Looking for 'Axone': From Netflix to the bylanes of Delhi5 min read 17 Jun 2020, 02:10 PM IST
Why this fermented soy bean paste from the North-East is a battleground for cultural and identity politics
The film Axone by Nicholas Kharkongor, which released on Netflix recently to mixed reviews, revolves around two flatmates from Manipur and Nepal, living in Delhi, who wish to surprise their third flatmate, from Arunachal Pradesh, by making her favourite dish. The first two characters, played by Lin Laishram and Sayani Gupta, spend the day trying to find a spot to cook meat with axone, a fermented soy paste from Nagaland made with either fresh or dried beans. They scurry furtively to ensure its pungent aroma doesn’t reach the neighbours and invoke their wrath.
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