An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Right after Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s very first two videos in the series of movies devoted to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha military, the writer-director returns with a bang in the 3rd movie of the series – Pawankhind.

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

The tale about the Battle of Pavan Khind (before identified as Ghod Khind) and the bravery displayed by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal army of 600 in opposition to the Siddhi Masud and the troopers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is properly identified 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 historical past on screen? Definitely!

Pawankhind is a complete cinematic knowledge that is match for the significant display screen. The film is bold in making an attempt to explore this tale in two and a fifty percent hours, but it mostly succeeds in building the proper make up and ambience that sales opportunities to a wonderful climax. From laying out the rationale and the characters associated in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape strategy and the real fight, Pawankhind lays out all its playing cards in entrance you chronologically, while inducing a dose of heritage, drama and even comedian relief in involving. The film doesn’t skip out on providing thanks credit score to the the vast majority of the generals who aided Shivaji Maharaj realise his desire of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it is not an quick endeavor to provide some of the most nicely –known names from the Marathi movie and Television set field together in a multi-starrer of this scale. But the casting department 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 specified his best to their roles. Even the supporting solid has some unforgettable performances from Kshitee Jog as Badi Begum, Harish Dudhade as Bahirji Naik, Shivraj Waichal as Harpya, Rishi Saxena as Rustam Zaman. One more notable 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 convey tears to your eyes.

Although Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the technical facets, while very good, could have been better. The qualifications rating overpowers dialogues in some significant scenes, and the action choreography in some scenes fails to make the reduce. Having said that, all mentioned and completed, the complete group has carried out its very best to make this a huge display screen working experience. It’s possible with a more substantial spending budget, these matters can be ironed out in the following films of Lanjekar’s collection.

For now, Pawankhind is a good view, and at the cinemas only.