An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

After Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s first two videos in the collection of films committed to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha army, the author-director returns with a bang in the 3rd film of the collection – Pawankhind.

The movie, which was delayed owing to the pandemic, is primarily based on 1 of the most well-known incidents from Maratha record – the Fight of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it distinct that this is not a complete documentation of the struggle, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation meant to showcase the bravery of the Marathas associated in this fight. So, there are cinematic liberties taken in this retelling, but the crux of the story is managed.

The tale about the Battle of Pavan Khind (earlier acknowledged as Ghod Khind) and the bravery displayed by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal military of 600 towards the Siddhi Masud and the troopers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is perfectly regarded across Maharashtra. The result – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s productive escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar thrive in recreating this significant chapter from Marathi heritage on display? Completely!

Pawankhind is a complete cinematic expertise that is suit for the big screen. The film is formidable in seeking to examine this tale in two and a 50 % several hours, but it mainly succeeds in generating the appropriate develop up and ambience that prospects to a amazing climax. From laying out the reason and the characters concerned in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape approach and the true battle, Pawankhind lays out all its cards in entrance you chronologically, while inducing a dose of history, drama and even comedian reduction in concerning. The movie doesn’t skip out on supplying thanks credit score to the vast majority of the generals who aided Shivaji Maharaj realise his aspiration of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it’s not an straightforward task to deliver some of the most nicely –known names from the Marathi film and Tv set market together 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 provided his most effective to their roles. Even the supporting solid has some memorable performances from Kshitee Jog as Badi Begum, Harish Dudhade as Bahirji Naik, Shivraj Waichal as Harpya, Rishi Saxena as Rustam Zaman. One more notable efficiency 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 carry tears to your eyes.

Though Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the specialized features, however great, could have been superior. The history rating overpowers dialogues in some important scenes, and the motion choreography in some scenes fails to make the minimize. Having said that, all claimed and done, the full team has carried out its ideal to make this a massive monitor working experience. It’s possible with a even larger spending budget, these items can be ironed out in the adhering to films of Lanjekar’s series.

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