An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

ByRachelle R. Sowell

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Right after Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s 1st two films in the series of films committed to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha military, the writer-director returns with a bang in the 3rd movie of the collection – Pawankhind.

The film, which was delayed thanks to the pandemic, is based mostly on one particular of the most well-known incidents from Maratha background – the Fight of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it clear that this is not a finish documentation of the battle, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation meant to showcase the bravery of the Marathas included in this fight. So, there are cinematic liberties taken in this retelling, but the crux of the tale is preserved.

The tale about the Battle of Pavan Khind (earlier known as Ghod Khind) and the bravery displayed by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal army of 600 versus the Siddhi Masud and the troopers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is effectively recognized across Maharashtra. The end result – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s successful escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar thrive in recreating this crucial chapter from Marathi background on display screen? Totally!

Pawankhind is a thorough cinematic working experience that is fit for the large display screen. The film is ambitious in trying to explore this story in two and a fifty percent hours, but it largely succeeds in building the correct construct up and atmosphere that sales opportunities to a excellent climax. From laying out the reason and the people concerned in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape prepare and the precise fight, Pawankhind lays out all its playing cards in entrance you chronologically, although inducing a dose of history, drama and even comic aid in among. The movie doesn’t skip out on providing due credit to the the greater part of the generals who aided Shivaji Maharaj realise his aspiration of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it is not an straightforward task to provide some of the most effectively –known names from the Marathi film and Television market collectively in a multi-starrer of this scale. But the casting section 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 provided his best to their roles. Even the supporting solid has some unforgettable performances from Kshitee Jog as Badi Begum, Harish Dudhade as Bahirji Naik, Shivraj Waichal as Harpya, Rishi Saxena as Rustam Zaman. One more notable general performance 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 sure to convey tears to your eyes.

Even though Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the technical factors, even though fantastic, could have been improved. The history rating overpowers dialogues in some essential scenes, and the motion choreography in some scenes fails to make the slice. Having said that, all said and performed, the total group has completed its very best to make this a large screen encounter. Probably with a even bigger funds, these issues can be ironed out in the following films of Lanjekar’s sequence.

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