An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

After Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s first two films in the series of movies 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 collection – Pawankhind.

The movie, which was delayed because of to the pandemic, is dependent on one particular of the most famous incidents from Maratha heritage – the Fight of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it apparent that this is not a full documentation of the battle, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation meant 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 preserved.

The tale about the Struggle of Pavan Khind (before acknowledged as Ghod Khind) and the bravery shown by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal military of 600 versus the Siddhi Masud and the troopers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is properly identified throughout Maharashtra. The end result – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s thriving escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar realize success in recreating this critical chapter from Marathi history on display? Absolutely!

Pawankhind is a complete cinematic expertise that is suit for the large screen. The movie is formidable in striving to take a look at this tale in two and a fifty percent several hours, but it largely succeeds in creating the proper construct up and ambience that potential customers to a amazing climax. From laying out the explanation and the figures involved in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape strategy and the real struggle, Pawankhind lays out all its playing cards in front you chronologically, whilst inducing a dose of history, drama and even comedian relief in concerning. The film does not pass up out on giving due credit rating to the the vast majority of the generals who helped Shivaji Maharaj realise his desire of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it’s not an effortless activity to bring some of the most perfectly –known names from the Marathi movie and Tv business with each other 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 actor has specified 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 notable general performance 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 sure to carry tears to your eyes.

Although Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the technological elements, however great, could have been superior. 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 reported and completed, the entire group has performed its very best to make this a massive screen working experience. Probably with a even bigger spending budget, these matters can be ironed out in the following movies of Lanjekar’s collection.

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