An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Soon after Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s first two flicks in the sequence of films focused to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha military, the writer-director returns with a bang in the 3rd movie of the sequence – Pawankhind.

The film, which was delayed owing to the pandemic, is dependent on 1 of the most famed incidents from Maratha historical past – the Battle of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it clear that this is not a finish documentation of the struggle, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation meant to showcase the bravery of the Marathas included in this battle. So, there are cinematic liberties taken in this retelling, but the crux of the tale is preserved.

The story about the Battle of Pavan Khind (previously regarded as Ghod Khind) and the bravery exhibited by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal military of 600 towards the Siddhi Masud and the soldiers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is perfectly known throughout Maharashtra. The final result – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s effective escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar succeed in recreating this essential chapter from Marathi heritage on display? Completely!

Pawankhind is a comprehensive cinematic practical experience that is fit for the major display. The film is bold in making an attempt to examine this tale in two and a fifty percent hours, but it mostly succeeds in making the ideal build up and ambience that prospects to a great climax. From laying out the motive and the characters involved in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape program and the actual battle, Pawankhind lays out all its playing cards in entrance you chronologically, even though inducing a dose of record, drama and even comedian relief in among. The movie doesn’t pass up 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 task to provide some of the most perfectly –known names from the Marathi movie and Television set market alongside one another 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 provided his very best to their roles. Even the supporting cast has some memorable performances from Kshitee Jog as Badi Begum, Harish Dudhade as Bahirji Naik, Shivraj Waichal as Harpya, Rishi Saxena as Rustam Zaman. A further noteworthy general performance 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 certain to bring tears to your eyes.

While Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the complex elements, although great, could have been improved. The qualifications score overpowers dialogues in some crucial scenes, and the motion choreography in some scenes fails to make the lower. On the other hand, all mentioned and performed, the total workforce has finished its greatest to make this a large display encounter. Maybe with a even bigger spending plan, these points can be ironed out in the next movies of Lanjekar’s sequence.

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