An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Right after Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s very first two motion pictures in the collection of films committed to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha army, the writer-director returns with a bang in the third movie of the collection – Pawankhind.

The film, which was delayed owing to the pandemic, is centered on a single of the most famed incidents from Maratha historical past – the Battle of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it obvious 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 involved in this battle. So, there are cinematic liberties taken in this retelling, but the crux of the tale is preserved.

The tale about the Battle of Pavan Khind (earlier regarded as Ghod Khind) and the bravery displayed by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal army of 600 versus the Siddhi Masud and the soldiers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is effectively known across Maharashtra. The consequence – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s prosperous escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar do well in recreating this critical chapter from Marathi heritage on display screen? Totally!

Pawankhind is a extensive cinematic encounter that is healthy for the big display. The movie is ambitious in trying to check out this tale in two and a 50 % hours, but it largely succeeds in developing the right create up and atmosphere that potential customers to a superb climax. From laying out the reason and the people associated in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape program and the real struggle, Pawankhind lays out all its cards in front you chronologically, even though inducing a dose of heritage, drama and even comic aid in amongst. The movie does not miss out on out on supplying thanks credit score to the bulk of the generals who helped Shivaji Maharaj realise his dream of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it is not an simple undertaking to carry some of the most well –known names from the Marathi movie and Tv market collectively 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 just about every actor has specified his very best to their roles. Even the supporting forged 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 noteworthy overall 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 certain to provide tears to your eyes.

While Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the specialized factors, nevertheless excellent, could have been greater. The track record score overpowers dialogues in some important scenes, and the action choreography in some scenes fails to make the reduce. Even so, all claimed and finished, the entire team has performed its best to make this a significant monitor expertise. Probably with a larger spending plan, these items can be ironed out in the following movies of Lanjekar’s collection.

For now, Pawankhind is a fantastic check out, and at the cinemas only.