An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Following Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s initially two films in the collection of movies devoted to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha army, the author-director returns with a bang in the 3rd film of the sequence – Pawankhind.

The movie, which was delayed because of to the pandemic, is primarily based on one particular of the most renowned incidents from Maratha heritage – the Battle of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it very clear that this is not a finish documentation of the battle, 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 story is managed.

The tale about the Battle of Pavan Khind (before known 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 properly regarded throughout Maharashtra. The consequence – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s profitable escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar do well in recreating this vital chapter from Marathi history on screen? Unquestionably!

Pawankhind is a extensive cinematic practical experience that is in shape for the significant screen. The film is bold in striving to explore this tale in two and a 50 percent hrs, but it mainly succeeds in creating the ideal make up and atmosphere that prospects to a amazing climax. From laying out the motive and the characters associated in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape strategy and the true struggle, Pawankhind lays out all its playing cards in entrance you chronologically, whilst inducing a dose of history, drama and even comedian aid in concerning. The film doesn’t pass up out on giving because of credit score to the the greater part of the generals who aided Shivaji Maharaj realise his dream of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it’s not an easy endeavor to carry some of the most perfectly –known names from the Marathi movie and Television set field with each other 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 each and every actor has presented 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. One more notable 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 sure to bring tears to your eyes.

Even though Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the complex features, though great, could have been better. The background rating overpowers dialogues in some vital scenes, and the motion choreography in some scenes fails to make the lower. Having said that, all claimed and performed, the overall team has completed its greatest to make this a big display knowledge. Perhaps with a greater spending budget, these matters can be ironed out in the following movies of Lanjekar’s series.

For now, Pawankhind is a great check out, and at the cinemas only.