The upcoming Hindi film “Looop Lapeta” starring Taapsee Pannu and Tahir Raj Bhasin, explores these themes while capturing audiences’ attention through a flawless and gripping narrative.
In a recent interview with online media, the film’s director Aakash Bhatia and his lead actors discussed the technical aspects of the film, how they influenced the performances, and their approach to the characters.
Aakash states that the camera itself was a character in the film. He said, “We’ve taken a process-driven route (for photography) that’s aesthetically pleasing and helps tell a story like this in a compelling way.”
Strong pre-production translated into rock-solid production with emphatic clarity, as the director says, “All the devices and techniques that we used are all part of this sort of narrative deliverance.”
“All the editing and design of the film was pre-conceived, we created a lot of edits with the editor and the cinematographer together.”
Breaking down the production process further, he adds, “Dividing shots and storyboarding allowed us to make sure we knew exactly what we were going to do. And when we were on set, we just improvised with the performances. and were getting those Similarly, on the edit, once we broke the beat and the beat, it was about making sure the performance was on top of it all.
Taapsee agrees with his director and explains how such dynamic cinematography adds to the performance as the thought of a camera operating up close plays on the mind.
She says, “I don’t look at the monitor anyway. You have to be constantly aware of the surroundings when playing and I think the awareness should always be there.”
Tahir, who plays Satya, explains his approach to body language and voice modulation for the character.
“I would say he’s erratic and inconsistent in his body language because he’s so reactive to his outside circumstances. I actually had to tap into the younger version of myself at school or college where there was a lot more energy and the body language was all over the place.”
Talking about his idea of voice modulation, he adds, “Satya is a bundle of energy and when it comes to voice, his pitch is slightly higher than my voice and his rhythm is also much faster when he speaks, especially under high pressure conditions.”
Taapsee has already explored sprinting with “Rashmi Rocket”.
Ask her if that helped sculpt her performance as a former athlete in ‘Looop Lapeta’ and she jokes, “I happened to have to do Rashmi’s sprint scenes which are the races and immediately after that , I had to jump in racing parts of ‘Looop Lapeta’ in Goa.”
“So it lined up organically so that my training for ‘Rashmi Rocket’ was used here without hurting me because I was running on surfaces like trails and roads for this movie. ‘Rashmi Rocket ‘ involved professional racing on tracks, which is a safer way to race.
“I’m glad I finished the running part of Rashmi before I got into this. The script was written in a way where Rashmi ended and ‘Looop Lapeta’ started.” Tahir’s character’s acting smile is essential in the film.
Revealing how long it took him to crack that smile, he says: “I guess about a week because the challenge was really that there were a lot of smiles and how to tell them apart from each other.”
“More importantly, how do you define or differentiate Satya’s smile from your own smile in life, because then there would be a danger of everyone calling one of your smiles a game smile.”
“Through this interview, I would like to let everyone know that all smiles are inspired by Aakash Bhatia,” he says and the team signs.