An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Soon after Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s very first two flicks in the series 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 thanks to the pandemic, is based on a single of the most well-known incidents from Maratha historical past – the Fight of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it very clear that this is not a total documentation of the fight, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation meant to showcase the bravery of the Marathas associated 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 (previously identified as Ghod Khind) and the bravery displayed by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal army of 600 towards the Siddhi Masud and the troopers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is properly recognized throughout Maharashtra. The end result – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s profitable escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar be successful in recreating this essential chapter from Marathi heritage on screen? Certainly!

Pawankhind is a complete cinematic knowledge that is in shape for the major display. The movie is bold in seeking to discover this tale in two and a 50 percent hours, but it mainly succeeds in building the proper develop up and atmosphere that potential customers to a superb climax. From laying out the purpose and the figures involved in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape program and the actual battle, Pawankhind lays out all its cards in front you chronologically, whilst inducing a dose of history, drama and even comic reduction in amongst. The movie does not overlook out on providing owing credit history to the greater part of the generals who aided Shivaji Maharaj realise his aspiration of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it is not an uncomplicated task to provide some of the most very well –known names from the Marathi film and Tv field alongside one another 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 and every actor has given his very best 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 notable effectiveness that stands out is that of Ajinkya Nanaware as Shiva Kashid, the male who resembled Shivaji Maharaj and sacrificed himself for his king. The scenes involving Ajinkya and Chinmay are bound to convey tears to your eyes.

When Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the complex facets, nevertheless excellent, could have been superior. The background rating overpowers dialogues in some crucial scenes, and the action choreography in some scenes fails to make the reduce. On the other hand, all explained and completed, the whole group has done its most effective to make this a huge display working experience. Perhaps with a greater price range, these issues can be ironed out in the pursuing movies of Lanjekar’s collection.

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