June 6, 2023


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An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

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Soon after Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s to start with two movies in the collection of films committed to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha army, the writer-director returns with a bang in the third film of the sequence – Pawankhind.

The movie, which was delayed owing to the pandemic, is centered on a single of the most famed incidents from Maratha background – the Fight of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it apparent that this is not a comprehensive documentation of the fight, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation intended 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 story is managed.

The tale about the Battle of Pavan Khind (earlier acknowledged as Ghod Khind) and the bravery displayed by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal army of 600 towards the Siddhi Masud and the soldiers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is effectively regarded throughout Maharashtra. The consequence – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s profitable escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar be successful in recreating this crucial chapter from Marathi heritage on display screen? Totally!

Pawankhind is a thorough cinematic encounter that is match for the major display screen. The film is ambitious in striving to explore this tale in two and a fifty percent hours, but it mainly succeeds in producing the right construct up and atmosphere that leads to a great climax. From laying out the rationale and the people concerned in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape system and the genuine battle, Pawankhind lays out all its playing cards in front you chronologically, even though inducing a dose of history, drama and even comic reduction in in between. The movie doesn’t miss out on supplying because of credit rating to the vast majority of the generals who aided Shivaji Maharaj realise his desire of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it’s not an easy task to convey some of the most effectively –known names from the Marathi movie and Tv set market together 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 greatest 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 noteworthy general 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.

Although Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the complex elements, while fantastic, could have been much better. The track record score overpowers dialogues in some crucial scenes, and the action choreography in some scenes fails to make the lower. However, all mentioned and completed, the whole team has completed its finest to make this a significant display practical experience. Possibly with a even larger spending budget, these items can be ironed out in the next films of Lanjekar’s sequence.

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