An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Immediately after Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s initially two movies in the sequence of films focused to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha military, the writer-director returns with a bang in the third movie of the sequence – Pawankhind.

The film, which was delayed due to the pandemic, is centered on just one of the most famous incidents from Maratha history – the Struggle of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it crystal 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 concerned in this fight. So, there are cinematic liberties taken in this retelling, but the crux of the tale is managed.

The story about the Struggle of Pavan Khind (previously regarded as Ghod Khind) and the bravery exhibited by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal military of 600 in opposition to the Siddhi Masud and the troopers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is effectively acknowledged across Maharashtra. The end result – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s thriving escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar thrive in recreating this critical chapter from Marathi record on monitor? Absolutely!

Pawankhind is a complete cinematic expertise that is in shape for the large display. The film is formidable in hoping to investigate this tale in two and a 50 % hrs, but it mostly succeeds in building the suitable create up and atmosphere that potential customers to a fantastic climax. From laying out the reason and the figures concerned in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape approach and the real struggle, Pawankhind lays out all its playing cards in front you chronologically, although inducing a dose of background, drama and even comic relief in between. The film doesn’t skip out on giving due credit rating to the bulk of the generals who aided Shivaji Maharaj realise his aspiration of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it’s not an effortless endeavor to provide some of the most well –known names from the Marathi film and Tv set marketplace alongside one another in a multi-starrer of this scale. But the casting section 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 supplied his ideal 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. A different noteworthy 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 sure to deliver tears to your eyes.

While Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the complex aspects, although good, could have been improved. The history score overpowers dialogues in some crucial scenes, and the action choreography in some scenes fails to make the cut. On the other hand, all said and completed, the overall team has carried out its ideal to make this a major monitor experience. Possibly with a even bigger price range, these points can be ironed out in the subsequent movies of Lanjekar’s sequence.

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