An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

After Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s initial two motion pictures in the series 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 sequence – Pawankhind.

The film, which was delayed owing to the pandemic, is based on a person of the most popular incidents from Maratha historical past – the Battle of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it distinct that this is not a entire documentation of the fight, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation meant 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 story is maintained.

The tale about the Battle of Pavan Khind (earlier identified 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 nicely recognised throughout Maharashtra. The result – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s effective escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar do well in recreating this significant chapter from Marathi heritage on monitor? Definitely!

Pawankhind is a thorough cinematic working experience that is match for the huge display. The movie is ambitious in making an attempt to check out this story in two and a fifty percent several hours, but it largely succeeds in developing the correct develop up and ambience that prospects to a wonderful climax. From laying out the rationale and the characters included in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape prepare and the real fight, Pawankhind lays out all its cards in entrance you chronologically, even though inducing a dose of background, drama and even comic reduction in involving. The film doesn’t miss out on out on supplying owing credit history to the majority of the generals who helped Shivaji Maharaj realise his aspiration of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it’s not an quick job to provide some of the most nicely –known names from the Marathi film and Television set business 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 just about every actor has offered his ideal to their roles. Even the supporting solid has some memorable performances from Kshitee Jog as Badi Begum, Harish Dudhade as Bahirji Naik, Shivraj Waichal as Harpya, Rishi Saxena as Rustam Zaman. One more notable effectiveness that stands out is that of Ajinkya Nanaware as Shiva Kashid, the man who resembled Shivaji Maharaj and sacrificed himself for his king. The scenes involving Ajinkya and Chinmay are certain to carry tears to your eyes.

Although Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the specialized factors, nevertheless excellent, could have been better. The background rating overpowers dialogues in some significant scenes, and the action choreography in some scenes fails to make the slash. Having said that, all claimed and accomplished, the overall workforce has done its finest to make this a big screen expertise. Probably with a even larger price range, these points can be ironed out in the next movies of Lanjekar’s collection.

For now, Pawankhind is a terrific enjoy, and at the cinemas only.

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