April 25, 2024


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An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

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

The film, which was delayed owing to the pandemic, is dependent on just one of the most popular incidents from Maratha historical past – the Fight of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it apparent that this is not a complete documentation of the fight, 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 taken care of.

The tale about the Battle of Pavan Khind (before known as Ghod Khind) and the bravery exhibited by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal military of 600 against the Siddhi Masud and the soldiers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is perfectly regarded across Maharashtra. The outcome – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s thriving escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar realize success in recreating this critical chapter from Marathi background on screen? Completely!

Pawankhind is a thorough cinematic experience that is match for the large display. The film is formidable in striving to discover this story in two and a 50 % hrs, but it mostly succeeds in making the suitable develop up and atmosphere that potential customers to a superb climax. From laying out the cause and the people concerned in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape plan and the precise fight, Pawankhind lays out all its cards in entrance you chronologically, whilst inducing a dose of background, drama and even comic reduction in involving. The film does not pass up out on supplying owing credit rating to the bulk of the generals who helped Shivaji Maharaj realise his dream of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it’s not an easy activity to carry some of the most very well –known names from the Marathi movie and Tv sector jointly 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 provided his finest to their roles. Even the supporting cast has some unforgettable performances from Kshitee Jog as Badi Begum, Harish Dudhade as Bahirji Naik, Shivraj Waichal as Harpya, Rishi Saxena as Rustam Zaman. A further noteworthy general performance that stands out is that of Ajinkya Nanaware as Shiva Kashid, the man who resembled Shivaji Maharaj and sacrificed himself for his king. The scenes involving Ajinkya and Chinmay are certain to deliver tears to your eyes.

Even though Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the technical factors, though superior, could have been better. The track record rating overpowers dialogues in some critical scenes, and the action choreography in some scenes fails to make the slash. Nevertheless, all explained and performed, the entire crew has accomplished its finest to make this a massive display screen encounter. Maybe with a even bigger budget, these factors can be ironed out in the next films of Lanjekar’s sequence.

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