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Cargo Movie Review: Vikrant Massey, Shweta Tripathi’s Netflix Film Is an Ambitious but Confounded Concoction of Hindu Lore and Sci-Fi

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Cargo Movie Review: Vikrant Massey, Shweta Tripathi’s Netflix Film Is an Ambitious but Confounded Concoction of Hindu Lore and Sci-Fi

Cargo Movie Review: The last time I saw a spaceship in Bollywood, it was in Shirish Kunder’s Joker, and like everything about the film, it was unintentionally hilarious. The first thing that impressed me the most about director Arati Kadav’s Cargo is the the spaceship where nearly all the action is set – Pushpak 634A. For a film made on a very modest budget, Pushpak 634A was a very impressive design, reportedly inspired by a jellyfish. We also get a scene where Vikrant Massey’s character is seen repairing the spaceship while floating in space, another awesome visual. Cargo Trailer: Vikrant Massey, Shweta Tripathi’s Netflix Film Looks Impressive, Thanks to the Fresh Blend of Sci-Fi and Indian Mythology.

The interiors of the spaceship may look more like a set, but whenever we see Pushpak 634A from the outside we get a clear indication of Kadav’s grandiose vision, criminally limited by the money. And the ingenious premise is a glimpse into her extraordinary imagination.

Cargo, which good good reviews at MAMI Film Festival 2019, was picked up by Netflix and has started streaming on the platform from September 9. ‘Cargo’ of the title represents the dead souls, or rather dead humans with both their bodies and souls intact, being transported to recycling centre for them to be reborn.

The task of transporting the ‘Cargo’ falls on spaceships like Pushpak 634A, piloted by demons or rakshasas like Prahastha (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 futurized themselves and how human and demons have come to the agreement.

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Not sure if it was Netflix who added it, or the makers, but it comes off very confusing. For one, it dilutes the lore that the movie does a better job in establishing ahead. Secondly, it mentions the year 2070 as where the events take place, yet we don’t see much changes back in Earth, and at one point, a character mentions ‘Salman Khan’. Is that an allegory that has a deeper meaning which I missed?

Anyway, moving on, Prahastha has been in the job for too long, a loner who meticulously transports his cargo, without getting attached to their stories. Interestingly, the film also has an advert about The Loneliness Detective, that serve as sly subtext to Prahastha’s situation. Prahastha’s one constant companion is the mission control operative Nitigya (Nandu Madhav) whom he communicates through visual transmissions. Cargo: Vikrant Massey and Shweta Tripathi’s Science Fiction Film to Release on Netflix On September 9; Check Out the Announcement With a Mirzapur 2 Twist!

Things change for him when the company sends him an assistant – a female astronaut Yuvishka (Shweta Tripathi Sharma). Yuvishka, who is a fan of Prahastha, is full of life, social-media friendly and exuberant. She also has healing powers. Her arrival also brings some enthusiasm into the film, that was reflecting Prahastha’s somber attitude in its tone as well.

Initially, Prahastha’s rigid working style and loner attitude clashes with Yuvishka’s by-the-book ways. Slowly, he warms up to her presence, though he is unsure of how to rein her in. Unlike Prahastha, Yuvishka finds trouble keeping a stoic attitude towards the ‘cargo’, which soon begins to affect her healing powers. Prahastha also makes a startling discovery as to why the command centre has sent Yuvishka to Pushpak 634A.

The premise is pretty crazy, and those well-versed in Hindu mythology can grasp a chuckle at two at the mention of some popular names. Like for example, a popular popstar in the Rakshas world is called Surpanakha. Or Yuvishka’s younger brother is called Ghatotkach. Even Prahastha is a lesser known entity from Ramayana, the son of demon king Ravana who used to own Pushpaka Vimana. Geddit?

