An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

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

The movie, which was delayed thanks to the pandemic, is based on a person of the most popular incidents from Maratha record – the Battle of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it distinct that this is not a finish documentation of the fight, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation meant to showcase the bravery of the Marathas included in this struggle. So, there are cinematic liberties taken in this retelling, but the crux of the story is maintained.

The story about the Struggle of Pavan Khind (previously acknowledged as Ghod Khind) and the bravery displayed by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal army of 600 versus the Siddhi Masud and the troopers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is nicely recognised throughout Maharashtra. The end result – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s thriving escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar succeed in recreating this crucial chapter from Marathi historical past on display? Completely!

Pawankhind is a comprehensive cinematic expertise that is match for the massive monitor. The movie is ambitious in attempting to explore this tale in two and a 50 % hours, but it mainly succeeds in developing the ideal develop up and atmosphere that sales opportunities to a superb climax. From laying out the rationale and the figures concerned in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape strategy and the true battle, Pawankhind lays out all its playing cards in front you chronologically, while inducing a dose of background, drama and even comedian aid in involving. The film does not miss out on providing thanks credit to the the vast majority of the generals who helped Shivaji Maharaj realise his aspiration of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it is not an quick task to deliver some of the most perfectly –known names from the Marathi movie 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 each 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 efficiency 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 sure to provide tears to your eyes.

Though Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the technological facets, although great, could have been better. The background score overpowers dialogues in some significant scenes, and the action choreography in some scenes fails to make the reduce. Having said that, all said and done, the complete team has done its finest to make this a major display screen working experience. Maybe with a more substantial spending plan, these points can be ironed out in the adhering to movies of Lanjekar’s collection.

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

Katherine T. Burrows

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