KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Malaysian actor Datuk Aaron Aziz is over the moon as his first appearance in a Tamil movie, Tik Tik Tik, has been well-received not only in India, but also by Indians overseas.
He is cast as a villain in his Kollywood debut (Kodambakkam, the hub of the Tamil film industry located in Chennai, India).
He is acting alongside Jayam Ravi, who is the hero in a film that is touted as India's first "space exploration movie", directed by Shakti Soundar Rajan.
In an exclusive interview with Bernama at his residence here, Aaron, 42, was clearly overjoyed by the warm response from the Indian community and described his feeling as "having won an election".
"I've received a lot of messages from fans who praised my acting even though I only played a supporting role," he said.
He admitted that this was also the first time he received overwhelming support from non-Malay fans in his two-decade acting career.
The movie is about an asteroid that is about to hit India within six days and cause a disaster.
There is space station with a nuclear missile that can destroy the rogue asteroid – but the space station chief seems to have a problem with India.
So the Indian Space Research Organisation decides to send M. Vasu (Jayam Ravi), a trained magician and escape artist, along with his team of scientists, to get hold of a missile to save India.
Besides Ravi and Aaron, Tik Tik Tik, which hit cinemas around the globe from June 22, also features Nivetha Pethuraj and Ramesh Thilak in lead roles.
The film is still showing in cinemas in Malaysia, India, Australia and Britain.
Aaron, who starred in Malaysian hit movies like KL Gangster and Ombak Rindu, shared that he had many wonderful memories of working in Kollywood.
Despite playing a supporting role, he said he was treated "like a king" during the three-week filming session in Chennai back in 2017.
"In Malaysia, the production assistant will only prepare the wardrobe.
"But in India, the staff in charge of the wardrobe will go to the extent of helping us change clothes, fasten the belt and even zip up the actors' pants!
"But of course, I preferred doing it myself," he chuckled.
Commenting on his willingness to take on a supporting role, the Singapore-born actor said he looked at it as an opportunity to learn new things rather than for glitz and glamour.
Acknowledging the grand scale of the Indian film industry, Aaron said there were so many things local industry players could learn from Kollywood.
During the first day of filming, he said, he was taken to a warehouse that "didn't even look like a movie set".
"But when I stepped inside, it was like entering a whole new world.
"It bustled with about 300 people carrying out their respective duties. There were many things happen simultaneously and yet it was all very well coordinated. I was really impressed," he said.
Aaron also said he would be very much interested to act in more Kollywood films and also encouraged other Malaysian actors to grab the opportunity if it ever arose. – Bernama