May 26, 2024

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An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Immediately after Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s to start with two films in the series of films committed to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha military, the writer-director returns with a bang in the 3rd movie of the series – Pawankhind.

The film, which was delayed because of to the pandemic, is based mostly on one particular of the most popular incidents from Maratha heritage – the Fight of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it distinct that this is not a finish documentation of the battle, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation meant to showcase the bravery of the Marathas associated in this battle. So, there are cinematic liberties taken in this retelling, but the crux of the tale is maintained.

The tale about the Battle of Pavan Khind (before acknowledged as Ghod Khind) and the bravery displayed by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal army of 600 from the Siddhi Masud and the troopers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is effectively known across Maharashtra. The consequence – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s thriving escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar thrive in recreating this critical chapter from Marathi record on display? Definitely!

Pawankhind is a thorough cinematic encounter that is match for the large monitor. The film is ambitious in seeking to take a look at this story in two and a 50 percent several hours, but it largely succeeds in making the right develop up and ambience that prospects to a great climax. From laying out the purpose and the characters concerned in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape approach and the real struggle, Pawankhind lays out all its playing cards in front you chronologically, whilst inducing a dose of background, drama and even comic aid in amongst. The movie does not pass up out on providing owing credit rating to the majority of the generals who assisted Shivaji Maharaj realise his dream of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it’s not an uncomplicated job to provide some of the most nicely –known names from the Marathi film and Tv set sector with each other 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 every actor has presented 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. Another noteworthy 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 deliver tears to your eyes.

Though Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the specialized areas, while great, could have been superior. The background rating overpowers dialogues in some important scenes, and the motion choreography in some scenes fails to make the cut. On the other hand, all stated and carried out, the whole workforce has accomplished its ideal to make this a large screen knowledge. It’s possible with a even larger price range, these things can be ironed out in the adhering to films of Lanjekar’s series.

For now, Pawankhind is a excellent enjoy, and at the cinemas only.