Cargo 2019 is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language science fiction film written and directed by Arati Kadavu. The film is produced by Kadavu, Shlok Sharma, Navin Shetty and Anurag Kashyap. Starring Vikrant Massey and Shweta Tripathi in the lead roles, the story is set on a spaceship named Pushpak 634A where a demon Prahastha, works for the Post Death Transition services with the help of a female astronaut, where dead people are recycled for rebirth. Cargo premiered at the 2019 MAMI Film Festival under the spotlight section. The film premiered on Netflix on 9 September 2020.
Cargo 2019 Prahastha, a lonely astronaut, works in a spaceship. Every morning, his spaceship comes close to Earth, and Cargos are delivered at the arrival bay. These Cargos are people who have just died on Earth and we learn that Prahastha works for Post Death Transition Services — a large, pioneering, bureaucratic company that stores, transitions, and recycles dead people for rebirth. Today, after many years, a young, popular astronaut — Yuvishka, trained in cutting edge technology, will join the spaceship as his assistant.
Pradeep Menon of Firstpost wrote: “A philosophical tale, a dark comedy, and a tight budget space film all rolled into one, Cargo is one of those oddball movies that will undoubtedly go on to develop a bit of a cult following over time.” Tipu Sultan of HuffPost said that Kadav’s “true success lies in how she wraps all this up under the garb of a comedy and serves up a film that is devilishly hilarious and ceaselessly entertaining.” Eric Kohn of IndieWire noted, “While Cargo stumbles on plot, it excels at the vision, and bodes well for the potential of a filmmaker capable of innovating within familiar restraint.” Peter Debruge of Variety said that Kadav “shows creativity and a gift for world-building in this unlikely sci-fi fable, which playfully reimagines reincarnation.” Rahul Desai, a film critic from Film Companion says: “It’s both real and unreal at once, and the visual dissonance adds to the way Cargo – and its playful marriage of the past and future – hopes to be perceived.”