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Cargo Hindi Movie Review: Vikrant Massey, Shweta Tripathi’s Netflix film is an ambitious, but a complex confluence of Hindu lore and sci-fi

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“Cargo” hindi movie is a science fiction, fantasy drama to be released, directed by Anurag Kashyap. The hindi film stars Shweta Tripathi, Vikrant Messi, Nandu Madhav in the lead roles.

The film was first released on 19 October 2019 at the Mumbai Academy of Moving Images.
The film was released on Netflix on 9 September 2020.
The trailer of the film is released on 7 September 2020.

Cargo Hindi Movie Review

The last time I saw a spaceship in Bollywood, it was Shirish Kunder’s Joker, and liked everything about the film, it was unintentionally hilarious. The first thing that impressed me the most about director Aarti Kadar is the spaceship where almost all the action is set – Pushpak 634A. For a film made on a very modest budget, the Pushpak 634A was a very impressive design, allegedly inspired by a jellyfish.

We also get a scene where Vikrant Massey’s character appears to be repairing a spaceship floating in space, another terrifying scene.

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The interiors of the spacecraft may look more like a set, but whenever we see the Pushpak 634A from outside, we get a hint of the grandeur of Kadava, clearly limited by money. And the simple premise is a glimpse into his extraordinary imagination.

Maal, which received good reviews at the MAMI Film Festival 2019, was picked up by Netflix and started streaming on stage from 9 September. The ‘cargo’ of the title represents dead souls, or dead humans with both their bodies and spirits intact, being transported to a recycling center to be reborn.

Carrying ‘cargo’ falls on astronauts like Pushpak 634A, operated by demons or guards like Pranashtri (Vikrant Massey), who work for post death transition services. In the beginning, even before the credits appear, there is a text about how demons have created a future for themselves and how there is agreement between humans and demons.

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Not sure if it was Netflix that added it, or the makers, but it’s pretty confusing. For one, it dilutes Vidya’s view that the film does a better job at further setting up. Secondly, it mentions the year 20, where events happen, yet we do not see much change in the Earth, and at one point, a character mentions ‘Salman Khan’. Is this a metaphor that has a deeper meaning than what I missed?

Anyway, moving forward, Prahlatt has been in the job for a very long time, a loner who transports his cargo, without being attached to his stories. Interestingly, the film also has an advertisement about The Loneliness Detective, which serves as a bully for Prahta’s position. Prahta’s constant companion is the mission control operative Nitya (Nandu Madhav) whom he communicates through visual transitions.

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Things change for her when the company sends her an assistant – a female astronaut Yuvishka (Shweta Tripathi Sharma). Yuvishka, who is a fan of Prahst, is full of life, social-media friendly and prolific. He also has healing powers. His arrival also brings some excitement to the film, reflecting Prabha’s indifferent attitude even in his tone.

Initially, Prahlad’s rigorous working style and loner attitude distracts the young girl’s rate. Gradually, he increases his appearance, though he is unsure how to reinforce it? Prastha also makes a startling discovery as to why the command center has sent Yuvishka to Pushpak 634A.

The premise is very insane, and well versed in Hindu mythology, one can catch a chakali in two at the mention of some popular names. For example, a popular popstar in the defense world is called Surpanakha. Or Yuvishka’s younger brother is called Ghatotkacha. Even Prahasta is a lesser known entity than the Ramayana, the son of the demon king Ravana, who owned the Pushpak temple. Geddit?

So given the above mixture of mythological references with science-fiction, Mal has the ability to play with its base cleverness. Many times this happens. Occasionally, it provides an occasional dose of black humor. You will also remember the films of Andrei Tarkovsky, Solaris, Duncan Jones’ Chand and Robert Eggers, while watching the film.

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We also get to see familiar faces like director Hansal Mehta, TVF’s Biswapathi Sarkar, Konkona Sen Sharma, Prabal Punjabi. Dasyu Bandhu ‘Ritvik Bhowmik did the flit

Overall, however, the narrative is uneven, as it is difficult to ponder whether the hindi movie wants to be a noticeable piece on loneliness, a whimsical life and craze on rebirth, or a strange, sly satire on government offices. There were plenty of potentially spectacular views in the goods, but not all get the fruit. When we personally see Prastha and Yuvishka with their inner demons (Gedit?), The film is captivating. But the monotonous and often repetitive nature of the screenplay does little to dampen interest.

If you really start asking all this then the base will also fall. Like how do ‘cargoes’ immediately accept their fate, even if they were alive a few seconds ago? Or how do cellphone networks work in spaceships, especially for the dead? Or why the demon powers feel like an afterthought in the story, rather than something more to be discovered?

What works, however, for Mal Aarti is Kadva’s attempt to draw attention to unconventionalism, and is a spectacular departure from the usual fare of Bollywood. If only that vision had been supported by a more engaging narrative, it would have been a masterpiece. Another plus point is Shezan Sheikh’s BG score, which is worthy of a sci-fi. The best performances of both Massey and Tripathi are the demands of their characters. Nandu Madhav gives a very favorable performance.

Final thoughts

Mal are all creations of the cult hindi film, this is followed by a fascinating discrepancy in formula-loving Bollywood. A more obscure screenplay would have worked wonders here. Nevertheless, a bold attempt on the part of the filmmaker to show that creativity cannot be limited to some extent as a budget. Mal is streaming on Netflix India.

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