October 2, 2022


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An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Right after Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s initially two videos in the sequence of movies committed to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha army, the writer-director returns with a bang in the 3rd movie of the sequence – Pawankhind.

The film, which was delayed thanks to the pandemic, is centered on just one of the most well-known incidents from Maratha history – the Battle of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it apparent 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 concerned in this fight. So, there are cinematic liberties taken in this retelling, but the crux of the tale is maintained.

The story about the Fight of Pavan Khind (before acknowledged as Ghod Khind) and the bravery shown by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal army of 600 in opposition to the Siddhi Masud and the troopers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is effectively recognized across Maharashtra. The consequence – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s thriving escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar do well in recreating this essential chapter from Marathi record on display screen? Unquestionably!

Pawankhind is a extensive cinematic practical experience that is in shape for the large display screen. The film is ambitious in striving to discover this tale in two and a 50 % hours, but it mostly succeeds in generating the proper establish up and atmosphere that leads to a excellent climax. From laying out the purpose and the figures concerned in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape approach and the genuine struggle, Pawankhind lays out all its playing cards in front you chronologically, whilst inducing a dose of heritage, drama and even comedian aid in concerning. The movie doesn’t overlook out on giving owing credit rating to the vast majority of the generals who assisted Shivaji Maharaj realise his aspiration of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it’s not an easy process to carry some of the most very well –known names from the Marathi film and Television set marketplace jointly in a multi-starrer of this scale. But the casting division 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 given his finest to their roles. Even the supporting forged has some unforgettable performances from Kshitee Jog as Badi Begum, Harish Dudhade as Bahirji Naik, Shivraj Waichal as Harpya, Rishi Saxena as Rustam Zaman. A further notable overall 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 bound to carry tears to your eyes.

When Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the specialized features, though very good, could have been improved. The history score overpowers dialogues in some vital scenes, and the action choreography in some scenes fails to make the lower. However, all mentioned and done, the whole staff has completed its ideal to make this a huge display screen working experience. Probably with a bigger finances, these things can be ironed out in the following films of Lanjekar’s sequence.

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