An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Following Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s initial two flicks in the sequence of films devoted to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha army, the author-director returns with a bang in the 3rd film of the collection – Pawankhind.

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

The story about the Fight of Pavan Khind (previously acknowledged as Ghod Khind) and the bravery displayed by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal military of 600 in opposition to the Siddhi Masud and the troopers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is properly recognised across Maharashtra. The final result – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s effective escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar realize success in recreating this vital chapter from Marathi historical past on screen? Certainly!

Pawankhind is a comprehensive cinematic encounter that is fit for the significant screen. The film is bold in making an attempt to explore this tale in two and a half hrs, but it mostly succeeds in building the suitable build up and ambience that potential customers to a great climax. From laying out the rationale and the people included in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape prepare and the precise fight, Pawankhind lays out all its cards in entrance you chronologically, while inducing a dose of record, drama and even comedian aid in among. The film does not overlook out on giving thanks credit score to the bulk of the generals who helped Shivaji Maharaj realise his dream of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it’s not an quick process to bring some of the most properly –known names from the Marathi film and Tv set industry with each other 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 every actor has supplied his very best to their roles. Even the supporting cast has some unforgettable performances from Kshitee Jog as Badi Begum, Harish Dudhade as Bahirji Naik, Shivraj Waichal as Harpya, Rishi Saxena as Rustam Zaman. An additional notable effectiveness 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 carry tears to your eyes.

Although Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the specialized factors, however very good, could have been better. The track record rating overpowers dialogues in some critical scenes, and the motion choreography in some scenes fails to make the cut. On the other hand, all stated and carried out, the whole group has performed its ideal to make this a significant screen practical experience. Possibly with a larger funds, these factors can be ironed out in the following films of Lanjekar’s collection.

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