Cargo is another step forward in the right direction after JL50. God bless the OTT platforms that came to the rescue of such innovative films. Cargo is unlike anything we have seen before and is one of the most original films to come out of India. It has mythological/philosophical undertones and is a pathbreaking science fiction movie.
Set in outer space in 2027 the films deals with post death transition services (PDTS). The rakshasas have signed a peace treaty with the humans. Vikrant Massey plays a lonely demon named Prahastha who has the job of ensuring smooth transitioning of dead humans into their next lives. He has spent many years as an astronaut. He finally gets an assistant in the form of Yuvishka (Shweta Tripathi). He realises soon that he is set to retire because his cargos have started repeating themselves. The movie talks about life and death. There are many deaths shown, but all in a light vein.
Speaking of the performances, Vikrant Massey is excellent as usual, effectively depicting the loneliness and frustration of his character. Shweta Tripathi is good as his assistant, who starts losing her healing powers. Nandu Madhav, who plays their boss, is effective. Konkona Sensharma has a nice cameo. The background score is strictly functional with a catchy tune that plays a couple of times.
Arati Kadav makes an assured debut and she has to be applauded for bringing something so unique to this genre in spite of a tight budget. The problem lies in the fact that the film barely scratches the surface and lacks depth. It leaves you wanting more and it also demands your patience because of its slow pace. Having said that the concept is so innovative that you can't help but congratulate the makers.