An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

After Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s very first two movies in the collection of movies focused to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha military, the writer-director returns with a bang in the 3rd film of the sequence – Pawankhind.

The film, which was delayed due to the pandemic, is centered on 1 of the most well known incidents from Maratha historical past – the Struggle of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it apparent that this is not a full documentation of the battle, 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 tale is maintained.

The story about the Fight of Pavan Khind (before known as Ghod Khind) and the bravery exhibited by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal military of 600 in opposition to the Siddhi Masud and the troopers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is effectively acknowledged across Maharashtra. The end result – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s effective escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar triumph in recreating this vital chapter from Marathi background on monitor? Definitely!

Pawankhind is a comprehensive cinematic working experience that is match for the massive screen. The film is ambitious in seeking to discover this tale in two and a fifty percent hours, but it mostly succeeds in developing the suitable build up and atmosphere that sales opportunities to a fantastic climax. From laying out the explanation and the people associated in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape program and the precise struggle, Pawankhind lays out all its playing cards in front you chronologically, while inducing a dose of history, drama and even comic reduction in between. The film doesn’t skip out on giving thanks credit score to the the greater part of the generals who helped Shivaji Maharaj realise his dream of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it’s not an straightforward endeavor to carry some of the most perfectly –known names from the Marathi movie and Tv industry with each other 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 every single actor has offered his most effective 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. One more notable general 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 sure to bring tears to your eyes.

Whilst Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the specialized features, however fantastic, could have been better. The background rating overpowers dialogues in some crucial scenes, and the motion choreography in some scenes fails to make the slice. Even so, all stated and performed, the overall workforce has performed its ideal to make this a major display encounter. It’s possible with a even larger price range, these items can be ironed out in the next movies of Lanjekar’s series.

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

Debbie A. Cunningham

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