June 25, 2024

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An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

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

The movie, which was delayed due to the pandemic, is primarily based on 1 of the most well-known incidents from Maratha historical past – the Fight of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it obvious that this is not a finish documentation of the struggle, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation intended 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 preserved.

The story about the Battle of Pavan Khind (previously recognised 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 very well acknowledged throughout Maharashtra. The result – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s effective escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar thrive in recreating this vital chapter from Marathi record on display screen? Completely!

Pawankhind is a extensive cinematic knowledge that is fit for the big display. The film is ambitious in hoping to explore this tale in two and a 50 % hrs, but it mainly succeeds in developing the suitable establish up and ambience that prospects to a amazing climax. From laying out the cause and the characters concerned in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape prepare and the real struggle, Pawankhind lays out all its cards in front you chronologically, even though inducing a dose of historical past, drama and even comedian relief in involving. The film does not overlook out on giving thanks credit score to the majority of the generals who assisted Shivaji Maharaj realise his aspiration of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it’s not an easy job to carry some of the most effectively –known names from the Marathi movie and Television business 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 every single actor has given his ideal 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 effectiveness that stands out is that of Ajinkya Nanaware as Shiva Kashid, the gentleman who resembled Shivaji Maharaj and sacrificed himself for his king. The scenes involving Ajinkya and Chinmay are certain to carry tears to your eyes.

Though Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the technical aspects, although very good, could have been much better. The track record score overpowers dialogues in some significant scenes, and the motion choreography in some scenes fails to make the lower. On the other hand, all reported and accomplished, the whole group has completed its ideal to make this a big display screen knowledge. Probably with a greater spending plan, these factors can be ironed out in the adhering to movies of Lanjekar’s sequence.

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