An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Right after Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s initially two movies in the collection of movies devoted to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha army, the writer-director returns with a bang in the third film of the collection – Pawankhind.

The movie, which was delayed thanks to the pandemic, is based on a person of the most well known incidents from Maratha historical past – the Fight of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it apparent that this is not a finish documentation of the battle, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation intended to showcase the bravery of the Marathas included in this battle. So, there are cinematic liberties taken in this retelling, but the crux of the story is preserved.

The tale about the Fight of Pavan Khind (previously acknowledged as Ghod Khind) and the bravery exhibited by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal army of 600 from the Siddhi Masud and the soldiers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is well recognized throughout Maharashtra. The final result – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s successful escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar succeed in recreating this crucial chapter from Marathi historical past on display screen? Totally!

Pawankhind is a extensive cinematic encounter that is healthy for the massive display screen. The movie is formidable in hoping to examine this story in two and a 50 percent hours, but it mainly succeeds in generating the right build up and atmosphere that leads to a superb climax. From laying out the motive and the characters concerned in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape strategy and the actual struggle, Pawankhind lays out all its playing cards in front you chronologically, while inducing a dose of historical past, drama and even comic relief in involving. The movie does not skip out on providing thanks credit score to the the vast majority of the generals who assisted Shivaji Maharaj realise his dream of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it is not an straightforward activity to deliver some of the most properly –known names from the Marathi film and Tv set market with each other in a multi-starrer of this scale. But the casting department 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 offered his best 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. Yet 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 sure to carry tears to your eyes.

Whilst Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the complex elements, though good, could have been superior. The history score overpowers dialogues in some crucial scenes, and the action choreography in some scenes fails to make the slice. Nevertheless, all said and completed, the full workforce has done its greatest to make this a huge monitor knowledge. Possibly with a greater finances, these matters can be ironed out in the adhering to movies of Lanjekar’s sequence.

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