An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Right after Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s very first two films in the series of movies devoted 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 owing to the pandemic, is centered on one particular of the most popular incidents from Maratha heritage – the Battle of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it distinct that this is not a finish 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 story is managed.

The story about the Battle of Pavan Khind (previously identified as Ghod Khind) and the bravery shown by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal military of 600 from the Siddhi Masud and the troopers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is very well recognized across Maharashtra. The result – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s profitable escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar do well in recreating this vital chapter from Marathi history on display screen? Definitely!

Pawankhind is a complete cinematic experience that is suit for the significant display. The movie is formidable in seeking to examine this story in two and a 50 percent several hours, but it mainly succeeds in generating the suitable construct up and ambience that potential customers to a superb climax. From laying out the motive and the characters concerned in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape plan and the true fight, Pawankhind lays out all its playing cards in front you chronologically, while inducing a dose of history, drama and even comic reduction in in between. The film does not miss out on out on giving due credit history to the bulk of the generals who helped Shivaji Maharaj realise his aspiration of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it is not an easy undertaking to deliver some of the most very well –known names from the Marathi film and Tv field jointly 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 supplied his greatest 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 functionality that stands out is that of Ajinkya Nanaware as Shiva Kashid, the male who resembled Shivaji Maharaj and sacrificed himself for his king. The scenes involving Ajinkya and Chinmay are sure to carry tears to your eyes.

While Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the technological factors, even though superior, could have been improved. The track record score overpowers dialogues in some vital scenes, and the action choreography in some scenes fails to make the lower. Nonetheless, all said and performed, the total workforce has finished its most effective to make this a large display screen expertise. It’s possible with a more substantial funds, these matters can be ironed out in the following movies of Lanjekar’s series.

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

Pauline

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