An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Right after Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s initial two motion pictures in the series of films committed to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha military, the writer-director returns with a bang in the third movie of the sequence – Pawankhind.

The film, which was delayed because of to the pandemic, is based on a single of the most popular incidents from Maratha background – the Battle of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it very clear that this is not a comprehensive documentation of the fight, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation meant to showcase the bravery of the Marathas involved in this battle. So, there are cinematic liberties taken in this retelling, but the crux of the story is maintained.

The tale about the Struggle of Pavan Khind (earlier recognized as Ghod Khind) and the bravery exhibited by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal army of 600 from the Siddhi Masud and the soldiers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is effectively recognized across Maharashtra. The consequence – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s effective escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar realize success in recreating this vital chapter from Marathi record on display screen? Definitely!

Pawankhind is a complete cinematic working experience that is in good shape for the big monitor. The film is formidable in making an attempt to investigate this story in two and a 50 percent hours, but it mostly succeeds in producing the appropriate build up and atmosphere that prospects to a fantastic climax. From laying out the explanation and the characters associated in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape system and the genuine battle, Pawankhind lays out all its playing cards in entrance you chronologically, whilst inducing a dose of historical past, drama and even comic aid in concerning. The movie does not pass up out on offering owing credit rating to the the greater part of the generals who assisted Shivaji Maharaj realise his desire of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it is not an straightforward process to provide some of the most very well –known names from the Marathi film and Tv marketplace jointly 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 actor has provided 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. Another noteworthy efficiency 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 bring tears to your eyes.

Even though Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the complex factors, nevertheless great, could have been greater. The background rating overpowers dialogues in some significant scenes, and the motion choreography in some scenes fails to make the slash. Nevertheless, all said and completed, the complete team has carried out its best to make this a significant monitor expertise. Perhaps with a bigger finances, these things can be ironed out in the pursuing movies of Lanjekar’s collection.

For now, Pawankhind is a excellent look at, and at the cinemas only.