April 23, 2024

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An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Immediately after Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s first two films in the collection of films dedicated to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha army, the author-director returns with a bang in the 3rd movie of the sequence – Pawankhind.

The film, which was delayed due to the pandemic, is based on a person of the most famous incidents from Maratha history – the Struggle of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it crystal clear that this is not a full documentation of the struggle, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation meant to showcase the bravery of the Marathas concerned in this battle. So, there are cinematic liberties taken in this retelling, but the crux of the tale is preserved.

The story about the Struggle of Pavan Khind (before recognized as Ghod Khind) and the bravery displayed by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal military of 600 towards the Siddhi Masud and the troopers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is properly known throughout Maharashtra. The final result – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s productive escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar succeed in recreating this essential chapter from Marathi background on display screen? Unquestionably!

Pawankhind is a extensive cinematic working experience that is healthy for the large display. The film is formidable in trying to check out this tale in two and a half several hours, but it mainly succeeds in developing the suitable build up and atmosphere that sales opportunities to a fantastic climax. From laying out the reason and the figures included in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape plan and the precise struggle, Pawankhind lays out all its playing cards in entrance you chronologically, while inducing a dose of heritage, drama and even comic aid in between. The movie doesn’t miss out on out on supplying owing credit rating to the vast majority of the generals who helped Shivaji Maharaj realise his dream of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it is not an effortless task to deliver some of the most effectively –known names from the Marathi movie and Tv set market jointly in a multi-starrer of this scale. But the casting division 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 ideal to their roles. Even the supporting cast 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 notable 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 sure to carry tears to your eyes.

While Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the technical factors, however great, could have been much better. The history score overpowers dialogues in some important scenes, and the action choreography in some scenes fails to make the slice. Nonetheless, all explained and carried out, the full crew has completed its greatest to make this a significant screen working experience. Probably with a even larger spending plan, these things can be ironed out in the following movies of Lanjekar’s collection.

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