An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

After Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s very first two movies 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 3rd movie of the series – Pawankhind.

The movie, which was delayed due to the pandemic, is based mostly on one particular of the most famed incidents from Maratha historical past – the Fight of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it apparent that this is not a finish documentation of the battle, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation intended 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 tale is maintained.

The tale about the Fight of Pavan Khind (before acknowledged as Ghod Khind) and the bravery shown by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal army of 600 against the Siddhi Masud and the soldiers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is properly recognised across Maharashtra. The result – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s productive escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar thrive in recreating this critical chapter from Marathi record on display? Completely!

Pawankhind is a thorough cinematic working experience that is healthy for the huge display screen. The movie is bold in making an attempt to examine this story in two and a 50 % several hours, but it mainly succeeds in making the correct build up and ambience that prospects to a excellent climax. From laying out the cause and the characters involved in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape strategy and the genuine battle, Pawankhind lays out all its cards in front you chronologically, although inducing a dose of background, drama and even comic reduction in concerning. The film does not miss out on providing owing credit to the vast majority of the generals who aided Shivaji Maharaj realise his dream of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it’s not an easy endeavor to convey some of the most properly –known names from the Marathi film and Tv field together 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 every single actor has given his very best 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 notable general performance that stands out is that of Ajinkya Nanaware as Shiva Kashid, the guy who resembled Shivaji Maharaj and sacrificed himself for his king. The scenes involving Ajinkya and Chinmay are certain to convey tears to your eyes.

Even though Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the specialized elements, while very good, could have been superior. The background score overpowers dialogues in some vital scenes, and the action choreography in some scenes fails to make the slash. Nevertheless, all said and done, the overall workforce has performed its best to make this a big monitor experience. It’s possible with a even larger budget, these factors can be ironed out in the following films of Lanjekar’s series.

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