An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Just after Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s first two films in the collection of movies focused to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha military, the author-director returns with a bang in the 3rd movie of the sequence – Pawankhind.

The movie, which was delayed owing to the pandemic, is based mostly on 1 of the most famed incidents from Maratha history – the Fight of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it very clear that this is not a total documentation of the fight, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation intended to showcase the bravery of the Marathas included in this battle. So, there are cinematic liberties taken in this retelling, but the crux of the tale is managed.

The tale about the Struggle of Pavan Khind (before acknowledged as Ghod Khind) and the bravery displayed by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal military of 600 from the Siddhi Masud and the soldiers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is well acknowledged throughout Maharashtra. The result – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s productive escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar thrive in recreating this essential chapter from Marathi background on display screen? Certainly!

Pawankhind is a extensive cinematic working experience that is fit for the huge screen. The movie is ambitious in attempting to discover this story in two and a 50 % several hours, but it mostly succeeds in building the appropriate make up and ambience that qualified prospects to a wonderful climax. From laying out the purpose and the characters concerned in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape program and the true struggle, Pawankhind lays out all its playing cards in entrance you chronologically, even though inducing a dose of record, drama and even comic relief in in between. The film does not skip out on supplying due credit rating to the bulk of the generals who served Shivaji Maharaj realise his dream of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it’s not an effortless task to convey some of the most very well –known names from the Marathi movie and Tv set field alongside one another 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 actor has provided his very best to their roles. Even the supporting forged has some memorable performances from Kshitee Jog as Badi Begum, Harish Dudhade as Bahirji Naik, Shivraj Waichal as Harpya, Rishi Saxena as Rustam Zaman. An additional noteworthy overall performance 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.

Although Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the specialized facets, though good, could have been far better. The background score overpowers dialogues in some crucial scenes, and the motion choreography in some scenes fails to make the lower. Nonetheless, all claimed and performed, the total team has finished its greatest to make this a huge display working experience. Perhaps with a even bigger price range, these points can be ironed out in the pursuing films of Lanjekar’s series.

For now, Pawankhind is a great observe, and at the cinemas only.