Starring Jodi Sta.Maria-Lacson and Victor Basa, with Jesse Evardone, Rosalyn Perez and Mel Martinez, this finalist in the Cinema One Originals Film Festival 2009 was written by Veronica Velasco who co-directed it with Pablo Biglang-awa.
Shot in its entirety in Pampanga that becomes the perfect background of the film and its domesticated characters, Maling Akala, which translates literally as wrong assumption” won the Best Cinematography (for Larry Manda) in the Golden Screen Awards and three nominations at the Gawad Urian.
It unfolds with department store salesgirl Tetta (Sta.Maria-Lacson) who gets impregnated by her boyfriend and then abandons her. Afraid to give birth without a husband, she decides to go home to her family in the province. On the bus homeward, she sits besides JB (Basa) a seemingly congenial man, but actually someone with secrets and confused identity. The two strike a deal: JB will pose as Tetta’s husband and the father of her child. With their initial bonding that ushers to comfort, the movie progresses to pose more and more questions. Where will their charade lead? Will they be in love? This makes Maling Akala the funny romantic melodrama that it is, illustrating well the bittersweet truth of a man who is already weary of running away from himself.
Once during an interview with the press, Basa was asked how he feels playing an intriguing character. The Coverboy honestly says “Very comfortable in a sense na siyempre, it’s a character and I love to act. Gusto ko talagang umarte. Any role, I take. Nabasa ko ang script at gusto ko siya. At maganda talaga ang kuwento.” Such statement means the hunky model-turned-actor is secure of himself that he has no qualms to take roles perhaps other actors won’t play.
Writer and critic Charlie Koon asserts in his blogsite that “Basa and Sta. Maria-Lacson are great choices for actors to play these characters. They are natural actors who inhibit an aura of genuineness even when minimalist acting has been employed.”
Do not ever miss the highly anticipated cable premiere of the provocative movie Maling Akala on Cinema One’s Blockbuster Sundays on August 15 at 8:00 pm!
Watch the trailer here: