Director: Arati Kadav
Starring: Vikrant Massey, Shweta Tripathi, Armaan Mirza, Konkona Sen Sharma, Ritwik Bhowmik,
Nandu Madhav, Biswapati Sarkar
Written by: Arati Kadav
Vikrant Massey is in charge of healing humans and sending them back to earth after their transformation, through a service called Indian Post Death Transition (IPDT). After years of working alone, he finds help in Shweta Tripathi. CARGO is the name addressed to every dead person who takes rebirth under the aircraft. The film rejects the concept of heaven and hell, by building a parallel universe to Earth, where people simply follow instructions and are ready for rebirth in a jiffy. It thus breaks many norms and beliefs that have been followed throughout cultures all across, which is a rather bold yet interesting step. CARGO engrosses the audiences slowly and steadily, despite it gets a bit slow and monotonous.
Technically the film is very good, it’s a very well made Sci- Fi film. Cinematography by Kaushal Shah is brilliant, Editing by Paramita Ghosh is crisp and precise. Production value is satisfactory. But no matter what you do, a low budget film will inevitably end up looking like one, particularly in a genre like science fiction, where atmosphere, look and feel are so important. Still CARGO largely manages to make you gloss over that as well.
Performances wise each and every actor lights up the film. Vikrant Massey and Shweta Tripathi plays there part perfectly, where one is introvert while other is extrovert, both share a blazing chemistry. Konkona Sen sharma steals all spotlight towards the end of the film. Nandu Madhav and Biswapati Sarkar are in their element too.
The film is an honest attempt at the sci-fi genre but its does not blows up our mind. The low point of the film is its story, but still it does stands out for its honest attempt, it has many feel good elements. It’s an innovative film told with much conviction and honesty.