Director Nicholas Kharkongor’s movie ‘Axone’, which deals with two girls from Northeast India, will be screened at the 63rd BFI London Film Festival and the 21st Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival. The film deals with racism in a comic way. Set in Delhi over the course of one day, ‘Axone’ revolves around two girls from the Northeast who set out to cook a pungent dish called Axone, to celebrate the marriage of another friend.
Excited about the screenings, the filmmaker said. ‘This is a very personal story. I have lived outside the Northeast for over 20 years. For a long time, I have wanted to make a film about the Northeastern experience of living in the city – about a tiny community of (mostly) young people who, in the way that they look, eat, dress and speak – sets them apart from the rest. But I didn’t want to make a bleak film. Because the truth is that we also find a lot of acceptance and love in the city; and for many of us, the city is home. So the result is this funny and bittersweet film that gives you a peek into the lives of the community living in the society, celebrating their difference.’
‘Axone’, produced by Yoodlee Films, stars actors Vinay Pathak and Sayani Gupta. The London Film Festival will be held from October 2 to 13.