June 17, 2024

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An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Soon after Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s 1st two flicks in the series of films committed 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 thanks to the pandemic, is based mostly on 1 of the most well known incidents from Maratha record – the Battle of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it clear that this is not a entire documentation of the fight, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation intended to showcase the bravery of the Marathas included in this battle. So, there are cinematic liberties taken in this retelling, but the crux of the story is preserved.

The tale about the Battle of Pavan Khind (earlier recognized as Ghod Khind) and the bravery shown by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal military of 600 towards the Siddhi Masud and the troopers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is well known across Maharashtra. The final result – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s thriving escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar triumph in recreating this essential chapter from Marathi historical past on monitor? Definitely!

Pawankhind is a thorough cinematic expertise that is match for the major display screen. The film is formidable in striving to investigate this story in two and a fifty percent hours, but it mainly succeeds in developing the proper develop up and atmosphere that qualified prospects to a amazing climax. From laying out the motive and the figures associated in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape program and the precise struggle, Pawankhind lays out all its cards in entrance you chronologically, although inducing a dose of record, drama and even comedian aid in in between. The film does not miss out on out on supplying thanks credit to the vast majority of the generals who assisted Shivaji Maharaj realise his desire of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it is not an effortless task to carry some of the most very well –known names from the Marathi film and Tv industry alongside one another 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 and every actor has offered his finest to their roles. Even the supporting solid 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 noteworthy functionality 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 sure to carry tears to your eyes.

Whilst Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the complex factors, nevertheless very good, could have been far better. The qualifications rating overpowers dialogues in some vital scenes, and the action choreography in some scenes fails to make the slash. However, all claimed and carried out, the complete workforce has performed its most effective to make this a large screen experience. Probably with a greater spending budget, these issues can be ironed out in the next films of Lanjekar’s collection.

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