An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Following Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s to start with two videos in the sequence of films focused to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha army, the writer-director returns with a bang in the 3rd film of the series – Pawankhind.

The film, which was delayed because of to the pandemic, is dependent on a single of the most renowned incidents from Maratha background – the Battle 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 associated in this battle. So, there are cinematic liberties taken in this retelling, but the crux of the story is taken care of.

The story about the Battle of Pavan Khind (previously regarded as Ghod Khind) and the bravery displayed by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal army of 600 against the Siddhi Masud and the soldiers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is very well identified across Maharashtra. The end result – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s prosperous escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar succeed in recreating this vital chapter from Marathi record on monitor? Certainly!

Pawankhind is a complete cinematic experience that is healthy for the huge display screen. The film is formidable in seeking to investigate this tale in two and a 50 percent hrs, but it mainly succeeds in making the right create up and atmosphere that potential customers to a wonderful climax. From laying out the cause and the people concerned in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape approach and the precise fight, Pawankhind lays out all its cards in front you chronologically, while inducing a dose of historical past, drama and even comedian aid in involving. The movie doesn’t overlook out on supplying thanks credit history to the greater part of the generals who helped Shivaji Maharaj realise his desire of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it is not an uncomplicated endeavor to carry some of the most very well –known names from the Marathi film and Tv set marketplace 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 every actor has specified his finest 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. Yet another noteworthy efficiency that stands out is that of Ajinkya Nanaware as Shiva Kashid, the gentleman who resembled Shivaji Maharaj and sacrificed himself for his king. The scenes involving Ajinkya and Chinmay are sure to carry tears to your eyes.

Whilst Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the specialized elements, while fantastic, could have been better. The qualifications score overpowers dialogues in some critical scenes, and the action choreography in some scenes fails to make the reduce. Nevertheless, all reported and performed, the total workforce has finished its best to make this a big screen practical experience. Probably with a even larger finances, these issues can be ironed out in the subsequent films of Lanjekar’s sequence.

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