Keerthy Suresh-starrer Penguin, which is the second mainstream Tamil film to directly release on Amazon Prime Video, is the story of a mother who won’t give up until she finds her missing son.
Directed by Eshwar Karthic, the film which has Keerthy Suresh, Linga, Madhampatty Rangaraj and Advaith in lead roles is produced by director Karthik Subbaraj’s Stone Bench banner. Let’s check out how the movie is.
Rhythm (Keerthy Suresh), a pregnant woman, lives with her husband Gautham (Madhampatti Rangaraj). She lives with a bitter past. Already married, Rhythm’s son Ajay goes missing, leading to her split with her first husband Raghu (Linga).
One day, Ajay comes back. But he is not in a position to reveal anything. Rhythm finds a lot of changes in him. In the meantime, a man dressed as Charlie Chaplin appears now and then in pursuit of Ajay.
The rest is all but how Rhythm unmasks the masked man. The film also gives us answers to questions like where was the boy all these years, and who had kidnapped him.
Convincing performance of Keerthy Suresh, which brings out the vulnerability and the strength in this character, is one of the biggest highlights of the movie. The other two major strengths are Santhosh Narayanan’s musical score and Kharthik Phalani’s cinematography.
Some scenes like Rhythm interrogating a criminal, inside a police station in the presence of police officers, are quite exaggerating. While the first half is engaging, the second loses steam. Particularly, the director should have avoided too much violence, that too made against children. ‘Penguin’ is queen of performance, but lacks in content.
Rating: 3.0 out of 5