An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Following Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s first two motion pictures in the collection of films devoted 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 film, which was delayed owing to the pandemic, is centered on one of the most renowned incidents from Maratha historical past – the Fight of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it crystal clear that this is not a entire documentation of the battle, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation meant 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 maintained.

The story about the Battle of Pavan Khind (earlier regarded as Ghod Khind) and the bravery shown by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal army of 600 towards the Siddhi Masud and the troopers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is effectively recognised across Maharashtra. The final result – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s prosperous escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar succeed in recreating this important chapter from Marathi historical past on screen? Unquestionably!

Pawankhind is a comprehensive cinematic experience that is in good shape for the huge monitor. The film is bold in attempting to take a look at this story in two and a 50 % hours, but it mostly succeeds in developing the right build up and ambience that qualified prospects to a great climax. From laying out the explanation and the people concerned in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape system and the actual struggle, Pawankhind lays out all its cards in front you chronologically, even though inducing a dose of record, drama and even comedian relief in among. The film doesn’t miss out on supplying due credit history to the greater part of the generals who helped Shivaji Maharaj realise his desire of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it is not an simple task to bring some of the most well –known names from the Marathi movie and Tv set industry together 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 actor has presented his most effective to their roles. Even the supporting forged has some memorable performances from Kshitee Jog as Badi Begum, Harish Dudhade as Bahirji Naik, Shivraj Waichal as Harpya, Rishi Saxena as Rustam Zaman. Yet another notable performance 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 convey tears to your eyes.

Though Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the complex aspects, while very good, could have been greater. The background score overpowers dialogues in some critical scenes, and the motion choreography in some scenes fails to make the minimize. Nevertheless, all reported and performed, the full workforce has finished its best to make this a major monitor knowledge. Maybe with a more substantial price range, these factors can be ironed out in the following films of Lanjekar’s collection.

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