An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Just after Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s initially two films in the collection of films dedicated to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha army, 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 just one of the most well-known incidents from Maratha heritage – the Battle of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it crystal clear that this is not a finish documentation of the fight, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation meant to showcase the bravery of the Marathas included in this struggle. So, there are cinematic liberties taken in this retelling, but the crux of the tale is managed.

The tale about the Struggle of Pavan Khind (previously known as Ghod Khind) and the bravery exhibited by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal army of 600 in opposition to the Siddhi Masud and the soldiers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is very well known throughout Maharashtra. The end result – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s effective escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar triumph in recreating this significant chapter from Marathi background on screen? Totally!

Pawankhind is a extensive cinematic encounter that is in good shape for the major monitor. The movie is bold in hoping to examine this tale in two and a fifty percent hrs, but it largely succeeds in generating the right establish up and atmosphere that sales opportunities to a excellent climax. From laying out the purpose and the people concerned in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape strategy and the true struggle, Pawankhind lays out all its playing cards in front you chronologically, whilst inducing a dose of history, drama and even comic aid in between. The movie doesn’t pass up out on giving owing credit to the the vast majority of the generals who assisted Shivaji Maharaj realise his dream of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it’s not an uncomplicated endeavor to provide some of the most properly –known names from the Marathi movie and Television set industry alongside one another 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 each individual actor has supplied his very best to their roles. Even the supporting forged has some memorable performances from Kshitee Jog as Badi Begum, Harish Dudhade as Bahirji Naik, Shivraj Waichal as Harpya, Rishi Saxena as Rustam Zaman. One more notable efficiency 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 certain to carry tears to your eyes.

Even though Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the technical elements, though very good, could have been greater. The history rating overpowers dialogues in some important scenes, and the motion choreography in some scenes fails to make the reduce. On the other hand, all claimed and accomplished, the full crew has carried out its best to make this a significant screen practical experience. It’s possible with a even bigger spending plan, these factors can be ironed out in the pursuing movies of Lanjekar’s sequence.

For now, Pawankhind is a good look at, and at the cinemas only.