An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

After Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s initially two flicks in the collection of movies focused to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha military, the author-director returns with a bang in the 3rd film of the collection – Pawankhind.

The film, which was delayed thanks to the pandemic, is based mostly on 1 of the most well known incidents from Maratha heritage – the Struggle of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it apparent that this is not a entire documentation of the struggle, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation intended to showcase the bravery of the Marathas concerned in this struggle. So, there are cinematic liberties taken in this retelling, but the crux of the tale is managed.

The tale about the Fight of Pavan Khind (before known as Ghod Khind) and the bravery exhibited by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal military of 600 in opposition to the Siddhi Masud and the soldiers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is well regarded across Maharashtra. The result – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s effective escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar thrive in recreating this vital chapter from Marathi record on screen? Unquestionably!

Pawankhind is a thorough cinematic encounter that is match for the major screen. The movie is formidable in striving to discover this story in two and a fifty percent hours, but it largely succeeds in building the appropriate build up and atmosphere that potential customers to a superb climax. From laying out the reason and the figures associated in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape approach and the real fight, Pawankhind lays out all its playing cards in entrance you chronologically, although inducing a dose of background, drama and even comic reduction in amongst. The film does not pass up out on offering owing credit rating to the the greater part of the generals who served Shivaji Maharaj realise his aspiration of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it is not an simple activity to bring some of the most well –known names from the Marathi film and Television marketplace together in a multi-starrer of this scale. But the casting office 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 supplied his ideal 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. An additional noteworthy overall performance 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 bound to provide tears to your eyes.

Although Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the complex aspects, even though fantastic, could have been far better. The track record score overpowers dialogues in some essential scenes, and the motion choreography in some scenes fails to make the cut. Even so, all stated and carried out, the whole workforce has done its very best to make this a major display screen expertise. Perhaps with a greater budget, these points can be ironed out in the subsequent movies of Lanjekar’s series.

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