An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Just after Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s very first two movies in the sequence of films dedicated to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha army, the writer-director returns with a bang in the 3rd film of the sequence – Pawankhind.

The movie, which was delayed owing to the pandemic, is based mostly on one of the most popular incidents from Maratha history – the Fight of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it very clear that this is not a full documentation of the battle, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation meant to showcase the bravery of the Marathas associated in this struggle. So, there are cinematic liberties taken in this retelling, but the crux of the story is maintained.

The tale about the Fight of Pavan Khind (before known as Ghod Khind) and the bravery shown by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal army of 600 towards the Siddhi Masud and the troopers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is nicely recognized throughout Maharashtra. The consequence – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s effective escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar thrive in recreating this significant chapter from Marathi history on screen? Completely!

Pawankhind is a comprehensive cinematic expertise that is suit for the big monitor. The film is bold in making an attempt to explore this story in two and a 50 percent several hours, but it mainly succeeds in generating the ideal make up and ambience that prospects to a excellent climax. From laying out the motive and the characters involved 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, while inducing a dose of background, drama and even comic reduction in in between. The movie doesn’t miss out on offering due credit history to the bulk of the generals who helped Shivaji Maharaj realise his desire of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it’s not an simple undertaking to bring some of the most well –known names from the Marathi film and Tv set field together in a multi-starrer of this scale. But the casting office 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 every single actor has given his greatest to their roles. Even the supporting cast has some unforgettable performances from Kshitee Jog as Badi Begum, Harish Dudhade as Bahirji Naik, Shivraj Waichal as Harpya, Rishi Saxena as Rustam Zaman. A different noteworthy efficiency that stands out is that of Ajinkya Nanaware as Shiva Kashid, the male who resembled Shivaji Maharaj and sacrificed himself for his king. The scenes involving Ajinkya and Chinmay are certain to provide tears to your eyes.

Even though Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the specialized elements, even though great, could have been superior. The background score overpowers dialogues in some critical scenes, and the action choreography in some scenes fails to make the lower. However, all explained and finished, the complete staff has finished its most effective to make this a large display screen practical experience. Probably with a more substantial budget, these factors can be ironed out in the adhering to films of Lanjekar’s sequence.

For now, Pawankhind is a wonderful check out, and at the cinemas only.