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An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

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

The movie, which was delayed owing to the pandemic, is based mostly on one particular of the most renowned incidents from Maratha background – the Battle of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it apparent that this is not a finish documentation of the struggle, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation intended to showcase the bravery of the Marathas involved in this battle. So, there are cinematic liberties taken in this retelling, but the crux of the tale is preserved.

The story about the Battle of Pavan Khind (before acknowledged as Ghod Khind) and the bravery shown by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal military of 600 towards the Siddhi Masud and the soldiers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is very well recognised throughout Maharashtra. The final result – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s profitable escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar do well in recreating this essential chapter from Marathi history on screen? Completely!

Pawankhind is a comprehensive cinematic expertise that is healthy for the massive display. The film is formidable in making an attempt to investigate this tale in two and a 50 percent several hours, but it largely succeeds in building the suitable construct up and atmosphere that leads to a superb climax. From laying out the rationale and the people concerned in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape approach and the genuine battle, Pawankhind lays out all its cards in entrance you chronologically, while inducing a dose of historical past, drama and even comedian reduction in concerning. The movie doesn’t miss out on giving due credit score to the the greater part of the generals who served Shivaji Maharaj realise his desire of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it’s not an effortless activity to deliver some of the most perfectly –known names from the Marathi film and Television set business alongside one another in a multi-starrer of this scale. But the casting office 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 specified his greatest to their roles. Even the supporting cast has some memorable performances from Kshitee Jog as Badi Begum, Harish Dudhade as Bahirji Naik, Shivraj Waichal as Harpya, Rishi Saxena as Rustam Zaman. One more notable effectiveness 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 certain to bring tears to your eyes.

Whilst Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the complex factors, even though fantastic, could have been better. The background score overpowers dialogues in some important scenes, and the action choreography in some scenes fails to make the slice. Even so, all said and done, the total workforce has completed its very best to make this a significant display screen practical experience. Probably with a even larger funds, these issues can be ironed out in the subsequent films of Lanjekar’s series.

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