by: Rachelle Siazon
For Dalaw lead star/co-producer Kris Aquino, reaping awards from the 2010 Metro Manila Film Fest is not really her goal, but rather for the film to hit the P150 million mark at the box office. “Ganon ka-brutal talaga ‘pag producer ka. Kasi para itong eleksyon, tinaya mo ang sarili mo, pinondohan mo ang sarili mo. Plus this is my comeback. I have not done a film after four years and I’m following two blockbuster movies. Siyempre ang laki ng pressure talaga. Ang wish ko kung ‘di man mapantayan, ma-in between man lang. If Feng Shui is nasa P14 million range and nasa P210 million ang Sukob, sana naman kumita ng P150 million to P170 million ang Dalaw, please,” said the Queen of Horror Films in a recent press con.
Just thinking about the amount of money she has invested in Dalaw only adds to the pressure she’s feeling right now. But she stressed that the quality of materials they’ve used is worth all the time, money, and effort they have given to the project. “Ang Tanging Ina Niyong Lahat at kami lang ang gumamit ng film sa lahat ng entries. Meron kaming three days na naka-steady cam so tatlong film cameras ang ginamit namin. Naka-Dolby Digital din kami. Malaki talaga ang nagastos kaya sumakit talaga ang ulo at batok ko. Sinabi ko, ‘Ano ba itong pinasok namin?’ But you just have to be positive na people will have their bonuses, people will have their money. It’s something na hopefully yung mga nagtratrabaho at nagpapamilya will like kasi it’s basically a story about a mother and her child.”
When asked about Dalaw’s closest competitors among the MMFF entries, Kris claimed that she’s willing to land in third place following popular crowd-drawers Ang Tanging Ina Niyong Lahat Last na to and Si Agimat At Si Enteng. “I know talaga as far as box office supremacy is concerned, it’s Vic Sotto, Bong Revilla, and Ai-Ai (de las Alas) ang makakalaban ko. But I wish everybody the best. Dapat naman lahat kami kumita talaga. Papa Albert Martinez is such a friend, I know he gave his heart and soul sa Rosario. Nag-shooting pa siya sa Hacienda Luisita, he asked my permission for that… Marian Rivera is a dear friend of mine also so sana naman lahat kami pagpalain.”
If Dalaw turns out to be a huge success, Kris said that she’s willing to produce another movie next year. “Huwag lang kami malugi, yes uulit ako. Bimby told me na, ‘Mama for the next movie I have to be the star.’ Oh my God. Sabi ko, ‘Bimby kung ikaw na ang mag-star mababaliw na yung mama mo talaga.’ Dahil sa sinehan lahat bibilhin na talaga to make sure [na hit yung movie]. Sabi kasi niya, ‘Why am I not there mama?’ Sabi ko, ‘Because you’re very mahal.’ Yung mga kasama ko naman ang sabi sa akin natuto na daw sila. Na para ‘di ako umuuwi at cut-off dapat lahat ng projects ko co-producer ako. Para hindi ako nagku-complain at kahit pahiga-higain, patakbuhin at patalunin gagawin,” she added with a laugh.