So looking at the above blend of mythological references with sci-fi fantasy, Cargo has the potential to play around with the quirkiness of its premise. At times it does. At times, it serves occasional doses of black humour. You would also be reminded of films like Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris, Duncan Jones’ Moon and even Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse, while watching the movie. Vikrant Massey Birthday: 5 Performances of the Actor That You Need to Check out!

We also get to see familiar faces like director Hansal Mehta, TVF’s Biswapati Sarkar, Konkona Sen Sharma, Prabal Panjabi, Bandish Bandits‘ Ritwik Bhowmik flit by.

Overall, though, the narrative is uneven, as it is something difficult to discern if the film wants to be a meditative piece on loneliness, a whimsical take on afterlife and reincarnation, or being a strange, sly satire on government offices. There were plenty of potentially brilliant ideas in Cargo, but not all gets fruitification. The movie is captivating when we see Prahastha and Yuvishka grapple with their inner demons (geddit?) individually. But the monotonous and often repetitive nature of the screenplay does little to spruce up interest.

The premise would also fall apart if you really begin to question it all. Like how come the ‘cargo’ accept their fates immediately, even though they were alive just seconds ago? Or how do cellphone networks work in the spaceship, especially for the dead? Or why the demon powers feel like an afterthought in the story, rather than something that could have been explored more?

What works, though, for Cargo is Arati Kadav’s appreciative effort to veer towards unconventionality, and in delivering a film that is a stunning departure from Bollywood’s usual fare. If only that vision was backed by a more engaging narrative, this would have been a masterpiece. Another plus point is Shezan Shaikh’s BG score, that’s worthy of a sci-fi. The earnest performances of both Massey and Tripathi gel well with what their characters demand. Nandu Madhav gives a very amiable performance.

Yay!

– A Fascinating Vision Backed By Decent VFX and BG Score

– Decent Performances

Nay!

– Confounded Screenplay

– The World Leaves You With More Questions

Final Thoughts

Cargo has all the makings of the cult film, it is after all a fascinating anomaly in the formula-loving Bollywood. A more uncluttered screenplay would have worked wonders here. Still, a bold effort from the filmmaker to show that creativity can’t be limited by something as frivolous as budget. Cargo is streaming on Netflix.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Sep 09, 2020 12:30 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Did You Know Kareena Kapoor Shot For Hrithik Roshan’s Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai As Her Debut Film?

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Did You Know Kareena Kapoor Shot For Hrithik Roshan's Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai As Her Debut Film?

It’s common knowledge that Kareena Kapoor was supposed to debut along with Hrithik Roshan in Kaho Naa…Pyar Hai. But did you know she actually shot a scene for the film before she was replaced by Ameesha Patel? And it’s not a lie as Kareena can still be visible in that scene albeit faintly. Although Kareena debuted in the same year with Refugee (2000) opposite Abhishek Bachchan, KNPH could have given her career a huge thrust as the movie was wildly successful. Kareena Kapoor Khan Birthday Special: She Came, She Walked and She Ruled Our Hearts with her Phenomenal Fashion Offerings (View Pics)

So what happened? Well, as per Rakesh Roshan, the director of the film, Kareena’s mother Babita made things difficult for the actress’ inclusion in the movie. He told The Quint that four days before the shoot of a song, Babita asked Roshan Sr to cancel the song shoot and instead do a dialogue scene. That didn’t go down well with the director and he decided to not have Kareena in it.

To give you an idea of what it would have been like to see the two superstars together in their debut film, here’s a glimpse.

Roshan met Ameesha Patel, who is his friend’s daughter, during a wedding and asked her if she was interested in movies. Recalling the incident, he told The Quint, “I casually asked her if she was interested in films. She said she hasn’t given a thought to it but she doesn’t mind. So I invited her over to our house. I called Ameesha and made both Hrithik and her sit together. I saw that they were a perfect match and they would make for an excellent pair on screen.” Rest as they say is history.

 

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Sep 21, 2020 01:35 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Karishma Tanna Is Having a Fun Day With Prints, Kicks and Wavy Hair!

