An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Harmony Cardenas
Immediately after Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s 1st two motion pictures in the collection of films dedicated to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha military, the author-director returns with a bang in the 3rd movie of the series – Pawankhind.

The film, which was delayed thanks to the pandemic, is dependent on 1 of the most well known incidents from Maratha record – the Battle of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it very clear that this is not a finish documentation of the struggle, 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 story is maintained.

The story about the Battle of Pavan Khind (before recognised 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 well recognized across Maharashtra. The outcome – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s thriving escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar thrive in recreating this critical chapter from Marathi historical past on display? Totally!

Pawankhind is a extensive cinematic experience that is suit for the large screen. The movie is formidable in hoping to discover this tale in two and a fifty percent several hours, but it largely succeeds in creating the suitable make up and ambience that prospects to a great climax. From laying out the rationale and the figures involved in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape plan and the genuine struggle, Pawankhind lays out all its playing cards in entrance you chronologically, whilst inducing a dose of history, drama and even comedian relief in in between. The film does not pass up out on offering owing credit history to the majority of the generals who helped Shivaji Maharaj realise his dream of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it is not an easy process to convey some of the most nicely –known names from the Marathi film and Tv sector jointly 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 every actor has supplied his very best to their roles. Even the supporting cast has some memorable performances from Kshitee Jog as Badi Begum, Harish Dudhade as Bahirji Naik, Shivraj Waichal as Harpya, Rishi Saxena as Rustam Zaman. Another notable functionality 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 bring tears to your eyes.

Even though Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the specialized aspects, nevertheless fantastic, could have been greater. The track record rating overpowers dialogues in some crucial scenes, and the action choreography in some scenes fails to make the slice. However, all reported and accomplished, the overall crew has carried out its best to make this a major screen working experience. It’s possible with a greater spending budget, these matters can be ironed out in the adhering to movies of Lanjekar’s collection.

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

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