An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Kennith Bogan
Right after Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s initially two films in the sequence of films committed to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha army, the author-director returns with a bang in the third film of the collection – Pawankhind.

The movie, which was delayed thanks to the pandemic, is based mostly on just one of the most well known incidents from Maratha history – the Struggle of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it very clear that this is not a total documentation of the struggle, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation intended 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 preserved.

The story about the Fight of Pavan Khind (earlier recognised as Ghod Khind) and the bravery shown by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal army of 600 towards the Siddhi Masud and the soldiers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is perfectly recognized across Maharashtra. The end result – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s successful escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar realize success in recreating this critical chapter from Marathi background on monitor? Totally!

Pawankhind is a extensive cinematic knowledge that is fit for the huge screen. The movie is bold in hoping to investigate this story in two and a 50 percent hrs, but it mainly succeeds in developing the proper develop up and atmosphere that potential customers to a amazing climax. From laying out the reason and the people concerned in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape system and the real struggle, Pawankhind lays out all its playing cards in front you chronologically, whilst inducing a dose of heritage, drama and even comic reduction in concerning. The movie does not overlook out on supplying due credit history to the greater part of the generals who served Shivaji Maharaj realise his aspiration of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it is not an effortless process to convey some of the most properly –known names from the Marathi movie and Television marketplace alongside one another 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 each actor has specified his ideal 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 different notable performance that stands out is that of Ajinkya Nanaware as Shiva Kashid, the gentleman who resembled Shivaji Maharaj and sacrificed himself for his king. The scenes involving Ajinkya and Chinmay are certain to convey tears to your eyes.

Although Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the specialized facets, though superior, could have been far better. The qualifications score overpowers dialogues in some important scenes, and the action choreography in some scenes fails to make the reduce. Even so, all stated and carried out, the total group has completed its ideal to make this a large display encounter. Maybe with a bigger spending budget, these issues can be ironed out in the following films of Lanjekar’s series.

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

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