An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Immediately after Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s initial two movies in the series of movies committed to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha military, the writer-director returns with a bang in the third movie of the sequence – Pawankhind.

The film, which was delayed thanks to the pandemic, is centered on one of the most well-known incidents from Maratha record – the Battle of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it distinct that this is not a total 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 story is preserved.

The tale about the Battle of Pavan Khind (earlier regarded as Ghod Khind) and the bravery exhibited by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal army of 600 versus the Siddhi Masud and the troopers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is nicely regarded across Maharashtra. The consequence – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s effective escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar do well in recreating this essential chapter from Marathi historical past on screen? Certainly!

Pawankhind is a complete cinematic working experience that is fit for the massive display screen. The film is ambitious in seeking to examine this tale in two and a fifty percent hrs, but it mainly succeeds in creating the proper create up and ambience that prospects to a wonderful climax. From laying out the cause and the figures involved in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape strategy and the real struggle, Pawankhind lays out all its cards in front you chronologically, while inducing a dose of history, drama and even comic relief in between. The film does not skip out on providing thanks credit rating to the bulk of the generals who helped Shivaji Maharaj realise his dream of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it is not an simple endeavor to convey some of the most nicely –known names from the Marathi film and Tv set sector collectively 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 single actor has specified his best to their roles. Even the supporting forged has some unforgettable performances from Kshitee Jog as Badi Begum, Harish Dudhade as Bahirji Naik, Shivraj Waichal as Harpya, Rishi Saxena as Rustam Zaman. Another notable efficiency 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.

Even though Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the technological factors, nevertheless very good, could have been far better. The background score overpowers dialogues in some essential scenes, and the motion choreography in some scenes fails to make the reduce. Even so, all mentioned and carried out, the total crew has finished its ideal to make this a significant display practical experience. Possibly with a more substantial funds, these items can be ironed out in the adhering to movies of Lanjekar’s series.

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