Keerthy Suresh’s Penguin/PenQueen will directly hit the OTT platform Amazon Prime Video on June 19, 2020. The teaser of the film will drop on Monday, June 8. Penguin that was to hit the screens in early 2020 will now directly premiere on the streaming service.
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.
Expect the unexpected.#PenguinOnPrime premieres June 19 in Tamil and Telugu, with dub in Malayalam.@KeerthyOfficial @EashvarKarthic @karthiksubbaraj @Music_Santhosh @Madhampatty @StonebenchFilms @PassionStudios_ #PassionStudios @SonyMusicSouth pic.twitter.com/PXxdMhXeQd
— amazon prime video IN (@PrimeVideoIN) June 6, 2020
On 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, 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 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.
The film will stream in Tamil and Telugu on the platform along with a dubbed Malayalam version.
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.