An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Following Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s initial two films in the sequence of movies focused to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha military, the author-director returns with a bang in the third film of the series – Pawankhind.

The movie, which was delayed owing to the pandemic, is dependent on just one of the most famous incidents from Maratha record – the Struggle of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it clear that this is not a entire documentation of the struggle, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation intended to showcase the bravery of the Marathas involved in this battle. So, there are cinematic liberties taken in this retelling, but the crux of the story is taken care of.

The story about the Struggle of Pavan Khind (previously identified as Ghod Khind) and the bravery displayed by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal military of 600 in opposition to the Siddhi Masud and the soldiers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is nicely recognized across Maharashtra. The outcome – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s profitable escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar realize success in recreating this critical chapter from Marathi heritage on screen? Definitely!

Pawankhind is a extensive cinematic expertise that is healthy for the huge monitor. The film is formidable in attempting to explore this story in two and a 50 % hours, but it mostly succeeds in building the ideal establish up and atmosphere that sales opportunities to a superb climax. From laying out the explanation and the figures associated in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape plan and the precise fight, Pawankhind lays out all its playing cards in entrance you chronologically, whilst inducing a dose of heritage, drama and even comedian reduction in amongst. The film does not skip out on offering owing credit score to the the greater part of the generals who helped Shivaji Maharaj realise his dream of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it is not an effortless job to carry some of the most effectively –known names from the Marathi film and Tv set market alongside one another 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 individual actor has offered 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 noteworthy 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 certain to provide tears to your eyes.

Even though Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the technological features, although very good, could have been better. The history rating overpowers dialogues in some essential scenes, and the action choreography in some scenes fails to make the slice. Even so, all stated and accomplished, the complete group has completed its greatest to make this a significant screen expertise. Maybe with a bigger budget, these matters can be ironed out in the next movies of Lanjekar’s collection.

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

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