Keerthy Suresh’s latest movie Penguin is set to release on Amazon Prime Video on June 19. The film, which was made in Tamil and Telugu simultaneously, is touted to be a mystery-thriller.
Written and directed by debutant Eashwar Karthic, the plot of the movie revolves around the kidnapping of a child and follows the struggles and agony of a distraught mother. Keerthy, who won the National Award for her role in Mahanati, will be playing such an intense character for the first time in her career.
As theaters remain shut during the lockdown, many filmmakers are opting for a direct OTT release. Following in the footsteps of Jyotika’s Ponmagal Vandhal, Penguin is the second high-profile Kollywood movie to release on Amazon Prime Video.
Penguin is jointly produced by Karthik Subbaraj, Kaarthekeyen Santhanam, Sudhan Sundaram and Jayaram. The technical crew of the film comprises Kharthik Phalani and Anil Krish for cinematography and editing, respectively. Santhosh Narayan has composed the music for Penguin.
In an interview with The Federal, Penguin director Eashvar Karthic discussed the backdrop of a hill station in the film. “I waited for the monsoons to capture the beauty of the locations, which had been shot by DOP Kharthik Palani. Since I belong to the area, I was familiar with every nook and corner in Kodaikanal and that helped me shoot in good locations,” he said.
He also explained the meaning behind the title ‘Penguin’. “The penguin is the most protective mother after the orangutan. It is the perfect mother in the animal kingdom and I’ve introduced a few elements related to it in the film that justify the title,” he added.
Karthik Subbaraj, who is bankrolling Penguin under his Stone Bench Films banner, praised Keerthy Suresh and debut director Eashvar Karthic. “At Stone Bench Films, we are committed to telling unique stories, while ushering a new wave of Southern cinema, backed by fresh voices and perspectives. This marks the incredibly talented Eashvar Karthic’s directorial debut, on a script that he has written. Prepare to watch the powerhouse performer Keerthy Suresh in a completely different avatar,” he said in a statement.
In a statement, Keerthy Suresh spoke about taking on the role of a mother in Penguin. She said, “Penguin has definitely been one of the most exciting and interesting projects I’ve worked on. As a mother, Rhythm is both gentle and caring, but also fiercely determined. She’s complex, but authentic, and I think that will really strike a chord with audiences. I had a wonderful time working with the incredibly talented Eashvar Karthic to bring the story to life.”
“5 days to go!❤ waiting to see Keerthy’s rage. just missing the theatre experience. vera level la irundhurukun. @KeerthyOfficial #KeerthySuresh #Penguin #PenguinOnPrime #PenguinTrailer,” tweeted user @KeerthyF1.
User @sridevisreedhar shared her excitement for Penguin release on Twitter. She said, “#Penguin countdown starts! The trailer gave us the chills, Music is superb and that the extremely talented @KeerthyOfficial is the protagonist makes the wait worthy. FDFS on @PrimeVideoIN June 19 #PenguinOnPrime @EashvarKarthic.”
Keerthy Suresh’s last big-screen release was the AR Murgadoss directorial Sarkar (2008), alongside Vijay. The actress also has three Telugu films, Miss India, Good Luck Sakhi and Rang De, and two big-budget releases, Rajinikanth’s Annaatthe and Mohanlal’s Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham in her kitty.