An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Dorothy S. Bass
Right after Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s initial two videos in the collection of movies committed to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha military, the writer-director returns with a bang in the third film of the sequence – Pawankhind.

The movie, which was delayed because of to the pandemic, is based mostly on just one of the most famed incidents from Maratha history – the Battle of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it crystal clear that this is not a complete documentation of the battle, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation meant to showcase the bravery of the Marathas concerned in this struggle. So, there are cinematic liberties taken in this retelling, but the crux of the story is preserved.

The tale about the Fight of Pavan Khind (previously known as Ghod Khind) and the bravery displayed by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal army of 600 versus the Siddhi Masud and the soldiers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is nicely identified throughout Maharashtra. The consequence – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s effective escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar do well in recreating this vital chapter from Marathi background on monitor? Certainly!

Pawankhind is a extensive cinematic expertise that is suit for the significant display screen. The film is ambitious in striving to explore this story in two and a half hrs, but it mostly succeeds in generating the correct build up and ambience that qualified prospects to a amazing climax. From laying out the motive and the people included in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape plan and the real fight, Pawankhind lays out all its playing cards in front you chronologically, whilst inducing a dose of history, drama and even comic relief in amongst. The movie does not skip out on supplying due credit to the the vast majority of the generals who helped Shivaji Maharaj realise his desire of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it is not an easy activity to provide some of the most very well –known names from the Marathi film and Television set business together in a multi-starrer of this scale. But the casting division 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 best to their roles. Even the supporting solid has some unforgettable performances from Kshitee Jog as Badi Begum, Harish Dudhade as Bahirji Naik, Shivraj Waichal as Harpya, Rishi Saxena as Rustam Zaman. One more noteworthy 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 bound to convey tears to your eyes.

Whilst Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the complex aspects, although good, could have been much better. The history rating overpowers dialogues in some vital scenes, and the motion choreography in some scenes fails to make the slash. Nonetheless, all claimed and accomplished, the full group has performed its ideal to make this a significant screen expertise. Probably with a bigger spending plan, these matters can be ironed out in the following movies of Lanjekar’s series.

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

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