The teaser 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 had previously produced Meyaadha Maan and Mercury. The film marks the third production of Stone Bench Films.
The teaser begins pleasantly with beautiful visuals of a lake and a waterfall followed by the protagonist (Keerthy) playing with her son, Ajay one guesses from the teaser, inside a glasshouse. We then find the little boy, in a yellow raincoat, walking away with someone holding a yellow umbrella and Keerthy yelling out his name. What follows is a series of shots where we see Keerthy in despair holding a bunch of ‘missing’ posters, finding a blood-stained yellow raincoat near a lake, a shot of a bouquet with maggots and flies, and a mysterious individual with a mask, in front of an angel’s sculpture, chopping what seems like… the little boy.
Four top actresses across industries took to Twitter to release the teaser. Trisha Krishnan in Tamil, Samantha Akkineni in Telugu, Manju Warrier in Malayalam, and Taapsee Pannu for the English version.
Goodluck Kitty and team #Penguinhttps://t.co/CBHorxGZXl@KeerthyOfficial @PrimeVideoIN⁰⁰ @EashvarKarthic @karthiksubbaraj @Music_Santhosh @KharthikD @Anilkrish88 @SaktheeArtDir @StonebenchFilms @PassionStudios_ @kaarthekeyens @sudhans2017 @SonyMusicSouth #PenguinOnPrime
— Trish (@trishtrashers) June 8, 2020
Now this is a teaser 👏👏 https://t.co/x2nT7oBMW3 ❤️@KeerthyOfficial @PrimeVideoIN⁰⁰ @EashvarKarthic @karthiksubbaraj @Music_Santhosh @KharthikD @Anilkrish88 @SaktheeArtDir @StonebenchFilms @PassionStudios_ @kaarthekeyens @sudhans2017 @SonyMusicSouth #PenguinOnPrime
— Samantha Akkineni (@Samanthaprabhu2) June 8, 2020
— Manju Warrier (@ManjuWarrier4) June 8, 2020
Happy to release the teaser of #Penguin.A Powerful tale of a Mother’s rise to a situation when her nightmares come true. Best wishes @KeerthyOfficial @karthiksubbaraj #PenguinOnPrime on June 19 @PrimeVideoIN⁰⁰@EashvarKarthic @kaarthekeyens @Sudhans2017 https://t.co/4SE4wgawgj
— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) June 8, 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 trailer of the film will drop on June 11.
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 teaser of Penguin/PenQueen here.