An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Louetta R. Clark
Following Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s initial two movies in the sequence of films committed 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 movie, which was delayed thanks to the pandemic, is centered on a single of the most famous incidents from Maratha background – the Battle of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it clear 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 struggle. So, there are cinematic liberties taken in this retelling, but the crux of the tale is maintained.

The tale about the Battle of Pavan Khind (earlier regarded as Ghod Khind) and the bravery shown by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal military of 600 from the Siddhi Masud and the troopers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is perfectly regarded throughout Maharashtra. The end result – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s effective escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar realize success in recreating this vital chapter from Marathi background on display screen? Totally!

Pawankhind is a extensive cinematic expertise that is healthy for the large screen. The film is formidable in attempting to discover this story in two and a 50 % several hours, but it mainly succeeds in generating the right establish up and atmosphere that qualified prospects to a great climax. From laying out the cause and the figures involved in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape approach and the actual fight, Pawankhind lays out all its cards in front you chronologically, while inducing a dose of heritage, drama and even comedian aid in among. The movie doesn’t miss out on out on giving due credit score to the the greater part of the generals who aided Shivaji Maharaj realise his dream of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it is not an quick task to bring some of the most nicely –known names from the Marathi movie and Television set field alongside one another 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 and every actor has supplied his ideal 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. A different noteworthy 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 deliver tears to your eyes.

Even though Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the specialized features, though superior, could have been improved. The history rating overpowers dialogues in some important scenes, and the action choreography in some scenes fails to make the cut. Nevertheless, all stated and accomplished, the overall crew has performed its very best to make this a significant screen knowledge. Probably with a even larger price range, these matters can be ironed out in the following films of Lanjekar’s series.

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

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