An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Immediately after Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s initial two films in the series of films devoted to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha army, the author-director returns with a bang in the 3rd movie of the collection – Pawankhind.

The movie, which was delayed because of to the pandemic, is dependent on a single of the most popular incidents from Maratha historical past – the Fight of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it clear that this is not a entire documentation of the battle, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation meant to showcase the bravery of the Marathas associated in this struggle. So, there are cinematic liberties taken in this retelling, but the crux of the story is maintained.

The story about the Struggle of Pavan Khind (previously identified 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 perfectly known across Maharashtra. The outcome – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s successful escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar thrive in recreating this critical chapter from Marathi history on display? Completely!

Pawankhind is a complete cinematic knowledge that is fit for the huge display. The film is ambitious in seeking to discover this tale in two and a fifty percent hrs, but it largely succeeds in building the ideal build up and ambience that sales opportunities to a wonderful climax. From laying out the reason and the people concerned in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape plan and the real fight, Pawankhind lays out all its playing cards in entrance you chronologically, although inducing a dose of record, drama and even comedian aid in between. The movie doesn’t skip out on providing due credit score to the vast majority of the generals who assisted Shivaji Maharaj realise his desire of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it is not an easy activity to bring some of the most well –known names from the Marathi movie and Television marketplace 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 just about every actor has presented his finest 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. Yet another noteworthy 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 bound to deliver tears to your eyes.

Though Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the complex factors, however excellent, could have been better. The history score overpowers dialogues in some important scenes, and the action choreography in some scenes fails to make the cut. Even so, all explained and performed, the entire team has completed its very best to make this a huge display screen knowledge. Probably with a even larger finances, these matters can be ironed out in the subsequent movies of Lanjekar’s sequence.

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