Axone produced by Yoodlee production was released one year ago. A recent racist comment by a YouTuber against a north-eastern MLA has underscored once again the importance of not ‘othering’ our fellow citizens. The film ‘Axone’ is relevant even today, as the film for the first time portrays the story about north-eastern migrants living in a metro and is told from their own perspective. In a very subtle way, the film talks about racism against north-eastern communities and how their cultural, sartorial, and culinary traditions are judged, mocked, and misunderstood. And how just the desire to cook a special pork dish turns into a mini cultural war in the heart of Delhi.
While talking about the same, the Lead actor Sayani Gupta shares, “When Yoodlee Films brought this script to me, I instantly connected with it. There is so much that remains undiscovered and unexplored about the northeast. I do believe that slowly we are emerging from a haze of ignorance to learn more about a region that is a beautiful part of our country. ‘Axone’ is path-breaking because it has actors from the northeast who portray experiences that are uniquely theirs. The film has initiated a conversation about inclusion that I hope will lead to more such films and am so glad Yoodlee decided to throw their weight behind the project.”
Siddharth Anand Kumar, Vice President, Films and Events at Saregama India Ltd says, “At Yoodlee, we want to make films that say the unsaid and create a shift in thought and feeling. This was not a niche project for us but a story that deserved to go mainstream and I am glad that it did. We gave this story the care and the platform it needed to reach a larger audience and today, it is considered as an essential film in Indian cinemascope from a cultural narrative perspective. We are proud to be first movers and hope to make space for many more trailblazing modern classics.”
Lin Laishram, who portrayed a pivotal role in the film shares, ”Axone, has proven that the north-east doesn’t just have amazing food, sporting stars, scenic beauty, or great music but also fantastic cinematic and acting talent. I feel so proud that Nicholas Kharkongor is now considered to be one of the most important pan-Indian directors.”
The director of the film, Kharkonger shares, he ensured that the story of ‘Axone’ portrayed its protagonists in all their complexity as they struggle to make a living, seek and find love, and fight to protect themselves and each other from the harshness of a metro that mostly treats them as ‘outsiders’. He says, “Representation is important and that is why I wanted to tell a story about characters that cinema has largely passed by. I know that the film has changed perceptions and that gives me a lot of satisfaction. I hope to see more makers and actors from the northeast in the mainstream.”
About Yoodlee Films
Yoodlee films have kept that promise of breaking the barriers of content and languages, with productions in Malayalam, Tamil, and Marathi, apart from Hindi. Its presence on OTT platforms is a formidable one, with all their films finding a release here, with four of them on Netflix and Hotstar originals. Yoodlee Films also won two National Awards for their film Hamid – Best Urdu Film and Best Child Artist (Talha Arshad Reshi).