An athlete is injured, she’s hung up her running shoes, it’s her birthday and she wants to jump off the terrace.
A gambler who loses is regularly punched on the face at the den he frequents.
But he’s not about to jump off like her. In fact, he jumps in time to save her.
That’s how Savina (Taapsee Pannu) meets Satya (Tahir Bhasin), the man with a dozen smiles. It was love at first fight for him.
One look at the characters and you know director Aakash Bhatia is going to have fun all the way. Light-hearted and funky-different with a nose stud on Satya’s nose, a ring under Savi’s, the dialogues are peppy-different too. ‘Screw him in all caps,’ says a jeweller’s son about his tight-fisted father. Literally, as his sibling and he are writing out a message for dad.
With five writers on board, everybody’s a little twisted. Satya’s boss Victor (Dibyendu Bhattacharya) has his fist inside the turkey he’s stuffing, a turkey he lovingly named James before readying it for the table. But that’s not how he makes his money.
Jacob (Sameer Kevin Roy) the taxi driver is in tears and shoos away his passenger. He wears his heart on the dashboard – Jacob loves Julia (Shreya Dhanwantary). But Julia is all set to wed steady-income call centre suitor Robert (Alistair Bennis).
Two brothers Appu and Gappu (Manik Papneja, Raghav Raj Kakker) plot to steal from their father at his jewellery store.
A cop, a fish-seller and a gym-owner dad who’s gay keep popping up.
It’s a one-line plot. Savi’s pregnant. Satya has lost Rs 5 million that belongs to his boss. Savi runs all over Goa to help him make that sum.
Only, the same sequence of events with the same set of characters keeps getting reset for Savi, so she must correct her mistakes on the next loop and save Satya.
The sprinkling of humour continues.
Each time the Rs 50 lakh (5 million) creeps into the conversation, it’s repeated several times, the astonishment intact.
The cinematography (Yash Khanna) is interesting. Like the red tint on the terrace in the opening suicide sequence or red as the focal colour while the rest of the props flaunt a variety, or the overuse of green right down to fluorescent flashes on her shoes.
Although she’s at ease as Savina, Taapsee Pannu’s performance is like a re-run of all her previous work – the rebel without a pause, most times a rebel without a cause too. Like this time she spars with her father and wears a nose ring as a display of her attitude. Irrespective of whether it’s Manmarziyaan, Haseen Dilruba or Looop Lapeta, her bullet-speed dialogue delivered with calculated casualness remains unchanged.
Flashing his dimples, Tahir Bhasin is cool as Satya.
Shreya Dhanwantary steals the scene where she has a bridal meltdown with a long monologue.
If you’ve seen Tom Tykwer’s Run Lola Run, you know the rhythm. Looop Lapeta follows the same experimental beat. And it works.