India, Sept. 8 -- CargoDirector - Arati KadavCast - Vikrant Massey, Shweta Tripathi

Debutante director Arati Kadav's homegrown science-fiction film Cargo, picked up by Netflix after playing at SXSW and MAMI, is an innovative but inert mashup of Eastern ideas and Western storytelling. Like Masaan by way of Moon, Cargo is a film that explores themes such as reincarnation - or, more accurately, the corporatisation of reincarnation - and caste, all coated in a layer of slick modern sci-fi.

But while it might seem refreshingly original here, in an industry that has mostly stayed away from the genre, Cargo could feel massively derivative to certain audiences. Moon, for instance, is a film whose influence can be felt in virtually every scene. ...