An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Soon after Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s 1st two flicks in the sequence of movies dedicated to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha military, the author-director returns with a bang in the third film of the sequence – Pawankhind.

The film, which was delayed due to the pandemic, is based on one of the most renowned incidents from Maratha heritage – the Battle of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it crystal clear that this is not a comprehensive documentation of the struggle, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation meant to showcase the bravery of the Marathas concerned in this struggle. So, there are cinematic liberties taken in this retelling, but the crux of the story is managed.

The tale about the Struggle of Pavan Khind (before recognized as Ghod Khind) and the bravery exhibited by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal military of 600 versus the Siddhi Masud and the soldiers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is effectively recognised across Maharashtra. The outcome – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s thriving escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar triumph in recreating this essential chapter from Marathi historical past on display screen? Totally!

Pawankhind is a comprehensive cinematic practical experience that is in good shape for the major screen. The movie is ambitious in hoping to explore this tale in two and a fifty percent hours, but it mostly succeeds in building the ideal construct up and ambience that sales opportunities to a great climax. From laying out the motive and the characters associated in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape prepare and the true battle, Pawankhind lays out all its cards in front you chronologically, whilst inducing a dose of background, drama and even comic aid in between. The movie doesn’t overlook out on offering due credit rating to the majority of the generals who helped Shivaji Maharaj realise his desire of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it is not an straightforward activity to deliver some of the most very well –known names from the Marathi film and Tv marketplace together in a multi-starrer of this scale. But the casting office 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 supplied his most effective to their roles. Even the supporting cast has some unforgettable performances from Kshitee Jog as Badi Begum, Harish Dudhade as Bahirji Naik, Shivraj Waichal as Harpya, Rishi Saxena as Rustam Zaman. A different notable functionality that stands out is that of Ajinkya Nanaware as Shiva Kashid, the male who resembled Shivaji Maharaj and sacrificed himself for his king. The scenes involving Ajinkya and Chinmay are bound to deliver tears to your eyes.

Whilst Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the specialized aspects, although fantastic, could have been improved. The qualifications score overpowers dialogues in some important scenes, and the motion choreography in some scenes fails to make the minimize. On the other hand, all said and accomplished, the complete staff has carried out its ideal to make this a big monitor knowledge. Perhaps with a bigger spending plan, these items can be ironed out in the pursuing movies of Lanjekar’s sequence.

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