An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Soon after Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s to start with two films in the sequence of films 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 due to the pandemic, is primarily based on one of the most well-known incidents from Maratha record – the Fight of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it apparent 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 involved in this fight. So, there are cinematic liberties taken in this retelling, but the crux of the tale is taken care of.

The tale about the Battle of Pavan Khind (before known as Ghod Khind) and the bravery exhibited by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal military of 600 towards the Siddhi Masud and the soldiers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is effectively identified across Maharashtra. The result – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s effective escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar realize success in recreating this significant chapter from Marathi background on screen? Definitely!

Pawankhind is a comprehensive cinematic knowledge that is suit for the huge monitor. The movie is bold in making an attempt to take a look at this story in two and a 50 % hrs, but it largely succeeds in building the proper build up and ambience that potential customers to a great climax. From laying out the explanation and the people concerned in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape system and the precise fight, Pawankhind lays out all its playing cards in front you chronologically, even though inducing a dose of heritage, drama and even comedian aid in between. The film does not skip out on providing because of credit rating to the the vast majority of the generals who served Shivaji Maharaj realise his dream of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it is not an quick endeavor to provide some of the most effectively –known names from the Marathi movie and Television set marketplace together 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 each and every actor has offered his finest 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 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 certain to bring tears to your eyes.

When Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the specialized aspects, nevertheless very good, could have been superior. The qualifications rating overpowers dialogues in some important scenes, and the motion choreography in some scenes fails to make the minimize. On the other hand, all reported and done, the total team has completed its greatest to make this a major monitor encounter. Perhaps with a even bigger price range, these items can be ironed out in the next films of Lanjekar’s collection.

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

Rebecca R. Ammons

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