Looop Lapeta Rating 2.5/5 & Rating
GRINDING LAPETA is the story of a girl in a race against time to save her boyfriend. Savina Borkar aka Savi (Taapsee Pannu) is an athlete from Goa. She is coached by her father Atul Borkar (KC Shankar) and it is his dream to make her a successful athlete. During a race, she stumbles and injures her knee so badly that she can no longer participate in races. She becomes depressed and wants to end her life when she falls on Satyajeet aka Satya (Tahir Raj Bhasin). Both fall in love and move in together. Satya wants to get rich using shortcut methods. He tries his hand at gambling, but does not get the desired result. He starts working for Victor (Dibyendu Bhattacharya), a gangster with a restaurateur. Meanwhile, Savi takes on the task of taking care of an octogenarian (Abdul Majid Shaikh). On the day of Savi’s birthday, while caring for the elderly patient, she finds out in his toilet that she is pregnant. She gets high from drugs and then Satya calls her. He is in a panic and tells her that Victor told him to deliver a package to a man and bring Rs in cash. 50 lakhs in return. Victor had given him 80 minutes to get the job done. Satya delivered the package and got the money. Returning to Victor’s restaurant on a bus, Satya begins smoking weed with a fellow passenger. The cops get on the bus at a bus stop. Realizing that Satya is smoking a banned substance, they try to catch him. A frightened Satya escapes the bus. After outsmarting the cops, he realizes he left the bag of money on the bus. So he calls Savi and asks for her help. Savi advises him to go to the bus depot where the bus goes. Satya does as instructed and even finds the bus. However, the bag is no longer there. Meanwhile, she runs away and meets her father, with whom she cut all ties after her accident and after she started dating Satya. Savi ask him to pay Rs. 50 lakhs. He immediately refuses. She gives him the middle finger and leaves. She gets into a cab driven by a man named Jacob (Sameer Kevin Roy). She asks him to take him to Satya. However, Jacob refuses as he is depressed as his girlfriend Julia (Shreya Dhanwanthary) is marrying someone else. An angry Savi breaks his side mirror. A police officer, David Colaco (Bhupesh Bandekar), witnesses Savi Jacob’s cab being destroyed. He follows her. Meanwhile, Satya, with no other option, tries to steal from a jewelry store called Shree Mamlesh Charan Chaddhaji & Sons Jewelers. It is run by Mamlesh (Rajendra Chawla), who treats his two sons Appu (Manik Papneja) and Gappu (Raghav Raj Kakker) in an abusive manner. As luck would have it, Appu and Gappu are fed up with the daily humiliations. They are also about to loot the jewelry store at the same time. Satya enters the store and steals money from the locker. As he is about to escape, Appu and Gappu enter. Savi arrives at the store and helps Satya escape. In the back alley, Satya and Savi rejoice as Mamlesh lands and shoots Satya dead. Suddenly, Savi finds himself back in the toilet with the pregnancy kit in hand. It takes a while before she realizes that she has traveled back in time. She receives a call from Satya informing him of the mess. She realizes she has another chance to save Satya’s life. What happens next forms the rest of the film.
LOOOP LAPETA is based on the German film RUN LOLA RUN from 1998 (written and directed by Tom Tykwer; produced by Stefan Arndt). The story is interesting and experimental. Not many movies in India have been shot in this genre, although GAME OVER  was based on the time loop concept and also starred Taapsee. However, one does not remember that at all, because LOOOP LAPETA has a completely different attitude and execution. The script, written by Vinay Chhawal, Ketan Pedgaonkar, Aakash Bhatia, and Arnav Vepa Nanduri, is entertaining in places, but the sidelines are weak. There was also plenty of room for humor, but the creators let the opportunity slip. The dialogues from Vinay Chhawal, Ketan Pedgaonkar, Aakash Bhatia and Arnav Vepa Nanduri (additional dialogue from Puneet Chadha) are funny and hilarious.
Aakash Bhatia’s directing is technically quite strong. He made great use of the music and camera work and gave the film a very stylish execution. The film is 135 minutes long, but it doesn’t feel boring or sluggish for a second. You’re completely immersed in the story and excited to see what happens next. On the other hand, the trace of Juliet is forced into the narrative. On the third try, Savi narrowly avoided colliding with Jacob and becoming involved in Julia’s problem. Nevertheless, she tries to help her escape. In doing so, she keeps aside the mission of rescuing her friend and arranging Rs. 50 lakhs in 50 minutes! Shockingly, on the third try she even goes to the casino on the cruise and one wonders how she took the time to do so many activities in under an hour! The lead of the jeweler’s sons plays a part in the main plot, but it’s too childish. As for the title of the father, it is well written but does not arouse any emotions.
Speaking of performances, Taapsee Pannu is excellent as always. The script may be flawed but she tries her best to rise above it and that makes the film worth seeing. Tahir Raj Bhasin is decent but seems out of place in some scenes. Dibyendu Bhattacharya is fit for the role. Shreya Dhanwanthary does a good job and her monologue is superb. However, as mentioned above, her track is unnecessarily thrown into the script. Sameer Kevin Roy is fine. Raghav Raj Kakker, who is fondly remembered for playing ‘Karamchand’ in the web series SCAM 1992 , and Manik Papneja try too hard to be funny. The same goes for Bhupesh Bandekar. Rajendra Chawla is slightly better. KC Shankar is passable. Abdul Majid Shaikh is cute. Alistar Bennis (Robert) and Varun Pande (Yash; Atul Borkar’s friend) are okay.
Music fades into the background and no longer lasts. The title track has an intoxicating atmosphere. ‘Beqaraar’ is a bit memorable. ‘Nirvana’ and ‘Tera Mera’ not impress. The background music by Rahul Pais and Nariman Khambata is exciting and fits the overall mood of the film. Yash Khanna’s cinematography is stylish and unique. Such camera work has rarely been seen. Aejaz Gulab’s action is realistic. The production design by Pradeep Paul Francis and Diya Mukerjea is a bit theatrical. Indrakshi Pattanaik’s costumes have the Goan stamp. The crop tops worn by Taapsee are quite chic. Priyank Prem Kumar’s cut is quite stylized. Last but not least, the title sequence and animation by Debjyoti Saha are memorable.
Overall, LOOOP LAPETA works because of Taapsee Pannu’s experimental plot, stylized narrative and performance. However, thanks to the gaps in the screenplay and the weak supporting tracks, the film turns out to be average fare at best.