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Karishma Tanna in Appapop

She is a stunner and she knows it! Blessed with a lithe frame, infectious smile and affable charm, Karishma Tanna is a delight to reckon with! As one of the most popular television actors, she is as much of a charmer on- screen as she is off-screen. On the fashion front, Karishma never fails to stir up a stylish storm in all of her off-duty looks. Her fashion repertoire features it all in ethnic ensembles – from a simple kurta or tunic to an intricately embroidered saree or neo-ethnic ensembles. But she also touches upon those minimalist chic contemporary vibes every now and then! With the new normal dictating our lives, Karishma took to flaunting her chic #OOTD from home. Featuring a printed dress by Appapop with some sporty kicks, textured wavy hair and that brilliant smile!

Modest as she comes across to be, Karishma enjoys a whopping following of 5.3 million on Instagram, never missing to keep us hooked to her musings with her pet Koko, fashion, fitness, food and random fun stuff. Here’s a closer look at Karishma’s dressy stay at home #OOTD. Karishma Tanna Goes Matchy-Matchy With Her Gopi Vaid Kurta and Mask, Adopting the New Normal in Style!

Karishma Tanna – Dressy Chic

A printed back knot dress by Appapop worth Rs. 6,999 was paired with white kicks, textured wavy hair and nude pink lips. Karishma Tanna Is Incredible in Indigo, Her Saree Vibe Is Unmissably Chic!

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Karishma Tanna in Appapop (Photo Credits: Instagram)

On the professional front, Karishma was last seen in Sanju (2018). She is a contestant on the tenth season of Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi, Darr Lega Class Aur Dega Trass, an Indian reality and stunt television series which was shot in August 2019 and premiered on 22 February 2020, on Colors TV.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Sep 21, 2020 01:30 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Nishabdham Trailer: Anushka Shetty and R Madhavan’s Thriller Promises to Keep You Engrossed Throughout (Watch Video)

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Nishabdham Trailer: Anushka Shetty and R Madhavan's Thriller Promises to Keep You Engrossed Throughout (Watch Video)

Anushka Shetty and R Madhavan’s Nishabdham is finally arriving getting ready for its release. The thriller starring two powerhouses of talent looked intriguing in its first teaser and going by its newly released trailer, we can expect another entertainer on Amazon Prime. The film sees Anushka as a deaf and mute artist who gets embroiled in a criminal investigation. R Madhavan plays her husband and a musician. Nishabdham Trailer: The Suspense in This Anushka Shetty, R Madhavan Starrer Will Make You More Eager For This Film (Watch Video).

The film’s new trailer is filled with plenty of edgy scenes that will attract thriller loving audiences. If you are a sucker for a good murder mystery, Nishabdham should and will get you excited enough. It intrigues you sufficiently and the presentation is very unusual. With an interesting plotline and an admirable star cast, Nishabdham gives you all the right reasons to get excited and anxious for its October 2 release on Amazon Prime.

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Speaking about her character in the movie, Anushka Shetty in on her earlier interactions had said, “Sakshi is a character very new to me compared to all that I have played so far. A character that pushed me out of my comfort zone, a character I’m glad it came my way. It was really nice to work with Madhavan again, always been an admirer of his work.” The duo had previously worked together in 2006 release RenduNishabdham Song Ninne Ninne Promo: Sid Sriram Croons a Romantic Number for Anushka Shetty – R Madhavan Starrer, and Its Winning Hearts (Watch Video).

Nishabdham was earlier supposed to hit the screens in January 2020 but was later pushed to April. However, with coronavirus pandemic coming in the picture, the makers had no option but to release it digitally. The film also stars Anjali, Shalini Pandey, Subbaraju, Srinivas Avasarala and Hollywood actor Michael Madsen of Reservoir Dogs fame. The film will be second big Telugu release to have a digital premiere after Nani and Sudheer Babu’s V.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Sep 21, 2020 01:18 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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