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Savi (Taapsee Pannu) must race against time to save her boyfriend Satya (Tahir Raj Bhasin), who ends up losing a large sum of money that must be delivered to a mobster.
What if life gives you three attempts to make things right and evade death? Directed by Aakash Bhatia and set in Goa, Looop Lapeta is a quirky Hindi adaptation of acclaimed 90’s German thriller ‘Run Lola Run’ by Tom Tykwer. Taapse steps into the shoes of Franka Potente albeit, with a little more time to gather the money. Savi, the former sprinter has 80 minutes, unlike Lola’s 20, to run around and come up with ₹50 lakh. The highlight of the story is the time-loop which enables her three attempts to recover the cash in different ways and stay alive. How does this madcap comedy-race against time thriller unravel?
Taapsee Pannu running in movies without a care in the world is such a mood. The actress deserves credit for her relentless and consistent effort to play unconventional characters and tell varied stories. Every Taapsee film comes with a promise of being different and that itself is a huge achievement for the actress. Looop Lapeta, too is a hysterical ride with a time ticking premise that gives you the impression of being on a roller coaster. True to the original in spirit and execution, the Hindi adaptation manages to create its own engaging mad world and identity.
Almost an hour more than the original in duration, the sense of urgency feels compromised in order to establish the ensemble characters. While you are plagued by the recurring feeling that the film could have been shorter, the unhurried gamble does pay off once the film progresses. The original was rightly ‘experimental’ and ahead of its time in storytelling. A string of time loop series and films have emerged since, including Netflix’s Russian Doll. The genre however, is still relatively new in Hindi language entertainment and Looop Lapeta is a welcome change.
Each loop sees Savi finding herself in a Goblin green bathroom and getting a frantic phone call from Satya, pleading her to save his life. Each loop ends with a death, barring one. You see the two reliving these horrid 80 minutes thrice. Though the inescapable time loop concept can seem repetitive, a talented team of writers that include Vinay Chhawal, Arnav Nanduri along with Bhatia ensure otherwise. The adapted screenplay is simplified a bit to not alienate the Indian audience. The humour is largely situational and thus effective.
The music and animation department, too play a crucial role in making this film as trippy, twisty and funny as planned. A panicky Taapsee, Tahir and the supporting cast; each character must succumb to desperate measures to save the day and they all do it well.