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An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Just after Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s to start with two flicks in the collection of films devoted to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha army, the author-director returns with a bang in the third film of the series – Pawankhind.

The movie, which was delayed due to the pandemic, is centered on 1 of the most well known incidents from Maratha heritage – the Fight of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it very clear that this is not a full documentation of the fight, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation meant 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 tale about the Battle of Pavan Khind (before recognised as Ghod Khind) and the bravery displayed by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal military of 600 from the Siddhi Masud and the troopers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is properly recognized throughout Maharashtra. The result – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s productive escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar thrive in recreating this vital chapter from Marathi heritage on screen? Unquestionably!

Pawankhind is a extensive cinematic encounter that is fit for the major monitor. The film is ambitious in striving to examine this tale in two and a 50 percent hrs, but it largely succeeds in producing the right construct up and atmosphere that potential customers to a wonderful climax. From laying out the explanation and the figures included 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 history, drama and even comic relief in amongst. The movie does not miss out on providing because of credit rating to the greater part of the generals who aided Shivaji Maharaj realise his dream of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it’s not an quick activity to convey some of the most properly –known names from the Marathi movie and Television set sector collectively 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 single actor has presented his greatest 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. Another notable overall 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 sure to provide tears to your eyes.

While Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the complex aspects, though very good, could have been far better. The track record rating overpowers dialogues in some important scenes, and the motion choreography in some scenes fails to make the minimize. Having said that, all reported and done, the overall team has done its very best to make this a big display experience. It’s possible with a more substantial budget, these items can be ironed out in the next films of Lanjekar’s collection.

For now, Pawankhind is a excellent watch, and at the cinemas only.