An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Just after Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s first two movies in the collection 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 sequence – Pawankhind.

The film, which was delayed thanks to the pandemic, is primarily based on 1 of the most well known incidents from Maratha record – the Battle of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it obvious that this is not a comprehensive documentation of the battle, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation intended 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 story is managed.

The story about the Battle of Pavan Khind (earlier known as Ghod Khind) and the bravery displayed by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal military of 600 in opposition to the Siddhi Masud and the troopers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is well acknowledged across Maharashtra. The end result – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s prosperous escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar thrive in recreating this crucial chapter from Marathi record on display screen? Unquestionably!

Pawankhind is a comprehensive cinematic knowledge that is in good shape for the huge screen. The film is bold in striving to discover this story in two and a fifty percent hrs, but it largely succeeds in building the ideal establish up and ambience that potential customers to a amazing climax. From laying out the cause and the people associated in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape system and the precise fight, Pawankhind lays out all its cards in entrance you chronologically, whilst inducing a dose of history, drama and even comic aid in among. The film doesn’t miss out on out on providing due credit rating to the greater part of the generals who aided Shivaji Maharaj realise his aspiration of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it is not an effortless activity to bring some of the most properly –known names from the Marathi film and Television set field alongside one another 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 actor has supplied his ideal 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. An additional notable 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 bound to provide tears to your eyes.

Even though Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the technical factors, though fantastic, could have been greater. The track record score overpowers dialogues in some critical scenes, and the motion choreography in some scenes fails to make the cut. On the other hand, all mentioned and done, the entire group has performed its finest to make this a large display screen working experience. Possibly with a larger spending budget, these issues can be ironed out in the next movies of Lanjekar’s collection.

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