Mumbai, June 24 (IANS) Sayani Gupta says for the first time in her career she was extremely nervous about what people from the Northeast would say, when she signed her latest release, “Axone”.
A bittersweet comedy, the film is a satire that follows a bunch of northeastern youngsters in Delhi who, while attempting to organise a wedding party, find everything going wrong.
Sayani’s portrayal of a 23-year-old Nepali girl from Manipur in the film has been appreciated by the critics and the audience.
“The response has been seriously overwhelming. I am very happy that everyone has showered so much love and appreciation to the film also because it’s a small indie film. Not sounding pompous, but I am generally pretty detached to my projects after I am done shooting for them because you know what you have done. But for the first time, I was extremely nervous and anxious about what people from the northeast would say about ‘Axone’ and whether I was authentic or not,” the actress said.
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#axone releasing Tomorrow on @netflix_in @netflix worldwide It’s a comedy / satire about Racism – a story of a day set in Delhi about a bunch of Northeastern kids, trying to make a dish with Axone for their friend’s wedding. It’s a beautifully layered food-com about politics of food, race, culture and what we understand by us and them. But end of the day, we are all one and we all need love and acceptance. It’s started as a small film but managed to create a huge buzz just when the trailer came out and soooo many of you have been writing in and waiting for its release. It’s travelled and won at numerous Film Festivals across the globe. And finally you all can watch it! Thank you everyone who made this possible through sweat and tears. And thank you everyone who has been supporting this film. This mammoth task with so many difficulties wouldn’t have been possible without the constant kindness of so many people. I am so overwhelmed with your love already. My beautiful team and a crackling cast who I now consider friends and goof-mates for life! @nicholaslemtor wrote this hilarious script and directed it with so much care and detail. @seen_by_p shot it stunningly! @tajdarjunaid whose music is magic! @paponmusic thank you for coming and supporting us! My crazy fam @linlaishram @merenla_imsong @mi.su0 @dralhatenzin @roganjosh__ @lanuakum111 @yuri.luikham @rameshpanda.mua for doing our make up @binurairai Marya for doing our hair but being my constant support & language coach. @the_cultured_junglee for coaching me with Nepali & being so helpful! @bimalgautam15 for just extending all support, bringing me his mom’s clothes and jewellery and being so kind and literally opening up the doors of @cultured_delhi for us, which we totally exploited! People of #humayunpur who supported us through the filming and feeding us and accepting us as their own. It’s an extremely relevant & a vibrant entertaining film! Please watch and tell us what you think.
“The choices I took were very risky and I didn’t want to play it safe. Hence, the chances of it not working was also high. But the unbelievable response that one has received from literally thousands of messages coming in, appreciating the work and the film have been very validating. I am very grateful for each one of them for reaching out and telling me, what the film has done. Also, I am glad that a new set of audience has seen my work and tons of people have been messaging saying now they will watch my other work as well. There was a celebration around the film which is so heartening to witness! And I am also glad that critics have also given the film a lot of love,” she added.
The film helmed by Nicholas Kharkongor is currently streaming on Netflix.