An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Immediately after Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s to start with two films in the sequence of movies committed to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha army, the author-director returns with a bang in the 3rd film of the sequence – Pawankhind.

The film, which was delayed because of to the pandemic, is centered on one of the most renowned incidents from Maratha background – the Struggle of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it crystal clear that this is not a finish documentation of the battle, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation intended to showcase the bravery of the Marathas associated in this fight. So, there are cinematic liberties taken in this retelling, but the crux of the story is managed.

The story about the Fight of Pavan Khind (before regarded as Ghod Khind) and the bravery exhibited by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal military of 600 against the Siddhi Masud and the soldiers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is very well regarded across Maharashtra. The end result – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s effective escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar be successful in recreating this significant chapter from Marathi record on display screen? Totally!

Pawankhind is a complete cinematic experience that is in good shape for the large display. The movie is bold in attempting to discover this story in two and a 50 percent hrs, but it mostly succeeds in building the proper develop up and atmosphere that sales opportunities to a fantastic climax. From laying out the purpose and the people included in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape system and the real struggle, Pawankhind lays out all its playing cards in front you chronologically, even though inducing a dose of background, drama and even comedian aid in among. The film does not pass up out on providing thanks credit history to the the vast majority of the generals who helped Shivaji Maharaj realise his dream of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it is not an easy endeavor to bring some of the most nicely –known names from the Marathi movie and Television business collectively in a multi-starrer of this scale. But the casting section and makers pull off this feat. Chinmay Mandlekar as Shivaji Maharaj, Ajay Purkar as Bajiprabhu Deshpande, Sameer Dharmadhikari as Siddhi Jauhar, Aastad Kale as Siddhi Masud, Ankit Mohan as Rayaji Bandal, Mrinal Kulkarni as Maasaheb Jijau, Akshay Waghmare as Koyaji Bandal each and every actor has specified his greatest to their roles. Even the supporting solid has some memorable performances from Kshitee Jog as Badi Begum, Harish Dudhade as Bahirji Naik, Shivraj Waichal as Harpya, Rishi Saxena as Rustam Zaman. A further notable performance that stands out is that of Ajinkya Nanaware as Shiva Kashid, the person who resembled Shivaji Maharaj and sacrificed himself for his king. The scenes involving Ajinkya and Chinmay are certain to bring tears to your eyes.

Though Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the technical elements, although good, could have been much better. The history rating overpowers dialogues in some crucial scenes, and the motion choreography in some scenes fails to make the slice. On the other hand, all reported and carried out, the full group has completed its finest to make this a big display knowledge. Maybe with a even bigger spending budget, these factors can be ironed out in the pursuing films of Lanjekar’s collection.

For now, Pawankhind is a great observe, and at the cinemas only.