Keerthy Suresh on ‘Mahanati’, ‘Penguin’ and her winning streak: ‘Magic does happen’


The last 40 days during lockdown have been the longest Keerthy Suresh has spent at her home in Kerala since she moved to Chennai to study fashion design. The 27-year-old actor was fortunate that she could visit a studio and complete dubbing for her movie film Penguin. In Eashvar Karthic’s Tamil thriller, which will be streamed on Amazon Prime Video on June 19, Suresh plays Rhythm, a mother searching for her missing son.

A former child actor, Suresh graduated to lead roles with Geethaanjali in 2013. The Telugu-language Mahanati, in which Suresh played Southern cinema legend Savitri, catapulted her to the big league and won her a National Film Award. Excerpts from an interview.

How would you describe ‘Penguin’?
It’s an emotional thriller, which is mostly about motherhood and the bond between mother and son. It’s about the trauma she experiences when she loses her son. The whole story is set over four days, during which she tries to find her son.

What was it like working with ‘Penguin’ producer Karthik Subbaraj, who is said to be one of the most exciting filmmakers in Tamil?
Karthik has this tag right now that if it is his film, it will be a good script and good film. He is a very sensible director. So…

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