May 27, 2024


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An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

3 min read
After Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s first two films in the sequence of movies focused to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha military, the author-director returns with a bang in the 3rd movie of the sequence – Pawankhind.

The movie, which was delayed due to the pandemic, is centered on a person of the most famed incidents from Maratha historical past – the Battle of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it very clear that this is not a total documentation of the battle, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation intended to showcase the bravery of the Marathas involved in this struggle. 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 (previously regarded as Ghod Khind) and the bravery displayed by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal military of 600 in opposition to the Siddhi Masud and the troopers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is effectively regarded throughout Maharashtra. The outcome – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s profitable escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar triumph in recreating this crucial chapter from Marathi heritage on monitor? Absolutely!

Pawankhind is a complete cinematic knowledge that is fit for the massive display screen. The movie is bold in making an attempt to investigate this story in two and a fifty percent hrs, but it largely succeeds in developing the proper establish up and ambience that qualified prospects to a excellent climax. From laying out the explanation and the figures concerned in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape approach and the genuine fight, Pawankhind lays out all its playing cards in front you chronologically, while inducing a dose of background, drama and even comic aid in in between. The movie does not overlook out on offering owing credit to the greater part of the generals who served Shivaji Maharaj realise his dream of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it’s not an simple undertaking to provide some of the most nicely –known names from the Marathi film and Tv set market 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 each 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. A different noteworthy functionality 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.

When Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the specialized elements, while excellent, could have been better. The background score overpowers dialogues in some crucial scenes, and the action choreography in some scenes fails to make the reduce. Nevertheless, all explained and done, the whole staff has carried out its ideal to make this a significant display encounter. Perhaps with a larger finances, these items can be ironed out in the subsequent movies of Lanjekar’s sequence.

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