April 16, 2024

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An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Immediately after Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s 1st two films in the sequence of films dedicated to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha military, the writer-director returns with a bang in the third movie of the series – Pawankhind.

The movie, which was delayed due to the pandemic, is centered on 1 of the most renowned incidents from Maratha history – the Struggle of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it clear that this is not a complete documentation of the fight, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation intended 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 story is taken care of.

The story about the Battle of Pavan Khind (earlier recognized as Ghod Khind) and the bravery displayed by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal military of 600 towards the Siddhi Masud and the soldiers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is effectively known across Maharashtra. The consequence – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s profitable escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar realize success in recreating this significant chapter from Marathi background on display? Totally!

Pawankhind is a extensive cinematic working experience that is in shape for the major display screen. The film is formidable in attempting to check out this story in two and a 50 percent several hours, but it mostly succeeds in building the ideal develop up and atmosphere that qualified prospects to a fantastic climax. From laying out the explanation and the people associated in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape plan and the actual battle, Pawankhind lays out all its cards in front you chronologically, although inducing a dose of historical past, drama and even comedian relief in in between. The movie does not pass up out on supplying owing credit to the bulk of the generals who helped Shivaji Maharaj realise his desire of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it is not an quick activity to convey some of the most very well –known names from the Marathi movie and Television set sector collectively in a multi-starrer of this scale. But the casting section 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 individual actor has supplied his greatest 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. An additional 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 bound to bring tears to your eyes.

Although Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the specialized aspects, while fantastic, could have been much better. The background rating overpowers dialogues in some significant scenes, and the motion choreography in some scenes fails to make the cut. Having said that, all claimed and accomplished, the whole staff has performed its ideal to make this a major display screen knowledge. Maybe with a greater funds, these issues can be ironed out in the subsequent movies of Lanjekar’s collection.

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