An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Right after Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s first two movies in the sequence of films committed to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha army, the writer-director returns with a bang in the third film of the series – Pawankhind.

The film, which was delayed because of to the pandemic, is centered on just one of the most famed incidents from Maratha background – the Battle of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it distinct that this is not a total documentation of the battle, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation intended to showcase the bravery of the Marathas concerned 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 (previously recognized as Ghod Khind) and the bravery shown by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal army of 600 versus the Siddhi Masud and the troopers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is effectively recognised across Maharashtra. The final result – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s prosperous escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar thrive in recreating this important chapter from Marathi record on monitor? Certainly!

Pawankhind is a thorough cinematic working experience that is fit for the major display. The movie is formidable in striving to explore this tale in two and a 50 percent hrs, but it mainly succeeds in generating the appropriate build up and atmosphere that sales opportunities to a wonderful climax. From laying out the reason and the characters involved in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape program and the actual battle, Pawankhind lays out all its cards in entrance you chronologically, whilst inducing a dose of history, drama and even comic aid in involving. The movie doesn’t overlook out on supplying owing credit to the the greater part of the generals who served Shivaji Maharaj realise his aspiration of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it is not an easy job to provide some of the most very well –known names from the Marathi film and Tv set industry jointly in a multi-starrer of this scale. But the casting division 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 specified his most effective 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 general performance that stands out is that of Ajinkya Nanaware as Shiva Kashid, the guy who resembled Shivaji Maharaj and sacrificed himself for his king. The scenes involving Ajinkya and Chinmay are sure to carry tears to your eyes.

When Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the technological areas, even though very good, could have been greater. The history score overpowers dialogues in some important scenes, and the motion choreography in some scenes fails to make the lower. Nevertheless, all stated and performed, the entire team has finished its very best to make this a massive display screen expertise. Maybe with a more substantial spending plan, these points can be ironed out in the subsequent films of Lanjekar’s collection.

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