An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

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

The film, which was delayed because of to the pandemic, is centered on 1 of the most well-known incidents from Maratha history – the Struggle of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it obvious 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 struggle. So, there are cinematic liberties taken in this retelling, but the crux of the story is maintained.

The story about the Battle of Pavan Khind (previously recognized as Ghod Khind) and the bravery exhibited by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal army of 600 towards the Siddhi Masud and the troopers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is perfectly acknowledged throughout Maharashtra. The result – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s thriving escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar succeed in recreating this significant chapter from Marathi record on screen? Completely!

Pawankhind is a complete cinematic practical experience that is in shape for the major display screen. The movie is formidable in striving to investigate this tale in two and a 50 percent hrs, but it mostly succeeds in creating the correct establish up and ambience that sales opportunities to a excellent climax. From laying out the rationale and the characters included in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape system and the precise struggle, Pawankhind lays out all its playing cards in front you chronologically, even though inducing a dose of background, drama and even comedian aid in concerning. The movie does not overlook out on providing thanks credit score to the the greater part of the generals who assisted Shivaji Maharaj realise his aspiration of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it is not an simple endeavor to bring some of the most very well –known names from the Marathi film and Television set industry together 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 individual actor has offered his most effective to their roles. Even the supporting cast has some memorable performances from Kshitee Jog as Badi Begum, Harish Dudhade as Bahirji Naik, Shivraj Waichal as Harpya, Rishi Saxena as Rustam Zaman. A different notable effectiveness 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 carry tears to your eyes.

Although Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the technological facets, though excellent, could have been better. The track record rating overpowers dialogues in some vital scenes, and the action choreography in some scenes fails to make the lower. Nonetheless, all said and carried out, the entire team has carried out its finest to make this a big display screen knowledge. Perhaps with a bigger spending budget, these points can be ironed out in the subsequent movies of Lanjekar’s series.

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