If not for the 2004 film “Milan,” the following Star Cinema movies “Dubai” and “Caregiver” would not have been born.
According to Star Cinema big boss Malou Santos, the international screening of “Milan” opened the idea of producing another film with a foreign location.
When “Milan” had a screening in Dubai, Malou recalls seeing how excited and emotional overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) were while watching a Filipino movie.
Such overwhelming reaction urged her to promise to OFWs that Star Cinema will produce a movie to be shot in Dubai.
Thus, “Dubai,” starring John Lloyd Cruz, Aga Muhlach, and Claudine Barretto came to be. It was released the following year, 2005.
“Dubai” is about two brothers whose love for the same girl will challenge their bond.
The movie was screened in London, which then opened the idea of shooting a new film there.
That movie was “Caregiver,” with Megastar Sharon Cuneta in the lead role.
“Caregiver,” which premiered in 2008, is about a mother and teacher named Sarah (Sharon Cuneta) who leaves her family and career in the Philippines to work as a caregiver in UK.