– BY REEMA CHHABDA
Savi (Taapsee Pannu), a dejected athlete, finds hope and love in her impulsive boyfriend Satya (Tahir Raj Bhasin) in Looop Lapeta. They subsequently find themselves in a position where Savi must race against the clock to save her beau, who has carelessly misplaced a mobster’s money on a local bus. You’ll have to watch the movie to find out what happens next.
For a while, Looop Lapeta moves at an obtuse pace that shifts from confusion to frustration. The latter could be because you’re curious about what will happen in that setting, and the screenplay takes a long time to get there.
You will not be misled by the title. The narrative is engaging and compelling because of the mythological aspect of the loop-de-loop plot. To help with some swift rewinding in the story, the writer cleverly interweaves the comparison of the epic tale of Satyavan and Savitri.
Bhatia and his team have created a film that is both ambitious and competent. Looop Lapeta is at least 50 minutes longer than Run Lola Run and has additional subplots that some may find unneeded, but which we thoroughly loved.
The camerawork, which is often up close, is disorienting. You anticipate speech bubbles to explode out of the characters’ mouths against the bright colours, graphic images, and pounding music. With its visual whirl, it hopes to appeal to a generation with short attention spans while also distracting you. Looop stands out from Lola by mixing flair and quirkiness with the story’s substance and structure, and even paying respect to Franka Potente’s Lola.
Yash Khanna’s captivating camera work imbues the narrative structure. The use of animation, split screen montages, and a deeper colour palette fit the hectic pace and urgency. The background scores of Rahul Pais and Nariman Khambata complemented the tireless pursuit of a more favourable outcome.
Satya gets infected by Tahir Raj Bhasin’s frenzy, which alternates between manic and mischievous. He’s the likeable character, despite his poor mistakes. Taapsee Pannu has a lot on his plate, from running to finding out how to get out of the loop. They have a natural ease about them, as if they’ve known one other for a long time.
In a nutshell, Looop Lapeta works as a whole because of its unconventional plot, stylistic storytelling, and Taapsee Pannu & Tahir Raj Bhasin’s performances.