Based on a serial killer, a filmmaker is introduced by a challenge to maintain the level of intensity he creates with the opening shot, especially when it has some great aural and visual sense - such as The case of the penguin, which opens is a deviation of dream-like images, of an angular grave, a yellow umbrella with a Charlie Chaplin figure, a child in a yellow hood, and a dog. We see the masked man (?) Beating the child of his victim.

The nightmare appears in one morning, in what appears to be an abandoned forest, where the man almost sacrifices a ritual, killing himself with minced body parts in a nearby river. But we are brought back to reality with a dog bark, when we find a pregnant Rhythm (Kirti Suresh who effectively sells helplessness) waking up next to her dog Cyrus. Is it a pregnant woman's worst nightmare or a preposition? If anything, the opening sequence promises delicious flavours of South Korean horror and an exhausting investigative thriller.

The Penguin's story - the curious state of a missing boy - is told in flashbacks and is intimate with the rhythms of the present day and his apparently isolated world. Initially, Rhythm tells of his son Ajay, who speaks of the patience and perseverance of a penguin's mother in retrieving her son from the sea. This seemingly cute sleeping story mirrors Rhythm's real-life when a masked man kidnaps Ajay in deep forests.

Days, months and years pass but no trace of Ajay is found. In fact, they are suspected to be dead by the investigating officers, when they take off their clothes after a year in the forest. But Penguin gets a bit interesting when Ajay comes back. Six years later. Although the way he returns or the scene before his arrival seems concocted; You can see why they look and feel 'made'. In Room (2015), when Jack finally sees daylight after being in captivity for seven years, you can't help but be sympathetic to his trauma. Similarly, in Penguin, Ajay takes a while to warm up in the New World. He disappeared as a child but returned as a boy. The questions are big: where and with whom was he? Before he preys on another child, the masked man sets the rhythm to find him.

But the questions that bother us: What is the motive of the film and why does it change every 20 minutes? It begins like a regular investigative thriller with a serial killer backdrop and, in the end, avenges trivial reasons. The big climax reveals, which is hollow and does nothing to change its course, it seems to have been written on paper with this description: 'Think of a bend ... any bend. ' A similar premise was very clear in terms of its structure.

Penguin is not a bad film, but as the story progresses, the idea of ​​writing suspense of God becomes clumsy. The filmmaker, however, is a revelation in terms of his visual sense. Two shots come to mind that are beautifully visualized and shot (by Cinematography Khartik Phalani). The first is where Rhythm comes face to face with Charlie Chaplin. Ishwar does not show him, instead we see his rather mysterious figure in the midst of the fog. You can literally see his personality melding rhythmically - almost to indicate his ubiquity in the forest. The second is when Rhythm finds Ajay on an empty road. She watches him before walking to his feet. The light emanating from his car brings much-needed light to the dark world inside him - this changes to an earlier scene where we see a poster of Michelangelo's Pieta. It is a powerful image. It is said that the film does injustice to its content.


The film is set in Kodaikanal and Ooty
Rhythm (Kirti Suresh) is about another child, who has nightmares, in which an umbrella person harms his lost son. She sets out on a dangerous journey with her trained dog Cyrus (Maddy), to unravel the secrets behind nightmares and protect loved ones.


  • Keerthy Suresh as Rhythm
  • Lingaa as Raghu
  • Madhampatty Rangaraj as Gautham
  • Master Advaith as Ajay
  • Mathi as David
  • Nithya Kirubha as Bhavana
  • Harini as Abhi
  • Thejank as Kathir
  • Maddy as Cyrus
  • Murali as Bhavana's father
  • Aishwarya Ramani as Anjana
  • Uma Shankar as Bhavana's mother
  • Tharini Suresh as Anjana's mother
  • Thilak Rammohan as an inspector
  • Sai Jivitha as young Bhavana
  • Shakthi as preteen Bhavana
  • Umar as young Ajay
  • Muthazhagan as a stranger in the lake
  • Vadivel as a cab driver.

Director: Eshwar Karthic

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