“No matter from where one chooses to begin, a loop is a loop, a globular entity that entraps and enervates. In Looop Lapeta – the loop in the title has three o’s to denote the triptych that constitutes the comic thriller – it also suggests the cycle of life that two down-on-luck lovers want to control, if not wriggle out of. Given what it is dealing with, Looop Lapeta has a legitimate reason to go round in circles.”
“What’s the point of remaking a 23-year-old film that in the first place wasn’t the ‘classic’ or ‘avant-garde’ work lazy nostalgia has made it out to be? Though critics over the years have read so many subtexts into it — free will, determinism, the ripple effect the minutest of our actions could have, etc. — Run Lola Run is little more than a flashy concept, a triumph of style over substance, whose visually arresting template acquired a certain cult status.”
“What the film seems to be pointing us towards is the possibility of people finding their own equilibrium and taking ownership of their lives if offered allyship rather than a messiah by those close to them… Or it could be something else altogether. The beauty of the source material and this remake is that it is so open-ended as to leave us scrambling with our take on its intentions.”
“Too much context is an Indian habit. It’s ironic that the makers want to leave nothing to chance in a film about chance. But Run Lola Run was, by nature, a technical experiment: all whimsy and motion, energy and pizzazz. Looop Lapeta gets the spirit of adaptation right. It adds without subtracting. It makes the love story more visible in a culture that aches for the renovation of romance. And it breathes. The frenetic blood rush of the original is supplied by a beating heart.”
Excerpts & links to reviews of Jhund by some of India’s topmost film reviewers Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Ganesh Deshmukh, Vicky Kadian Director: Nagraj Manjule India release date: Genre: Biography,...