An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Following Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s very first two videos in the series of films dedicated to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha military, the author-director returns with a bang in the third movie of the sequence – Pawankhind.

The movie, which was delayed because of to the pandemic, is based mostly on one particular of the most well-known incidents from Maratha history – the Struggle of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it crystal 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 struggle. So, there are cinematic liberties taken in this retelling, but the crux of the tale is taken care of.

The story about the Fight of Pavan Khind (earlier known as Ghod Khind) and the bravery shown by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal military of 600 from the Siddhi Masud and the soldiers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is very well recognised across Maharashtra. The result – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s productive escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar thrive in recreating this important chapter from Marathi history on screen? Certainly!

Pawankhind is a thorough cinematic practical experience that is match for the huge display. The film is ambitious in striving to discover this tale in two and a 50 percent hrs, but it mostly succeeds in building the ideal develop up and atmosphere that leads to a wonderful climax. From laying out the motive and the people concerned in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape prepare and the precise fight, Pawankhind lays out all its playing cards in entrance you chronologically, whilst inducing a dose of record, drama and even comic relief in concerning. The film does not skip out on providing due credit to the majority of the generals who aided Shivaji Maharaj realise his desire of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it’s not an straightforward task to carry some of the most nicely –known names from the Marathi movie and Television sector jointly in a multi-starrer of this scale. But the casting division 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 solid 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 different notable overall performance 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 certain to convey tears to your eyes.

When Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the technical facets, though fantastic, could have been better. The qualifications rating overpowers dialogues in some essential scenes, and the action choreography in some scenes fails to make the reduce. Having said that, all explained and done, the total team has performed its best to make this a huge monitor practical experience. Possibly with a even larger spending plan, these points can be ironed out in the next movies of Lanjekar’s sequence.

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

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