Penguin Movie Review: A Thriller Merely Out to Turn Protagonist Into a Superwoman
Right from the start, ‘Penguin’ helmer Eashvar Karthic appears to have had just one single-minded motive – to turn his heroine, Keerthy Suresh, into a superwoman.
Director: Eashvar Karthic
Cast: Keerthy Suresh, Linga, Madhampatty Rangaraja, Master Advaith
Tamil cinema is now bent on turning its lead actresses into super heroes. We saw this, to an extent, in the Jyotika-starrer Ponmagal Vandhal in which the protagonist carries her daring battle into a courtroom at Ooty. In yet another Amazon premiere (thanks to the coronavirus pandemic that has kept theatres shut), Penguin transforms a seven-month-pregnant Rhythm (played by Keerthy Suresh) into a fearless mother out to find her missing son, Ajay (Master Advaith). The Penguin (in Tamil ) setting is also a hill resort, this time Kodaikanal – where the mist and fog help to create a sense of eeriness, albeit with a few lovely visuals.
After a marriage gone awry post Ajay’s disappearance, Rhythm settles into another relationship with Goutham (Madhampatty Rangaraja) and is set for the arrival of her second child. But she continues to be haunted by Ajay’s memory, and of a possible kidnapper with a Charlie Chaplin mask (the guy must be turning and tossing in his grave).