What Happens After Your Death? In “Cargo”, you arrive at Post Death Transition Services aboard the Pushpak 634A spaceship, where the demon Prahasta (Vikrant Massey) tells you the cause of your death, heals you, and erases your memories. Outside, the cold war between humans and demons has reached a temporary truce.
His assistant is Yuvishka (Shweta Tripathi). She begins asking questions about the nature of his job and the people who have died, causing him to re-examine what he took for granted until now.
Arati Kadav makes a bold attempt at Indian cinema, by bringing in a sci-fi film that is unlike any other film made before.
Actors Vikrant Massey and Shweta Tripathi give their entirety to the roles of Prahastha and Yuvishka respectively. Prahastha is a legend on Earth and is something viewers can connect with due to her change in character throughout the movie. He hasn't gotten off the plane there in 25 years (a man in the movie even asks if they live in a parallel universe) and he comes from a time when social media was almost non-existent). The characters of Prahastha and Yuvishka are opposites: if she is an extrovert, he is an introvert, if he expresses himself well, he hides it perfectly. Yet deep down they are the same and the chemistry they share is mature and lovable at the same time.
It has interesting moments, for example, every person who works at IPDT has a superpower, from Naagin, to the claim to have the power to heal and become invisible. “Cargo” does not fail you for its pleasant elements, but it is not perfect either.
The film falls into the science fiction category, for which 'Star Wars' has set a high benchmark. “Cargo” however, deserves love for its honest attempt at the genre, and not a failed one like some films Bollywood has experimented with before.
The film premiered at the Mumbai Film Festival last year and was part of the official selections at the South By Southwest Film Festival, the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival and the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema. Written and directed by Arati Kadav, “Cargo” releases on Netflix on September 9.