An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Following Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s first two films in the sequence of films dedicated to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha military, the writer-director returns with a bang in the 3rd movie of the series – Pawankhind.

The movie, which was delayed owing to the pandemic, is centered on a person of the most renowned incidents from Maratha background – the Struggle of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it clear that this is not a comprehensive documentation of the struggle, 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 story is maintained.

The tale about the Battle of Pavan Khind (before acknowledged as Ghod Khind) and the bravery shown by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal army of 600 against the Siddhi Masud and the troopers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is effectively regarded across Maharashtra. The consequence – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s successful escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar be successful in recreating this important chapter from Marathi record on display? Absolutely!

Pawankhind is a complete cinematic practical experience that is in shape for the large display screen. The film is ambitious in hoping to investigate this tale in two and a 50 percent hours, but it mainly succeeds in creating the appropriate develop up and ambience that prospects to a superb climax. From laying out the reason and the characters concerned in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape strategy and the actual struggle, Pawankhind lays out all its playing cards in entrance you chronologically, while inducing a dose of record, drama and even comic relief in in between. The film does not overlook out on offering because of credit history to the bulk of the generals who served Shivaji Maharaj realise his aspiration of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it is not an easy job to deliver some of the most nicely –known names from the Marathi film and Tv field together in a multi-starrer of this scale. But the casting office 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 very 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. A different notable overall performance that stands out is that of Ajinkya Nanaware as Shiva Kashid, the person who resembled Shivaji Maharaj and sacrificed himself for his king. The scenes involving Ajinkya and Chinmay are sure to bring tears to your eyes.

While Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the specialized facets, nevertheless excellent, could have been greater. The track record score overpowers dialogues in some crucial scenes, and the motion choreography in some scenes fails to make the lower. Nevertheless, all claimed and finished, the entire team has completed its greatest to make this a massive screen working experience. Probably with a larger finances, these issues can be ironed out in the pursuing movies of Lanjekar’s collection.

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

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