Following Jyotika starrer Ponmagal Vandhal, the next film to directly hit the Over-The-Top (OTT) platform is Keerthy Suresh‘s Penguin/PenQueen. A film that was to hit the screens in early 2020 will now directly premiere on Amazon Prime on June 19, 2020.
Helmed by debut director Eashvar Karthic, the ‘woman-centric’ film is being bankrolled by Passion Studios and presented by filmmaker Karthik Subbaraj‘s Stone Bench Films which had previously produced Meyaadha Maan and Mercury. The film marks the third production of Stone Bench Films.
She’s on a path-breaking journey… destined to go very far! #Penguin releasing on 19th June #PenguinOnPrime #WorldPremiereOnPrime@keerthyofficial @EashvarKarthic @karthiksubbaraj @music_santhosh @madhampatty @stonebenchfilms pic.twitter.com/uFCxpcAUhH
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On Monday, May 11, the TamilNadu government allowed the resumption of post-production activities such as editing, dubbing, VFX (Visual Effects), CGI (Computer Generated Imagery), DI (Digital Intermediary), BGM Score (Background Music Score), Sound Effects, Foley and Mixing with a limited number of crew members and sanitised workplaces. 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 gave rise 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
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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 were designed by Pallavi Singh. While Santhosh Narayanan has composed music, Thomas Kurian was in charge of sound design.
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.