The trailer of Keerthy Suresh’s Penguin/PenQueen is out now. Helmed by debut director Eashvar Karthic, the film will directly hit the OTT platform Amazon Prime Video on June 19, 2020. The ‘woman-centric’ film is being bankrolled by Passion Studios and presented by filmmaker Karthik Subbaraj’s Stone Bench Films which previously produced Meyaadha Maan and Mercury. The film marks the third production of Stone Bench Films.
The trailer, depicted through the eyes of Keerthy begins with despair, progresses with fear, and ends with courage. While the story seems familiar and comprises quintessential crime-thriller shots and sequences, Keerthy stands out, fresh, in the trailer with a role she has never taken up before. But the jury is still out on whether the same will be present right through the film.
Actors Mohanlal, Dhanush, and Nani took to Twitter to release the trailer in Malayalam, Tamil, and Telugu respectively.
— Mohanlal (@Mohanlal) June 11, 2020
The extraordinary journey of a mother begins.Happy to release #PenguinTrailer and wishing the team the very best. https://t.co/biJsZBmPtl@KeerthyOfficial @EashvarKarthic @karthiksubbaraj @PrimeVideoIN @kaarthekeyens @Sudhans2017 @StonebenchFilms @PassionStudios_ #Penguinonprime
— Dhanush (@dhanushkraja) June 11, 2020
Happy to launch the trailer of #Penguin .This looks very promising, intriguing and scary👌🏼👍🏼
First day first show at home fix kitty @KeerthyOfficial 🤗https://t.co/LMhaIT0gB2 –
Telugu@EashvarKarthic @karthiksubbaraj @Music_Santhosh @KharthikD @PrimeVideoIN #PenguinTrailer
— Nani (@NameisNani) June 11, 2020
On May 11, the Tamil Nadu government allowed the resumption of post-production activities such as editing, dubbing, VFX (Visual Effects), CGI (Computer Generated Imagery), DI (Digital Intermediary), BGM score, Sound Effects, Foley and Mixing with a limited number of crew members and sanitised workplaces, post-lockdown. Many films like Shankar’s Indian 2 starring Kamal, MS Anandan’s Chakra starring Vishal, M Saravanan’s Raangi starring Trisha, Lokesh Kanagaraj’s Master starring Vijay, Nelson Dilipkumar’s Doctor starring Sivakarthikeyan had commenced work.
Among these films was Keerthy Suresh’s Penguin/PenQueen which commenced with dubbing. In a list given out by the Film Employees’ Federation of South India (FEFSI), Penguin/PenQueen was listed as a ‘telefilm’. This led to speculation that the film would directly hit the OTT platform skipping a theatrical release. Although, no official announcement was made back then.
Official statement from FEFSI pic.twitter.com/vgaDHMO6N3
— Cinepuram (@cinepuram) May 11, 2020
The cast of Penguin/PenQueen reportedly includes Madhampatty Rangaraj who was the lead in Mehandi Circus and Linga from Sindhubaadh. Karthik Palani has handled the camera, Anil Krish on edit, art by Sakthee Venkatraj M, and costumes are by Pallavi Singh. While Santhosh Narayanan has composed music, Thomas Kurian was in charge of the sound design.
Penguin that was to hit the screens in early 2020 will now directly premiere on the streaming service. It will stream in Tamil and Telugu on the platform along with a dubbed Malayalam version.
The teaser of the film dropped on June 8 and has garnered over 5 million views.
Last year, Stone Bench Films unveiled the lead’s first look from the film. A silhouette of Keerthy’s character, who appears to be pregnant is seen and in the backdrop are mountains.
Recently, another look of the actor from the film was released by the makers; it features a bruised Keerthy.
Watch the trailer of Penguin/PenQueen here: