An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Soon after Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s 1st two motion pictures in the collection of films dedicated to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha military, the author-director returns with a bang in the third movie of the series – Pawankhind.

The film, which was delayed owing to the pandemic, is primarily based on one of the most renowned incidents from Maratha heritage – the Battle of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it obvious that this is not a full documentation of the struggle, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation meant to showcase the bravery of the Marathas concerned in this fight. So, there are cinematic liberties taken in this retelling, but the crux of the tale is managed.

The story about the Struggle of Pavan Khind (earlier recognized as Ghod Khind) and the bravery shown by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal army of 600 from the Siddhi Masud and the soldiers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is properly regarded across Maharashtra. The end result – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s thriving escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar do well in recreating this vital chapter from Marathi history on screen? Unquestionably!

Pawankhind is a complete cinematic experience that is in good shape for the large display. The film is formidable in hoping to explore this story in two and a fifty percent several hours, but it largely succeeds in building the ideal make up and ambience that potential customers to a great climax. From laying out the reason and the people associated in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape system and the true battle, Pawankhind lays out all its cards in entrance you chronologically, while inducing a dose of history, drama and even comedian relief in between. The film does not skip out on supplying due credit to the bulk of the generals who assisted Shivaji Maharaj realise his dream of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it is not an simple undertaking to convey some of the most very well –known names from the Marathi film and Tv set sector collectively 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 just about every actor has provided his most effective to their roles. Even the supporting solid has some memorable performances from Kshitee Jog as Badi Begum, Harish Dudhade as Bahirji Naik, Shivraj Waichal as Harpya, Rishi Saxena as Rustam Zaman. One more notable functionality 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 bound to deliver tears to your eyes.

Even though Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the technical areas, while good, could have been far better. The track record score overpowers dialogues in some important scenes, and the action choreography in some scenes fails to make the minimize. However, all reported and carried out, the complete staff has carried out its ideal to make this a significant screen working experience. Possibly with a more substantial spending budget, these factors can be ironed out in the next films of Lanjekar’s collection.

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