An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Just after Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s initial two films in the series of films dedicated to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha army, the writer-director returns with a bang in the 3rd film of the collection – Pawankhind.

The movie, which was delayed owing to the pandemic, is dependent on 1 of the most famous incidents from Maratha record – the Fight of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it apparent that this is not a complete documentation of the struggle, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation meant to showcase the bravery of the Marathas associated in this struggle. So, there are cinematic liberties taken in this retelling, but the crux of the tale is maintained.

The tale about the Battle of Pavan Khind (earlier acknowledged as Ghod Khind) and the bravery displayed by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal military of 600 from the Siddhi Masud and the troopers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is effectively known across Maharashtra. The consequence – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s profitable escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar succeed in recreating this critical chapter from Marathi heritage on display? Absolutely!

Pawankhind is a comprehensive cinematic experience that is in good shape for the huge display. The movie is formidable in attempting to investigate this story in two and a 50 % hours, but it mostly succeeds in building the proper establish up and atmosphere that sales opportunities to a amazing climax. From laying out the cause and the characters involved in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape prepare and the true fight, Pawankhind lays out all its playing cards in front you chronologically, even though inducing a dose of record, drama and even comedian reduction in involving. The film does not miss out on out on supplying owing credit score to the the vast majority of the generals who aided Shivaji Maharaj realise his dream of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it is not an quick endeavor to carry some of the most nicely –known names from the Marathi film and Tv marketplace 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 and every actor has offered his best to their roles. Even the supporting solid has some unforgettable performances from Kshitee Jog as Badi Begum, Harish Dudhade as Bahirji Naik, Shivraj Waichal as Harpya, Rishi Saxena as Rustam Zaman. Yet another 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 convey tears to your eyes.

Whilst Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the technological factors, while good, could have been improved. The history rating overpowers dialogues in some significant scenes, and the motion choreography in some scenes fails to make the slash. On the other hand, all mentioned and completed, the overall team has completed its ideal to make this a large screen encounter. Perhaps with a greater spending budget, these points can be ironed out in the next movies of Lanjekar’s series.

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