Aku No.1 banking on exaggeration


BY ZIEMAN

PETALING JAYA: Everything about the new movie Aku No.1 is exaggerated, says the director, scriptwriter and actor Aznil Nawawi. 

“I am not exaggerating but if you were to watch the movie, the script, the acting right up to the spoofs – all were exaggerated. I wanted to see if the Malaysian audience was ready for this so I experimented with this idea,” said wacky host Aznil during the preview of the movie.  

“Even the tiff which I had with Azwan Hj Ali was also blown up. I just did it for fun. Some may say we are exploiting the conflict that we had. But we just want the audience to know what actually took place. 

WHO'S THE BEST: Aznil (left) and Azwan posing together for the launch of their movie Aku No 1 recently. The movie is about two friends competing for the best TV personality.

“We may have differences but I think that's perfectly normal as we are both in the same profession. But as professionals, we have put all that behind us to come up with this movie,” said Aznil who considers Azwan as one of his close buddies. 

The storyline of Aku No.1 is actually about the on-off friendship between Azwan and Aznil. Both are popular TV personalities and hosts with huge fan bases. 

“It's basically about who is a more popular emcee and loved by Malaysians hence the title Aku No. 1. The storyline may sound simple but it's rather intriguing and hilarious. The jokes are spontaneous and are more of spoof comedy. This genre of comedy is often portrayed in Hollywood movies like Naked Gun and Hot Shots

“If you like this sort of comedy then you will like Aku No.1. I am quite anxious to know the reaction from fans as this is the first movie that I have directed,” said Aznil who conceptualised and directed Kamera Apo, the groundbreaking local version of America's Candid Camera, talk show Bicara Malam (hosted by Suhaimi Sulaiman) and telefilms Kecilnya Dunia and Si Lembik (both aired on TV3).  

One of the highlights of the movie would be the “Julie Dahlan” character who fumbles with her English. The character, which was meant for Julie Dahlan, had to be given to Kathy Fauziah (actress Zizie Ezette's mother). 

“I had a long discussion with Kak Julie before I wrote the part. She was sporting and game enough to take on the role initially but she had to turn it down because of other commitment,” said Aznil.  

Aku No. 1 will be screened at 30 cinemas simultaneously starting Aug 19.