“Axone”: A Delicacy of North-Eastern India, Served With a Pinch of Honesty

    

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Nowadays a film or a web-series, especially when released on the OTT (Over the Top) platforms attain success not only on the basis of casting or the plot twists, but also on the basis of the kind of content produced. The content is the key that drives the vehicle to the destination of a blockbuster. One such film released on Netflix recently is Axone (pronounced as “Akhuni” in regional Language).

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Axone is a movie addressing the issue of casual racism against the north-eastern Indians based on their appearance, language accent, customs, and even their food. The discrimination has been a long lasting issue and Axone deals with it with a pinch of Humor and friendship.

The Filmmaker Nicholas Kharkongor’s film Axone is basically about a group of friends belonging to the north-eastern states of India, trying to cook a traditional Naga Cuisine as a wedding present for a friend, in which the major ingredient is Axone (Akhuni) which has an unpleasant smell.

With only a few hours to go for the wedding, these friends are confronted with so many circumstances, starting from racist behavior, eve-teasing, cat calling, internal group conflicts, and the unforgiving Delhi-ites.

Upasna (Sayani Gupta) and Chanbi (Lin Laishram) want to time their cooking in such a way there are fewer people in the apartment and hence no objection. The film also portrays the character Shiv (Rohan Joshi), the landlord’s grandson who was genuinely concerned to help them with their friend’s wedding despite his grandmother’s permission.

However, with the wedding taking place just as planned at the end along with the Akhuni cooked and served the film has a happy ending. The film deals with the issue of racism both casual and serious against the north-east people, along with various other social issues.

Food holding the film together

The duration of the film is 1 hour 40 minutes, which beautifully handles the issue of racism with a pinch of humor and touch of satire. The factors connecting the film together were social events like marriage and obviously food used metaphorically.

Food is a fundamental pillar of every culture, and holds us all together. Every dish has its own style and tradition of being prepared. In a country like India which is so diverse, every community has their own language, attire and definitely food.

Casting

However, along with the different story line the cast has also grabbed attention of the audience. Sayani Gupta, who played a Nepali girl in the film left audience in absolute “awe” with her accent. Her performance was also breath taking as she showcases the character of a girl depicting her struggle.

Chanbi, is another girl in the group played by Lin Laishram. The character of Chanbi is quite courageous and out spoken. She is ready to call out anyone who is doing wrong and at the same time she is ready to take up stand for the people she cares about, just like she did for her boyfriend.

Chanbi’s boyfriend who was carrying a heavy load of his past on how the people treated him on having the blonde hair, where he confesses hate for Delhi is also very praiseworthy.

Critical Acclamation

Talking about lagging, the film’s biggest drawback is its connectivity from one scene to another. Due to the less duration, films go in various directions, where the audience loses connectivity. You will observe cutting at some points where you want to see more of a scene.

The relationships, friendships have not been allocated proper screen time to make a lasting impact. Despite all this, there is a message which the movie can convey very precisely and effectively.

The film’s biggest win is its strong content bundled with solid performances of Sayani Gupta and Lia Laishram. Through the food used metaphorically, it properly conveyed the message of friendship, wedding at the climax also portrayed the old traditions adopted in North-eastern Tribes.

The second best thing is that it never gets one-sided towards any North-eastern citizen and others. It equally criticizes both of them in one way or the other. It is the first north-east community film which according to me is a must-watch.

Written by – Utkarsh Samaiya

Edited by – Adrija Saha


“Axone”: A Delicacy of North-Eastern India, Served With a Pinch of Honesty  “Axone”: A Delicacy of North-Eastern India, Served With a Pinch of Honesty Reviewed by Adrija Saha on June 24, 2020 Rating: 5

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