- 2hrs, 12mins
Mother is the most divine relationship on the earth. Is there more to it?
The story of a mother with a past that one could hardly imagine. It is the agony of a mother losing her first child at no fault of hers. Though the whole world says the kid is no more, she is the only one who believes that the kid is still around and continues to live with the hope to find him one day.
The film starts with a pregnant Rhythm (Keerthy Suresh), an expecting mother of her second kid with a haunting past. She keeps following her instincts to look for her lost first kid Ajay. What does she find? What all she goes through, what she faces, what she finds, and when things seem to be happy everywhere, what happens when she finds that there is more for her to fight? Will she be able to find Ajay as well as take care of the kid to be born? Penguin is all about these questions.
Being a major OTT release starring national award winner Keerthy coming from Karthick Subbaraj needless to say, this movie had great expectations with a lot of content buffs eagerly waiting for the movie (Well, those buffs include me as well :P). The teaser and trailer were cut well to keep up to the expectations and when the movie finally started streaming from yesterday midnight, was it able to stay high? Well, to put it across in one word, I would say I was disappointed.
Penguin starts very well, keeps you engaged, and even makes you guess what could have happened and what will happen. Unfortunately, all this till the first half/interval only. The movie fails to keep up to the pace as the story takes an upside downturn that makes it irrelevant. Some of the scenes that are very crucial and could make this movie go places are handled with the least importance. Did Eashvar Karthic, the director try a unique way of building up the blocks? Well, that’s hard to say but,
I feel the ultimate goal of any director is to entice, engage the audience then only go to educate them.
Following the three Es in order is so very important as it changes the total dynamics of any movie. Penguin seems to have rearranged the order of the Es to move in an unassuming path but did end up with a lot of loose ends.
For any crime/mystery/thriller movie, it takes a village to establish the characters, the motto, and convince the audience which is what is missing in Penguin. And, what is even more disappointing is a key character was pathetically established towards the climax. As a disappointed viewer, I felt it was tacky and turned down all the efforts made to that extent.
If there is a saving grace of the film, it is none other than the protagonist Rhythm (Keerthy Suresh) herself. She has killed it throughout and performed brilliantly. She has portrayed her role so well that you get connected to her without any effort and even feel her. She displayed the emotions of a stressed mother effortlessly and to no wonder, she is a National award winner. In a confusing, underwhelming movie like Penguin, she comes to the rescue and is probably the one strong reason why you can give this movie a watch. The cinematography by Kharthik Phalani is a great aid to her performance. The scenes are just brilliant. Music by Santhosh Narayan is nothing to complain about and just passes by. Also, please look out for Cyrus – I felt Cyrus is the real hero/heroine/detective of the movie. Don’t miss to take out a moment and appreciate Cyrus!
In short, I can say that Penguin couldn’t jump as expected. Well, technically Penguins can’t fly and this one couldn’t either making it fall behind in the list of OTT releases.