Penguin is an upcoming mystery thriller directed by Eashvar Karthic who is making his debut as a director with this movie which is produced by Karthik Subbaraj’s Stone Bench Films. Penguin stars the highly talented and versatile National Award Winning actress Keerthy Suresh, of Mahanati fame. Eshvar Karthic spoke to the media about his experiences with directing Penguin and how he came up with the title for the movie.
Eashvar Karthic said he penned the script for Penguin in eighteen days and also said he was inspired to write a woman centric story, in which an ordinary woman encounters an extraordinary situation. Eshvar ensured there were sufficient suspense elements for the audience which would come every twenty minutes. But the most interesting tidbit Eshvar shared is about how the crew and cast were attacked by bees when they were disturbed by the lighting units. Most everyone present including Keerthy Suresh were stung by the bees and four of their crew members swooned from the stings. Everyone was rushed to the nearest hospital for treatment and the shoot resumed immediately after everyone was cleared by healthcare staff.
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The trailer for Penguin was released on the 11th and it was quite evident from the trailer that the antagonist was a person wearing a Charlie Chaplin mask. Eashwar Karthik shared that the crew does not know who the person behind the mask was and added that less than 20% of the crew know the real identity of the ‘mask man.’ Even Keerthy Suresh had no idea who it was until she was informed much later about the identity of the ‘mask man.’
Penguin is scheduled to premiere on the Over The Top (OTT) streaming platform Amazon Prime Video, on June 19th. This movie is the first multi lingual film to get a direct OTT release in India.