An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Following Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s to start with 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 collection – Pawankhind.

The film, which was delayed owing to the pandemic, is primarily based on one of the most famous incidents from Maratha record – the Struggle of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it very clear that this is not a comprehensive documentation of the battle, 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 taken care of.

The story about the Battle of Pavan Khind (previously recognised as Ghod Khind) and the bravery exhibited by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal military of 600 against the Siddhi Masud and the soldiers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is perfectly identified across Maharashtra. The final result – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s successful escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar realize success in recreating this critical chapter from Marathi heritage on screen? Absolutely!

Pawankhind is a extensive cinematic working experience that is in shape for the significant screen. The movie is formidable in attempting to explore this story in two and a 50 percent several hours, but it mainly succeeds in making the proper create up and ambience that qualified prospects to a wonderful climax. From laying out the motive and the people included in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape strategy and the actual battle, Pawankhind lays out all its playing cards in front you chronologically, whilst inducing a dose of heritage, drama and even comic reduction in in between. The film doesn’t miss out on out on supplying due credit history to the greater part of the generals who aided Shivaji Maharaj realise his dream of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it is not an quick process to bring some of the most well –known names from the Marathi film and Television set marketplace together in a multi-starrer of this scale. But the casting section 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 individual actor has presented his finest 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. Another 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 bound to convey tears to your eyes.

Although Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the technical features, although great, could have been greater. The history score overpowers dialogues in some important scenes, and the motion choreography in some scenes fails to make the minimize. Nonetheless, all said and completed, the complete staff has finished its very best to make this a big monitor working experience. Probably with a even larger funds, these issues can be ironed out in the following movies of Lanjekar’s sequence.

For now, Pawankhind is a good look at, and at the cinemas only.