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Robin Padilla wants to help the local movie industry grow like India's Bollywood

Tum: My Pledge of Love star Robin Padilla says he wants to make more movies.

BY RHEA MANILA SANTOS

Twitter: @allaboutmanila

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4/7/2011 8:26 AM
Robin Padilla wants to help the local movie industry grow like India's Bollywood


040711-robin_main.jpgAfter writing, producing, and directing Tum: My Pledge of Love, Robin Padilla was visibly proud of his new action-drama movie, which started showing in theaters on April 6. “Sabik na sabik na ako at gusto ko na makita yung reaction ng ating mga kababayan. Kasi base sa aming unang mga advanced screening at yung reaction ng MTRCB at yung reaction ng Cinema Evaluation board ay napakaganda so nakakasabik makita yung reaction naman ng publiko,” he shared.

The 41-year-old actor refused to take all the credit for directing the film and only admitted that he is thankful that he had help working on the movie, which was shot in India. “Gusto ko magpasalamat dun sa mga associate directors namin. Siguro ako yung overall director pero hindi ako mag-isa. Meron kaming kasama na dalawang Pilipinong associate director at meron din kaming Indian counterpart. Bale anim kami dito sa Tum. Hindi rin naman ako nahirapan masyado dahil ambabait ng aking mga artista, lalo na si Queenie (Padilla, his daughter) at si Ejay (Falcon),” he said.

Robin clarified that Tum: My Pledge of Love is not your usual action-packed Robin Padilla movie. “Itong Tum, ang action dito napakaliit na porsyento. Pagkapinanuod niyo, siguro ang action hindi mawawala yan. Kahit anong gawin natin nandiyan yan pero kailangan din naming masanay sa bagong technology ngayon. Iba na kasi ngayon. Katulad ng sa Amerika at sa ibang bansa, ‘pag tiningnan mo yung action movies nila, kasi ang kaakibat ng artista nila is yung technology. Kasi kung ang pagiging action star lang ang pag-uusapan, eh anytime hahamunin ko ng suntukan yung mga yun, okay lang ako, patayan ako. Kaya lang, kung usapin ng paggawa ng pelikula ngayon eh ang hirap. Iba na ang lenggwahe, ngayon ang dami ng bago ‘pag nag-e-edit lang, ang daming file, hindi mo na maintindihan so paano ka ba gagawa ng action? Walang daya noon. Kailangan lang namin talagang mag-adjust ngayon,” said Natasha’s newest endorser.
 
Robin also envisions the local movie industry to follow in the footsteps of India, wherein films are being made on a regular basis. “Ang movie industry kasi ng India napakataas, mas madami pa nga silang ginagawa kesa sa Hollywood. Pero gusto ko lang ipagmalaki na ang tawag namin sa pelikula namin ay Pollywood, hindi siya Bollywood. Kaya Pollywood kasi sa Pilipinas gawa. Namulat ako sa pelikula ng mga uncle ko noong araw, sila Jose Padilla Jr. at sina Carlos Padilla, na talagang merong kantahan. Talagang merong sayawan sa mga pelikula nila noong araw. Ibinabalik ko lang yung pagka-wholesome nun gating mga pelikula. Ibinabalik ko lang yung entertainment talaga. At the same time, meron ka ding matututunan. Itong pelikula namin, hindi ito romantic comedy, ito ay love story drama. Ang dapat niyong abangan ay yung kakaibang love story, yung kakaibang drama. At yung kakaibang paggawa ng pelikula,” he shared.

Working on a film abroad was a learning experience for Robin as he had to adjust to the strict labor laws in India. This is also the reason why he considers his wife Mariel Rodriguez as a valuable part of the movie, on and off camera. “Kasi yung aming mga katrabahao dun, wala naman akong reklamo dahil napaka-professional ng aming Indian crew. Talagang bilib kami. Kaya lang, yung kanilang trabaho hanggang walong oras lang. Pag matatapos na yung walong oras, na-o-obliga ako na, siyempre hindi ko naman sila puwedeng hindi paalisin. Kasi pagka-walong oras na, automatic nagliligpit na sila ng gamit. Dun medyo napre-pressure nako nun.