Film Name: Looop Lapeta
Director: Aakash Bhatia
Cast: Taapsee Pannu, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Shreya Dhanwanthary
Streaming Platform: Netflix
Taapsee Pannu’s much-awaited film Looop Lapeta is finally out on Netflix and it hit the right chords. The film also stars Tahir Raj Bhasin got a shout-out from Run Lola Run star Franka Potente.
For the unversed, Looop Lapeta is a Hindi adaptation of the German hit Run Lola Run. Aakash Bhatia is the film’s director. Franka Potente played the lead actress in the original film, and Moritz Bleibtreu played her boyfriend. In Looop Lapeta, Tahir has stepped into Moritz’s shoes. On the day of the film’s release, Franka tweeted a special video message to the cast.
Franka Potente says in the video, “Hi guys, this is Franka. I think it is so exciting that you are shooting a remake of Run Lola Run after all these years. I am honoured. I think it’s really cool so I just wanted to wish you good luck. Good luck, Taapsee, you’ll be amazing and I can’t wait to see the film.”
Replying to Franka’s message, Taapsee Pannu wrote: “This makes it special looooooop number of times! Thank you, Franka! It’s launch day for Looop Lapeta and here we have the OG Savi, loooped along to win our hearts.”
Now let’s talk about the film. You have to ask why an Indian team would want to remake an experimental work of art with such a high status. After all, viewers who are interested in such material are more likely to see it in its original language, and many will have already seen it, robbing any new version of the element of surprise that was so important in the reception to Lola.
Looop Lapeta’s screenplay solves this worry by infusing the Hindi version of Lola’s story with a distinctly Indian element based on a well-known Hindu mythology story of loyalty and devotion, brilliantly turning it on its head, and turning it into one of the film’s overarching themes.
Taapsee Pannu is in such a mood when she runs around in movies without a care in the world. The actress deserves praise for her unwavering commitment to portraying unorthodox characters and telling diverse themes. Every Taapsee film promises to be unique, which is a significant accomplishment in and of itself. Looop Lapeta is another hilarious ride with a timer that gives you the feeling of being on a roller coaster. The Hindi remake manages to build its own engaging insane world and personality while staying true to the original in spirit and execution.
Savi finds herself in a Goblin green bathroom with each loop, receiving a frantic phone call from Satya asking her to save his life. Unless there is a death, each loop concludes with death. You can see the two of them relive the dreadful 80 minutes three times. Though the inextricable time loop notion may appear repetitious at first, a strong team of authors led by Vinay Chhawal, Arnav Nanduri, and Bhatia ensures that this is not the case. To avoid alienating the Indian audience, the revised screenplay has been simplified. The humor is mostly situational, which makes it effective.
The soundtrack and animation departments, too, play an important role in making this film as strange, twisting, and amusing as it is. Taapsee, Tahir, and the supporting characters are all panicked and must resort to drastic measures to save the day, which they all do admirably.