Nayar (Saurabh Shukla). Through their conversations the plot unfolds and adding to these conversations are Albert’s flashbacks. What happens next forms the rest of the film.

The film while attempting to make a ‘conceptual’ remake of the original, doesn’t change the essence nor does it add to it in anway. Neither does it try to change the story for modern socio-economic problems and that is the first problem with the film. The narrative doesn’t change and for the majority of the film seems weak. The remake in no way better than the original nor does it do any justice to it, rather falls flat.

Technically, the film is decent. Cinematography by Rahul De is good. Editing by Aarti Bajaj is decent as well. The screenplay is weak. The production design and costume design is good as well.

Performances from the cast keep the film afloat. Manav Kaul as the angry Albert is brilliant and he shines in the film. Nandita Das is okay but falls flat because of the writing. Saurabh Shukla is phenomenal and stands out in the film. The rest of the cast offer abled support.

Director Soumitra Ranade had a good thought behind making the film but fails to execute it.

2

At the box-office

The film is a non-starter!

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