National Award-winning actress Keerthy Suresh’s upcoming film Penguin is a psychological thriller that also features an eerie-looking maskman. The actress, however, says that initially, she thought that the movie was based on music. Keerthy will be seen as a pregnant mother who sets out on a dangerous and physically demanding journey to unravel a mystery from her past and save her loved ones.
“The name of my character is Rhythm, so I thought it was going to be a musical. In fact, there aren’t many songs in the film,” she told IANS.
She might have got the genre wrong at first, but after a narration, she was all for it. “Eashvar Karthic (director) had narrated it for four hours or more. But I was glued to it. He is a very good narrator. I loved the script. I was looking for something like this,” said the Mahanati actress. Recalling her shoot days, she shared: “We shot the film in 35 days. Something that I had never done before. It was done in a short span of time. We had our own technicians acting in the movie. The lightman and my make-up man were also part of it. It was so much fun.” There was also a mystery element on sets.
“Very few people knew the maskman. That was something interesting. It was very secretive, the mask was never out,” she said about the arch-villain of the film.
The psychological-thriller is scheduled for a global premiere on Amazon Prime Video on June 19. The film is a Tamil-Telugu bilingual. Viewers will also have the Malayalam dubbed version option.
“Watching it on a big screen would have been a completely different experience, but considering the situation, we have to adapt to it. It’s actually a good thing that I have a release at this time, during the lockdown. It is also catering to a larger audience and not just a few states, so I think it has its own added advantage. I think it’s definitely going to work for the movie,” said Keerthy.