An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Right after Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s initially two motion pictures in the sequence of films focused to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha military, the author-director returns with a bang in the third film of the series – Pawankhind.

The film, which was delayed due to the pandemic, is primarily based on one of the most renowned incidents from Maratha record – the Struggle of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it obvious that this is not a finish documentation of the battle, 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 taken care of.

The tale about the Battle of Pavan Khind (earlier identified 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 throughout Maharashtra. The consequence – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s successful escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar realize success in recreating this significant chapter from Marathi historical past on screen? Absolutely!

Pawankhind is a complete cinematic encounter that is in shape for the massive display. The movie is bold in making an attempt to explore this story in two and a 50 percent several hours, but it mostly succeeds in producing the right create up and atmosphere that qualified prospects to a great climax. From laying out the purpose and the characters associated in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape system and the precise fight, Pawankhind lays out all its playing cards in entrance you chronologically, while inducing a dose of heritage, drama and even comic relief in involving. The movie does not miss out on out on offering thanks credit score to the majority of the generals who helped Shivaji Maharaj realise his desire of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it’s not an simple task to carry some of the most nicely –known names from the Marathi movie and Tv marketplace jointly 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 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. One more notable effectiveness that stands out is that of Ajinkya Nanaware as Shiva Kashid, the guy who resembled Shivaji Maharaj and sacrificed himself for his king. The scenes involving Ajinkya and Chinmay are sure to carry tears to your eyes.

While Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the complex areas, nevertheless superior, could have been far better. The background score overpowers dialogues in some critical scenes, and the action choreography in some scenes fails to make the slash. Nonetheless, all claimed and completed, the overall group has completed its greatest to make this a huge display screen knowledge. Possibly with a larger funds, these issues can be ironed out in the subsequent movies of Lanjekar’s collection.

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