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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Oct 3, 2013

Martin Escudero And Solenn Heussaff Held Hostage While Shooting In Mumbai, India

MARTIN ESCUDERO says that playing the lead role of Carlo in “Positive” is the biggest break he got from TV5. “I play a call center operations manager who’s successful and happily married to Helga Krapft,” he says. “But I play around, also got into drugs, at dahil doon, nalaman ko na lang na HIV positive ako, turning my life around. This is my most mature role so far. Hindi na teenager ang role ko rito.”

Martin just returned from India where he was shooting “Mumbai Love” with Solenn Heussaff, directed by local filmmaker Benito Bautista who did the acclaimed indie film “Boundary” with Ronnie Lazaro. They had the scariest experience of their lives when some armed men held them hostage at the resort where they were shooting the movie.

“Mga member daw ng Mafia doon at ayaw kaming paalisin hangga’t hindi kami nagbibigay sa kanila ng ransom,” he says. “Tinago namin agad si Solenn at yung ibang mga babaeng kasama namin kasi baka maisipan pang gawaan ng masama. Tumagal din ng six hours ang negotiation at hindi sila umalis hangga’t di binibigay sa kanila ang pera hinihingi nila.”

They shot the film in India for six days. He says it’s meant to be released here in the Philippines and in India come January 2014.