An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Mark A. Carlson
After Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s initial two flicks in the collection of movies dedicated to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha military, the writer-director returns with a bang in the 3rd movie of the sequence – Pawankhind.

The movie, which was delayed because of to the pandemic, is dependent on 1 of the most famous incidents from Maratha record – the Battle of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it very clear that this is not a total documentation of the fight, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation meant to showcase the bravery of the Marathas concerned in this battle. So, there are cinematic liberties taken in this retelling, but the crux of the story is managed.

The story about the Fight of Pavan Khind (previously recognised as Ghod Khind) and the bravery exhibited by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal military of 600 in opposition to the Siddhi Masud and the soldiers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is perfectly identified across Maharashtra. The result – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s effective escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar triumph in recreating this crucial chapter from Marathi background on screen? Unquestionably!

Pawankhind is a comprehensive cinematic expertise that is match for the significant monitor. The film is formidable in making an attempt to take a look at this story in two and a fifty percent hours, but it mostly succeeds in generating the proper construct up and atmosphere that sales opportunities to a excellent climax. From laying out the rationale and the people concerned in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape prepare and the genuine battle, Pawankhind lays out all its playing cards in entrance you chronologically, while inducing a dose of record, drama and even comic reduction in amongst. The film doesn’t miss out on out on providing owing credit history to the the vast majority of the generals who assisted Shivaji Maharaj realise his desire of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it’s not an uncomplicated job to carry some of the most properly –known names from the Marathi film and Television 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 every actor has given his very best 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. Yet another notable general performance that stands out is that of Ajinkya Nanaware as Shiva Kashid, the person who resembled Shivaji Maharaj and sacrificed himself for his king. The scenes involving Ajinkya and Chinmay are certain to provide tears to your eyes.

When Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the complex facets, however excellent, could have been improved. The qualifications score overpowers dialogues in some vital scenes, and the motion choreography in some scenes fails to make the lower. Nevertheless, all explained and done, the total crew has accomplished its ideal to make this a huge display encounter. Perhaps with a even larger spending budget, these matters can be ironed out in the subsequent films of Lanjekar’s sequence.

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

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