An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Soon after Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s 1st two films in the sequence of movies dedicated to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha military, the author-director returns with a bang in the third movie of the sequence – Pawankhind.

The movie, which was delayed because of to the pandemic, is centered on one of the most famous incidents from Maratha heritage – the Fight of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it 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 concerned in this struggle. So, there are cinematic liberties taken in this retelling, but the crux of the tale is taken care of.

The story about the Battle of Pavan Khind (earlier recognized as Ghod Khind) and the bravery displayed by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal army of 600 against the Siddhi Masud and the troopers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is nicely recognized throughout Maharashtra. The consequence – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s prosperous escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar do well in recreating this essential chapter from Marathi record on display screen? Completely!

Pawankhind is a comprehensive cinematic encounter that is in shape for the big screen. The movie is bold in striving to investigate this tale in two and a half several hours, but it largely succeeds in producing the right develop up and ambience that leads to a great climax. From laying out the cause and the figures involved in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape strategy and the genuine battle, Pawankhind lays out all its playing cards in front you chronologically, while inducing a dose of heritage, drama and even comedian relief in among. The film does not miss out on providing because of credit rating to the greater part of the generals who assisted Shivaji Maharaj realise his desire of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it is not an effortless job to convey some of the most effectively –known names from the Marathi movie and Tv set industry alongside one another 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 just about every actor has presented his ideal to their roles. Even the supporting cast 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 different noteworthy functionality 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 sure to provide tears to your eyes.

While Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the complex features, though very good, could have been greater. The background rating overpowers dialogues in some significant scenes, and the motion choreography in some scenes fails to make the slice. Having said that, all claimed and carried out, the total workforce has completed its finest to make this a massive monitor experience. Perhaps with a greater finances, these things can be ironed out in the adhering to films of Lanjekar’s collection.

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