An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Soon after Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s initial two videos in the collection of films devoted to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha military, the writer-director returns with a bang in the third movie of the series – Pawankhind.

The movie, which was delayed due to the pandemic, is centered on one of the most popular incidents from Maratha record – the Struggle of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it crystal clear that this is not a complete documentation of the fight, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation intended to showcase the bravery of the Marathas concerned in this struggle. 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 (earlier recognised as Ghod Khind) and the bravery displayed by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal military of 600 against the Siddhi Masud and the troopers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is properly recognised throughout Maharashtra. The final result – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s successful escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar do well in recreating this critical chapter from Marathi historical past on display screen? Unquestionably!

Pawankhind is a complete cinematic expertise that is in good shape for the massive display screen. The film is bold in hoping to examine this story in two and a 50 percent hrs, but it mainly succeeds in creating the suitable develop up and atmosphere that leads to a superb climax. From laying out the explanation and the figures concerned in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape strategy and the genuine fight, Pawankhind lays out all its cards in entrance you chronologically, while inducing a dose of background, drama and even comedian aid in between. The film doesn’t skip out on providing owing credit history to the greater part of the generals who helped Shivaji Maharaj realise his dream of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it is not an effortless undertaking to convey some of the most very well –known names from the Marathi film and Television set market with each other 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 just about every actor has given his most effective 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 effectiveness that stands out is that of Ajinkya Nanaware as Shiva Kashid, the guy who resembled Shivaji Maharaj and sacrificed himself for his king. The scenes involving Ajinkya and Chinmay are bound to convey tears to your eyes.

Although Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the technological areas, though excellent, could have been far better. The background score overpowers dialogues in some significant scenes, and the motion choreography in some scenes fails to make the slice. Nevertheless, all stated and finished, the overall group has done its most effective to make this a significant screen working experience. Probably with a even bigger funds, these matters can be ironed out in the pursuing films of Lanjekar’s series.

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