An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Just after Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s very first two movies in the collection of films committed to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha military, the author-director returns with a bang in the third film of the sequence – Pawankhind.

The film, which was delayed because of to the pandemic, is centered on 1 of the most famed incidents from Maratha historical past – the Battle of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it clear that this is not a complete documentation of the battle, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation meant to showcase the bravery of the Marathas associated in this fight. So, there are cinematic liberties taken in this retelling, but the crux of the tale is taken care of.

The tale about the Battle of Pavan Khind (previously recognised as Ghod Khind) and the bravery shown by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal army of 600 from the Siddhi Masud and the soldiers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is effectively identified throughout Maharashtra. The consequence – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s prosperous escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar thrive in recreating this critical chapter from Marathi history on screen? Totally!

Pawankhind is a comprehensive cinematic encounter that is in good shape for the massive display. The movie is bold in attempting to take a look at this tale in two and a 50 percent hrs, but it mostly succeeds in making the correct create up and ambience that leads to a great climax. From laying out the motive and the people involved in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape program and the actual battle, Pawankhind lays out all its playing cards in entrance you chronologically, although inducing a dose of history, drama and even comedian relief in involving. The film does not miss out on out on providing owing credit rating to the the vast majority of the generals who served Shivaji Maharaj realise his desire of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it is not an effortless activity to deliver some of the most nicely –known names from the Marathi film and Television set industry jointly 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 each and every actor has specified his most effective to their roles. Even the supporting cast 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 further 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 bring tears to your eyes.

Though Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the technological aspects, although good, could have been better. The qualifications rating overpowers dialogues in some essential scenes, and the action choreography in some scenes fails to make the slice. Even so, all claimed and finished, the overall workforce has finished its most effective to make this a huge screen knowledge. Probably with a bigger spending budget, these matters can be ironed out in the pursuing movies of Lanjekar’s collection.

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