An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Right after Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s to start with two films in the sequence of movies focused to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha military, the writer-director returns with a bang in the third movie of the sequence – Pawankhind.

The film, which was delayed due to the pandemic, is primarily based on just one of the most famed incidents from Maratha heritage – the Fight of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it obvious that this is not a comprehensive documentation of the fight, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation meant to showcase the bravery of the Marathas associated in this battle. So, there are cinematic liberties taken in this retelling, but the crux of the story is managed.

The story about the Fight of Pavan Khind (before recognised 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 effectively identified across Maharashtra. The result – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s profitable escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar be successful in recreating this critical chapter from Marathi heritage on screen? Absolutely!

Pawankhind is a thorough cinematic working experience that is in good shape for the massive screen. The movie is ambitious in trying to check out this story in two and a 50 % hours, but it mostly succeeds in creating the proper build up and atmosphere that sales opportunities to a amazing climax. From laying out the explanation and the figures included in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape plan and the actual struggle, Pawankhind lays out all its playing cards in front you chronologically, whilst inducing a dose of background, drama and even comic relief in involving. The movie doesn’t pass up out on providing thanks credit history to the greater part of the generals who assisted Shivaji Maharaj realise his aspiration of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it’s not an uncomplicated undertaking to provide some of the most properly –known names from the Marathi movie and Television set business jointly 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 single actor has given his finest to their roles. Even the supporting forged has some memorable performances from Kshitee Jog as Badi Begum, Harish Dudhade as Bahirji Naik, Shivraj Waichal as Harpya, Rishi Saxena as Rustam Zaman. An additional noteworthy functionality that stands out is that of Ajinkya Nanaware as Shiva Kashid, the man who resembled Shivaji Maharaj and sacrificed himself for his king. The scenes involving Ajinkya and Chinmay are sure to convey tears to your eyes.

Though Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the technical aspects, although great, could have been much better. The background rating overpowers dialogues in some significant scenes, and the motion choreography in some scenes fails to make the slice. On the other hand, all reported and accomplished, the complete team has accomplished its ideal to make this a major display screen expertise. Probably with a greater budget, these factors can be ironed out in the pursuing films of Lanjekar’s sequence.

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