Ahhh, what a film! Netflix is really doing a fantastic job of giving opportunities to directors who want to showcase a different slice of life stories. In this age, where movies need elements like action-packed stunts, flashy dance numbers, steamy scenes, and mega-stars to fetch bucks, Axone is devoid of all these stuff yet shines bright in its own unique style.
The movie is a one-day story of a group of northeasterners who want to cook a special traditional dish for their friend, who is getting married. The difficulties they have to face in Delhi due to their culture, looks, and traditions form the crux of Axone Netflix.
So, you may think, for making a dish, you need ingredients. What is the fuss over it? Well, no, the recipe is an exotic curry which emits a suffocating, stinking smell that may rattle your breathing ability if you are not used to it.
That is the challenge for these friends on how to cook the Akhuni in such a restricted colony. The unrelenting approach the group of friends take to make the dish is hilarious to watch. Yet, some moments that induce agony, coupled with disdain over societal prejudice.
Racism jumps on its victims from nowhere, even in a country that prides itself on being secular and diverse.
Axone Review: Captures Reality and Audience Emotions
Every bit of the Axone movie works. From the authentic scenes of Delhi town, language, people, streets to the tone of the film. All the actors excellently portray their roles with ease. Be it the Desi Munda Shiv (Rohan Joshi), Zorem the caring boyfriend (Tenzin Dhala), Upasana the sweet girl (Sayani Gupta), Chanbi the controlling friend (Lin Laishram), Bendang the survivor (Lanuakum So), Dolly Ahluwalia as the outrageous Nani with shrieking voice or Adhil Hussain the silent watcher, all give their best performance.
The culture and traditional customs of North Indian regions are beautifully shown. Every aspect was on point, including dialect and attire. It shows the diversity of our Great Nation. Director Nicholas Kharkongor surely knows how to assemble a gang of misfits to bring out all emotions from its audience.
Flaws in the film
To be honest, I don’t think there are any major flaws in Axone. The film takes its time to set and connect with the audience. So, don’t expect it to be a mainstream, fast-paced movie.
A real flick that earns its moments from romance, dilemmas, faith, fights, tears, and rendering visuals.
The pace of the movie is very linear until the end with a quiet background score. Nothing felt out of place, rushed, or unnecessary. At the end of the day, no matter how messy it gets, we surely strive to do whatever it takes for our family to have a happy day. Axone captures this beautifully.
The TRB team and I would definitely recommend this amazing craft of art. The subtle way of showing the differences and depicting the mockery of cultural beliefs, discriminations, and harassment migrant people face from the privileged class of the society make Axone/Akhuni a must-watch this year.
It is a picture-perfect capture of family, friendship, love, ethics, moral values, and pride of one’s identity. Papon’s heart-melting composition that lights a smile by staying in the loop for days is something you cannot miss. In a nutshell, Axone is so much more than just a dish. My rating? 4 out of 5, hands down.
If you enjoy Axone, then you will definitely love some of the Indian movies on the platform like Chaman Bahaar and Choked: Paisa Bolta Hai. For more on the difficulties of migrants and immigrants, catch up on Hollywood flicks like A Better Life, In America, The Big Sick, and Namesake. For a more Indian touch and humorous approach on immigration, family, and friends, check out Never Have I Ever.