The official remake of cult classic Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai? to release Pan-India on 12 April 2019.
Check out the trailer launched today
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 trailer launch of the film Director Soumitra Ranade says, “The trailer of our film reflects the sensibility of the film. It is edgy, thrilling and fast paced. I am sure the viewers will connect with the trailer. I am eagerly looking forward to their reaction.”
Manav Kaul talking about the film 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.”
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.
An alumnus of Sir J.J. School of Arts Mumbai and FTII Pune, Soumitra has been involved for the last 25 years in writing, directing and producing a wide range of animation and live-action projects in feature films, TV serials, documentaries and short experimental genres. His work has been showcased at various prestigious international film festivals including Toronto, Busan, Dubai, Oberhausen, IFFLA, River-to-River, Hiroshima, Mumbai, Rotterdam and many others.
His most famous works include the children’s feature films Jajantaram Mamantaram (writer/director) and Goopi Gawaiyaa Bagha Bajaiyaa (writer/exec. producer), animated TV Serials Karadi Tales and Bandbudh Aur Budbak and documentaries such as Khoob Asti Afghanistan? He has recently written-produced and directed a live action feature Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai? which will be releasing all over India in April 2019. He is currently involved with the pre-production of an animated feature Kabuliwala based on Rabindranath Tagore’s short story.
Soumitra has written and designed numerous books for children and has had three photography exhibitions.
About Paperboat Design Studios
Soumitra is the Co-Founder/Chairman of Paperboat Design Studios Pvt. Ltd. Paperboat has been involved in producing numerous projects ranging from feature films, TV serials, TV commercials and documentaries. They have animated numerous projects including Goopi Gawaiyaa Bagha Bajaiyaa (dir. Shilpa Ranade), Bombay Rose (dir. Gitanjali Rao) and Ghode Ko Jalebi Khilane Ja Raha Hoon (dir. Anamika Haksar).
About Golden Ratio Films
Golden Ratio Films, a subsidiary of Vistas Media Capital, is a Singapore based Film Production, Financing and Distribution entity investing across Feature Films, Short Films and Web Series. The entity is spearheaded by Abhayanand Singh and Piiyush Singh, the founders of Muvizz.com having produced successful short films like Kriti and Taandav in the past, and feature films including the highly anticipated Bhonsle starring Manoj Bajpayee releasing in 2019.
Golden Ratio Films is also releasing Dhanush’s maiden Hollywood film The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir in India, SAARC, Singapore, Malaysia and North America in English and Tamil in Summer 2019, along with producing/co-producing a slate of nine other mainstream feature films with leading directors and actors, that are currently ranging across pre-production to post-production stage and soon to be announced!
The Director Soumitra Ranade, Manav Kaul are available for telephonic interviews and Nandita Das is available for email interviews