An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Right after Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s initially two videos in the series of movies 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 sequence – Pawankhind.

The film, which was delayed because of to the pandemic, is primarily based on one of the most famous incidents from Maratha record – the Struggle of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it very clear that this is not a full documentation of the fight, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation intended 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 story is managed.

The tale about the Struggle of Pavan Khind (previously known as Ghod Khind) and the bravery shown by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal military of 600 from the Siddhi Masud and the troopers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is well acknowledged throughout Maharashtra. The outcome – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s thriving escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar triumph in recreating this essential chapter from Marathi record on display? Absolutely!

Pawankhind is a thorough cinematic expertise that is match for the large monitor. The film is ambitious in hoping to examine this story in two and a 50 % hours, but it mostly succeeds in developing the appropriate create up and atmosphere that leads to a fantastic climax. From laying out the motive and the people included in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape system and the real fight, Pawankhind lays out all its playing cards in entrance you chronologically, even though inducing a dose of historical past, drama and even comedian relief in concerning. The film doesn’t miss out on giving because of credit history to the bulk of the generals who assisted Shivaji Maharaj realise his desire of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it’s not an easy undertaking to provide some of the most very well –known names from the Marathi movie and Tv field together in a multi-starrer of this scale. But the casting section 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 actor has offered his greatest 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. A further notable performance 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 provide tears to your eyes.

Though Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the complex areas, while excellent, could have been greater. The track record score overpowers dialogues in some crucial scenes, and the action choreography in some scenes fails to make the reduce. Having said that, all mentioned and done, the entire workforce has finished its best to make this a massive screen expertise. Possibly with a larger finances, these matters can be ironed out in the subsequent movies of Lanjekar’s collection.

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