‘Looop Lapeta’: Taapsee Pannu, Tahir Raj Bhasin Starrer To Be First Bollywood Film To Get COVID-19 Insurance
The Indian Government’s decision to ease restrictions for filming has been welcomed by many. During an exclusive interview with the cast of Betaal, actors Viineet Kumar, Manjiri Pupala, and Aahana Kumra expressed how necessary it is for actors and the crew that’s involved in the making of a film or TV show to go back to work because it’s their only source of income. But the coronavirus is a disease that doesn’t differentiate between the needy and the privileged. It just does its sh*t. So, the only way to fight it is being staying prepared and Looop Lapeta is showing the way.
For the uninitiated, Looop Lapeta is the official remake of Run Lola Run which is a 1998 German movie written and directed by Tom Tykwer. That movie starred Franka Potente as Lola and Moritz Bleibtreu as Manny. The story revolved around the couple and how Lola had to go on a mission to obtain 100,000 Deutsche Mark within twenty minutes to save her boyfriend’s life. The titular role is going to be played by Taapsee Pannu and Tahir Raj Bhasin is going to star alongside her. The movie is slated for a January 2021 release. So, in order to make that happen, it is apparently getting a COVID-19 insurance.
According to News18, Atul Kasbekar, one of the producers of Looop Lapeta, said that,
“We are still in talks with a legal expert, Anand Desai. What a COVID-19 insurance will essentially entail is the same as what an accident insurance covers. Insuring a film so far entailed guarding the film against unforeseen incidents like illness of an actor or occurrence of natural calamities leading to delays in the film schedule. Because COVID-19 is relatively new, we are still working upon the details but essentially works in a similar fashion. For instance, a crew member tests positive, the entire movie crew might have to be possibly quarantined. In that case, the producers will be covered from the money they are spending on days lost.”
He further added that,
“There are a lot of permutations and combinations to be worked upon. But one of the key things to keep in mind is that a fair number of people will potentially be exposed at a film set and filmmakers trust a certain set of people on the job. So, in case, the DOP of a film were to test positive mid-film, it is likely to stall the shoot of the movie till he recovers or till a suitable replacement is found in double quick time to retain the visual language of the motion picture. So there are these points being discussed. Tanujj and I are working on a draft of the insurance and hoping that it materialises soon.”
While talking about Looop Lapeta‘s filming schedule, Kasbekar said,
“Given the fact that it’s largely an outdoorsy film, we cannot risk a shoot in the rains. Though Goa has opened up for tourists, the risk of shooting with a large unit is far too many. We can logically resume shooting the film post monsoon. So if all goes well, sometime post Diwali is what we are eyeing.”
In my opinion, this is one way to go about it because we’ve done little-to-nothing to stop the coronavirus. Yes, on paper, we’ve done a bunch of lockdowns and whatnot, but if they were so successfully executed, every single state wouldn’t have been doing lockdowns again in an attempt to try and curb the spread. So, we are left with two options. Either we’ve to live with the virus or move to New Zealand. The latter is very far-fetched. So, I think that trying to come up with a process that will help the business side of things of Bollywood and ensure that they don’t suffer further losses is the better option right now.
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