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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: 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 , 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 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 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

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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Matias A’vone Is Paving His Own Path in the Music Industry

Matias A’vone, a rapper from Washington, D.C. is making several news publications with his extraordinary rapping and singing skills. The musician has become an inspiration for many youngster’s who wish to pursue their passion for music in today’s ever evolving music industry.

His music is available on all major streaming sites and he is steadily increasing in popularity on his social media platforms. With his skilled song writing, the rap musician Matias A’vone is helping to pave the way for future rising D.C. artists.

Matias A’vone knows a lot about making music being a self taught rapper and singer. He’s even gone the extra to mix and master many of his own tracks. This has allowed him to network successfully with many music acts. In fact Matias has been connected to a few major in the industry such as Chloe x Halle. Back in 2012 Matias helped Chloe and Halle win the fifth season of Radio Disney’s “Next Big Thing” resulting in the two making a cameo on Austin and Ally, as well as going on to sign with Beyoncé. He discovered the two singers competing and used his massive following to shift the into their favor over several rounds. Over the years Matias has maintained his with the two.

Matias also worked with Mindless Behavior member, Princeton Perez. The two share the song “Show You”, which currently boasts over 50 thousand streams on Spotify. The track was originally released to SoundCloud back in 2018 racking up over 1 Million streams on the platform. The song appears on his latest project “Emotional Support”.

In a very scarce amount of time, he has risen to a new height in the hip-hop world as well as making a mark for his hometown.

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Mika Singh: Get Off Social Media and Help People Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Mika Singh feels people ought to stop indulging in Twitter sermonising and do some actual work if they want to pitch in with help amidst the Covid pandemic. The singer has initiated a food service (Langar Seva) under his NGO, and had kickstarted his efforts on Monday offering free meals to bus drivers, street kids, poor and the needy. “When the Farmers’ Protest took place and the farmers needed help, people indulged in Twitter-baazi, they kept tweeting that we will do this and we will do that, but nothing came out of it. There is no need to show support on Twitter, step outside and help, do the actual bit. Sameera Reddy Shares Few Tips To Tackle Post-COVID 19 Weakness (Watch Video).

“Whenever there is an issue, people just hop onto Twitter and start writing. It’s my humble request to people, do actual help and stop making bayaan baazi (sermonising) on Twitter,” said Mika. Mika has been an avid supporter of the farmers’ protest and still supports the cause, but believes that Covid is a bigger issue and everyone should start doing their bit. Akshay Kumar Gives a Shout Out to His African Fan Club For Donating Food Items to the Disabled.

He said: “I am certain that the government will take a decision. There is no one bigger than government and this matter (the farmers’ protest) should be resolved quickly. But right now, people are dying of hunger rather than coronavirus. We should also worry about people who are still alive and on road. People on road need food, the unemployed need food, people don’t have drinking water, clothes to wear and place to sleep, and it’s time we take living into consideration as well.”

Asked whether the entertainment industry was facing a backlash for not doing enough for people and just making tall claims on social platforms, Mika replied: “I love Bollywood and I respect it. See, there are people who are actually doing good work and helping others, but there is huge brigade of people who just want to wear expensive shoes and watches. To that I say, if god has blessed you with good fortune, please help someone in need as well.”

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on May 11, 2021 11:31 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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Asha Negi Takes a Dig at Celebrities Posing While Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine (View Post)

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TV star Asha Negi on Tuesday took a potshot at celebrities who make a big deal about posing for videos and pictures while getting vaccinated. “To all the actors who are uploading their vaccination videos… yaar awareness ke liye thik hai but please itni overacting mat kiya karo, bohot annoying ho jaata hai (buddy, spreading awareness is a good thing but please cut down on the overacting, it gets annoying)!” Asha said in a note she posted on Instagram. Sameera Reddy Shares Few Tips To Tackle Post-COVID 19 Weakness (Watch Video).

She had a further witty dig while captioning the note. “Please yaar! Aur haan log pooch rahe hain videographer khud le ja rahe ho ya hospital is providing (people wonder if you took the videographer along or if the hospital provided one)?” went the caption. Friends in the industry as well as fans loved her post. “Someone said it!!” wrote Rahul Sharma said. Amitabh Bachchan Recites Father and Harivansh Rai Bachchan’s Words; Asks Everyone to Come Together To Defeat COVID-19 (Watch Video).

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“Abhi to pata ni kya dekhna padega aur kis kis ko.. (who knows what else one will have to see next) @ashanegi,” Nia Sharma wrote, in response to Asha’s post. Meiyang Chang wrote: “Tu hamesha sach bol deti hai jaanemann (you always state facts).” Other TV celebs including Hasnandani, Ravi Dubey, Sanjeeda Shaikh and Heli Daruwala responded with laughter emojis.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on May 11, 2021 11:00 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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