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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.

Aug 5, 2019


sam at INDAK presscon

sam with nadine lustre in INDAK

sam with nadine

sam with INDAK co-stars at the movie's presscon

SAM CONCEPCION has done musicals before, like “I Do Bidoo”, where he did great song and dance numbers. But now, in his latest movie, “Indak”, which opens in theaters this Wednesday, AUgust 7, he did so much more dancing all throughout.

“I tell you, it’s no joke to make a dance movie,” he says. “The training we went through is very hard. Very taxing sa katawan. Dancing can be a strenuous sport and you can get hurt, pero doon ka naman matututo. And it’s so satisfying when you’re told that what you’re doing is right.”

What’s his role? “I play Vin, the captain of a dance team who’s from Manila. As the leader of their group, he’s quite ambitious. He has lots of dreams and his team members look up to him. We’re supposed to compete in an international dance competition in Korea, then I saw the music video of a girl who lives in an island, Nadine Lustre as Jen. Ang galing niya and her video went viral so hinanap ko siya. She lives by the beach at namamangka siya.

"I tried to convince her to join our team, Indak Pinas, but she resisted it, kasi may trauma siya and wouldn’t want to leave her peaceful life in the island. But I succeeded to bring her out of her comfort zone and to take her to the crazy chaotic world of dance in the big city. It’s a dance movie with a lot of heart in it na very Filipino. Viewers surely will be able to relate with the story and its characters.”

“Indak” is a great opportunity for him and Nadine to showcase their dancing skills. “We have a mix of different kinds of dances, from contemporary slow dance to more modern ones with complex steps and body movements. At sa lahat ng klaseng sayaw, ang galing-galing ni Nadine. I know she has won awards as best actress in drama. Dito, kung may award for best dancer, I have no doubt she’d also win it. We even do some dirty dancing. I really admire her dedication to her craft.”

Isn’t he afraid Nadine’s BF, James Reid, might get jealous because of their dirty dancing? “James and I are the best of friends, specially after we had a concert together at the Big Dome. He knows he can trust me and he has nothing to get jealous of. As a matter of fact, he is very supportive of our movie and he’ll watch daw ‘Indak’ on our premiere night this Monday, AUgust 5.”

Does he think local audiences are ready for a dance movie? “I think so. Successful naman dito ‘yung ‘Step Up’ movies and also, ‘La La Land’, so I think they will enjoy watching ‘Indak’, where Filipinos are shown competing in a dance contest with international dancers in Korea. Marami ritong sayawan, pero maraming ibang elements in the movie, kasama na ang magandang story nito with music and dancing involved.”

Sam is also in the new ABS-CBN horror-suspense soap, “The Killer Bride”, playing a young politician who becomes the third wheel in the relationship of Joshua Garcia and Janella Salvador. It will eventually replace “Sino ang Maysala” on primetime.