So the season 2 of Mirzapur is out on 23rd October and the buzz for it is unprecedented. But for the moment I will reserve my comments on it. But then why did I bring up Mirzapur 2 all of a sudden? It is because the cute jodi of Bablu and Golu are back(after Mirzapur) in a freshly brewed space drama – Cargo (2020). And anything that is sci-fi and a different concept, instantly holds my attention. The trailer looked super promising with a unique concept in store, does the movie live up to the expectations, here is presenting a super early bird review of Cargo (2020) !
Cargo (2020) is the story of an astronaut whose job is to successfully receive deceased people from earth(referred to as Cargo) and transmit them into the afterlife. And soon, he has an assistant too! Such an intriguing and unique concept! The screenplay is such that it takes a while for you to warm up to things. But once you get exported to the world around, there is no turning back. Things are slow but the writing is smart. Many social issues are deftly touched upon in the narrative. Additionally, the movie tries its hand(and successfully) at black comedy. And, some parts of the drama are philosophical too. We have talked about concepts of heaven and hell and angels that help us, if you have read some literature about these concepts, you will be able to draw parallels to the other world too! Another plus in the screenplay is the amalgamation of mythology with science fiction as a genre(yes you read that right)!The BGM is outstanding here! The VFX for a small movie is phenomenal. Arati Kadav in her big debut film as a director had a massive challenge on her hands. And she comes out with flying colours!
There are a host of cameos here, some small and some not so small, do watch the film to find out as I am not giving anything away here! Nandu Nadhav as Dr Nitigya has done a good job. But the movie lies on the strong shoulders of Bablu and Golu aka Vikrant Massey and Shweta Tripathi Sharma who have to do a lot of the heavy lifting. Vikrant Massey as Prahastha is wonderfully restrained. Such a fine actor and really wish he keeps getting such meaty roles. Shweta Tripathi Sharma as Yuvishka is phenomenal here. As the healing expert and doubling up as Prahastha’s assistant, she has layers to her character. Her vulnerabilities and her insecurities related to her power of healing are on display, and she delivers a towering act yet again! More power to you girl!
Cargo deserves to be watched just for its concept. Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane have always backed smaller films with big booming concepts and all I can say is they have a winner on their hands yet again. Year 2020 might be the year of the pandemic but it is also the year wherein India has finally cracked the Sci-Fi genre. Available on Netflix and Highly Highly Recommended!