Keerthy Suresh’s Penguin is the second big direct to digital release this year in Tamil cinema after Ponmagal Vandhal
The film’s producer Karthik Subbaraj, director Eashvar Karthic, and actress Keerthy Suresh interacted with the media over a virtual chat session recently. “We made Penguin only for theatre-going audiences. As a filmmaker and producer, I always prefer to watch films in the theatre because the magic is meant to be witnessed only on a big screen with a proper sound system and projection. Even with a proper theatrical release, only a few theatres are equipped with the technology that supports our creative output. With OTT release, a few might watch our film on their mobile phones too and not all the audiences have proper sound systems at their residences. But the reach is huge. I can also assure you that this is an alternative plan during this pandemic,” says director Karthik Subbaraj, one of the producers of the film.
“Most of my colleagues don’t even have film releases during the pandemic. In a way, I’m lucky because Penguin has found its way to reach the audience. I had planned to watch the film along with a packed crowd but that can’t be done now. However, more people will be watching my film. In the theatrical release, you have box office collections to gauge success. In OTT, the number of views and reviews would tell us the overall reception,” shared actress Keerthy.
“OTT will also break the language barrier. I was told that Penguin can be watched across the world so the reach is definitely massive,” she adds.
Keerthy further adds,
“Mahanati also helped me to choose the right scripts. Even in mainstream commercial films, I’m now looking for roles with a good scope to perform. Having said that I personally feel female-centric and hero oriented films should coexist. As an actress, I want to explore all genres.”
Premiering on Amazon Prime Video this Friday, 19th June 2020, Penguin is the story of a mother who would go to any extent to protect her child.
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