Guwahati : Excited over his film being selected for screening at the prestigious BFI London Film Festival, director Nicholas Kharkongor’s movie “Axone” is set to make his first appearance at an International platform. The film will be screened at the 63rd BFI London Film Festival and the 21st Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival as well.
Kharkongor’s film deals with racism with a pinch of humour. 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 wedding of another friend. Neighbours hate the smell of the dish and soon the girls have to face a barrage of outright racism and upheavals of interpersonal relationships.
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 whose different way of living -how they look, eat, dress and speak – sets them apart from the rest.
The film is funny and bittersweet memories of the director himself who has lived in this city facing lot of racist comments for coming from the Northeast. Yet, the city of Delhi has accepted him and for many it feels like the second home living on the fringes of society, celebrating their difference.