An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Just after Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s to start with two movies in the series of movies focused 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 due to the pandemic, is based mostly on one particular of the most famous incidents from Maratha historical past – the Struggle of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it very clear that this is not a finish documentation of the struggle, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation intended to showcase the bravery of the Marathas involved in this fight. So, there are cinematic liberties taken in this retelling, but the crux of the tale is taken care of.

The story about the Struggle of Pavan Khind (earlier acknowledged as Ghod Khind) and the bravery shown by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal military of 600 against the Siddhi Masud and the troopers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is nicely identified across Maharashtra. The result – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s thriving escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar thrive in recreating this significant chapter from Marathi history on screen? Unquestionably!

Pawankhind is a thorough cinematic experience that is match for the major screen. The film is bold in striving to examine this story in two and a 50 percent hours, but it mainly succeeds in generating the suitable establish up and ambience that prospects to a amazing climax. From laying out the explanation and the people included in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape strategy and the actual fight, Pawankhind lays out all its cards in entrance you chronologically, whilst inducing a dose of background, drama and even comic reduction in amongst. The movie does not miss out on out on supplying because of credit score to the bulk of the generals who aided Shivaji Maharaj realise his dream of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it’s not an easy task to deliver some of the most effectively –known names from the Marathi movie and Tv set business together in a multi-starrer of this scale. But the casting department 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 greatest to their roles. Even the supporting solid has some unforgettable performances from Kshitee Jog as Badi Begum, Harish Dudhade as Bahirji Naik, Shivraj Waichal as Harpya, Rishi Saxena as Rustam Zaman. An additional noteworthy functionality 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 certain to provide tears to your eyes.

While Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the specialized aspects, nevertheless great, could have been better. The qualifications score overpowers dialogues in some important scenes, and the motion choreography in some scenes fails to make the slice. However, all stated and carried out, the complete staff has accomplished its greatest to make this a significant screen experience. Perhaps with a greater funds, these points can be ironed out in the pursuing movies of Lanjekar’s sequence.

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