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Forbidden love

Jazz Ocampo, Kiko Estrada, Rhian Ramos, and Rafael Rosell

FORBIDDEN LOVE – Remember the 1992 blockbuster “Sinungaling Mong Puso”?

It starred Vilma Santos, Gabby Concepcion, Aga Muhlach, and Aiko Melendez. Directed by Maryo J. delos Reyes and written by Jake Tordesillas.

Well, the movie makes a big comeback on television with a modernized version that shows a woman’s discovery of her self-worth and the sacrifice she makes in her relentless pursuit of true love…albeit forbidden.

Recreating their roles on the small screen are Rhian Ramos (Vilma), Rafael Rosell (Gabby), Kiko Estrada (Aga), and Jazz Ocampo (Aiko).

The TV version is directed by Ricky Davao and written by GMA’s creative team which includes Jake Tordesillas, the original writer of the Regal movie.

PLOT – “Sinungaling Mong Puso” revolves around the four characters trapped in a complicated romantic situation.

Clara (Rhian) is the abused wife of the demented womanizer Roman (Rafael), who comes from an influential political clan. Instead of giving in to the agony of her plight, she chooses to hope and remain resilient for the sake of her family.

Then she accidentally meets Jason (Kiko), who will love her for real. However, he is 10 years younger than her. Like Clara, he is unhappily married to Hannah (Jazz), who is pregnant with their child.

The chance encounter turns into a passionate love affair. Complications set in when the May-December romance is discovered by Roman and Hannah.

EXPECTATIONS – How do Rhian, Rafael, Kiko, and Jazz measure up to the acting of awardees like Vilma, Gabby, Aga, and Aiko?

Direk Ricky admits it’s hard to equal, much more top the performances of the senior stars. There are high expectations, but he likes to think the four younger actors did exceedingly well in their own way. Ricky asks them to ignore, in a manner of speaking, the topnotch performances of Vilma and company and instead “attack” their roles with originality.

SUPPORT – A galaxy of fine actors support the four stars, led by Michael de Mesa and Glydel Mercado.

The others: Cheska Diaz, Sherilyn Reyes, Stephanie Sol, Gee Canlas, JC Tiuseco, and Gab de Leon (son of Christopher de Leon and Sandy Andolong).

“Sinungaling Mong Puso” airs on July 18, Monday to Friday, on GMA afternoon prime.