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Taapsee Pannu, Tahir Raj Bhasin to collaborate on Looop Lapeta 

The film will be an adaptation of the German cult hit, Run Lola Run (1998). 

Photo: Courtesy Tahir Raj Bhasin Twitter

Shriram Iyengar

Taapsee Pannu and Tahir Raj Bhasin will attempt to recreate the manic energy of Franka Potente's heist in Looop Lapeta (2021). The news was revealed by Bhasin on social media. The film will be an adaptation of the 1998 German cult classic, Run Lola Run.

Produced by Ellipsis Entertainment and Sony Pictures India, the film will feature Pannu in the role of Franka Potente's manic girlfriend fighting against time to get over 100,000 Deutsche mark to get her boyfriend out of a tight spot. 

The production venture has been working on the script for a couple of years. The project will be helmed by Aakash Bhatia, who directed the second season of the Amazon Prime original, Inside Edge. 

Run Lola Run was known for its stream-of-consciousness style of narrative that moved in and out of a looped timeline. The film' stylised action and screenplay earned it nominations for the Golden Lion at the 1998 Venice Film Festival, as well as being the official German entry for Best Foreign Film at the Academy awards that year. 

This is the first project with Taapsee Pannu and Tahir Raj Bhasin in the leada. Speaking of the project, Atul Kasbekar, managing partner, Ellipsis Entertainment, said in a statement, "We are emotional about this film, as it was the first to get green-lit at Ellipsis after our company was formed. When Aayush Maheshwari approached us with the rights, we agreed immediately and invested the better part of three years in working on various versions and drafts to adapt the German film to suit an Indian context.

"Finally, after working closely with our writers Vinay Chhawal and Ketan Pedgaonkar, what we have in our midst, is absolute gold. We are excited about our first collaboration with Sony Pictures Films India, whose incredible marketing and distribution muscle will add tremendous value to this fun, edge-of-the-seat, thriller-comedy!" 

Tapsee already has the Anubhav Sinha film, Thappad, lined up for release on 28 February, with Rashmi Rocket and Haseen Dillruba to follow later. The actress also has the biopic on cricketer, Mithali Raj, titled Shabash Mithu set for release in 2021. 

Bhasin is currently awaiting the release of Kabir Khan's 83, where he plays Sunil Gavaskar alongside Ranveer Singh's Kapil Dev. 

Looop Lapeta will release in theatres on 29 January 2021.