An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Just after Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s initially two movies in the collection of films dedicated to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha army, the writer-director returns with a bang in the 3rd movie of the series – Pawankhind.

The film, which was delayed due to the pandemic, is dependent on 1 of the most famed incidents from Maratha background – the Battle of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it apparent that this is not a comprehensive documentation of the battle, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation intended 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 preserved.

The tale about the Struggle of Pavan Khind (earlier acknowledged as Ghod Khind) and the bravery displayed by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal army of 600 towards the Siddhi Masud and the soldiers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is perfectly recognised across Maharashtra. The consequence – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s thriving escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar do well in recreating this important chapter from Marathi heritage on display? Absolutely!

Pawankhind is a comprehensive cinematic practical experience that is in good shape for the massive monitor. The film is ambitious in striving to take a look at this story in two and a 50 % hours, but it mainly succeeds in building the right construct up and ambience that qualified prospects to a fantastic climax. From laying out the reason and the figures associated 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 front you chronologically, even though inducing a dose of history, drama and even comic reduction in amongst. The film doesn’t skip out on offering owing credit to the bulk of the generals who aided Shivaji Maharaj realise his dream of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it is not an effortless activity to convey some of the most properly –known names from the Marathi film and Tv set market 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 every single actor has presented his best to their roles. Even the supporting forged 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 effectiveness that stands out is that of Ajinkya Nanaware as Shiva Kashid, the man who resembled Shivaji Maharaj and sacrificed himself for his king. The scenes involving Ajinkya and Chinmay are bound to convey tears to your eyes.

Even though Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the technical features, while good, could have been much better. The qualifications score overpowers dialogues in some crucial scenes, and the action choreography in some scenes fails to make the slash. However, all stated and performed, the total staff has performed its best to make this a big screen working experience. Perhaps with a larger funds, these things can be ironed out in the adhering to films of Lanjekar’s collection.

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