An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Gladys T. Black
Just after Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s initially two videos 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 movie of the sequence – Pawankhind.

The film, which was delayed owing to the pandemic, is dependent on just one of the most famous incidents from Maratha background – the Fight of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it 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 struggle. So, there are cinematic liberties taken in this retelling, but the crux of the tale is taken care of.

The story about the Fight of Pavan Khind (earlier identified as Ghod Khind) and the bravery shown by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal military of 600 in opposition to the Siddhi Masud and the soldiers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is effectively identified across Maharashtra. The outcome – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s prosperous escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar realize success in recreating this crucial chapter from Marathi history on display? Absolutely!

Pawankhind is a extensive cinematic expertise that is in good shape for the large display screen. The movie is bold in striving to check out this tale in two and a fifty percent several hours, but it mainly succeeds in building the ideal establish up and ambience that sales opportunities to a amazing climax. From laying out the motive and the figures included in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape program and the real struggle, Pawankhind lays out all its cards in entrance you chronologically, even though inducing a dose of background, drama and even comic aid in concerning. The film does not pass up out on providing owing credit history to the the vast majority of the generals who helped Shivaji Maharaj realise his desire of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it is not an uncomplicated endeavor to carry some of the most effectively –known names from the Marathi film and Tv market with each other 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 just about every actor has supplied his very best 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. An additional noteworthy 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 certain to bring tears to your eyes.

Even though Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the specialized facets, even though very good, could have been far better. The qualifications score overpowers dialogues in some essential scenes, and the action choreography in some scenes fails to make the slice. Having said that, all mentioned and accomplished, the complete workforce has carried out its finest to make this a big screen expertise. Probably with a bigger price range, these items can be ironed out in the following movies of Lanjekar’s sequence.

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

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