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An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

Soon after Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s initially two motion pictures in the collection of movies focused to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha military, the author-director returns with a bang in the third movie of the sequence – Pawankhind.

The film, which was delayed because of to the pandemic, is based on just one of the most popular incidents from Maratha historical past – the Battle of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it clear that this is not a complete documentation of the battle, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation meant 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 story is managed.

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 against the Siddhi Masud and the soldiers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is well recognized throughout Maharashtra. The outcome – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s productive escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar thrive in recreating this critical chapter from Marathi historical past on display screen? Definitely!

Pawankhind is a thorough cinematic practical experience that is in good shape for the massive display screen. The movie is formidable in making an attempt to check out this story in two and a half hours, but it largely succeeds in producing the correct make up and ambience that potential customers to a amazing climax. From laying out the reason and the people involved in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape program and the genuine struggle, Pawankhind lays out all its cards in entrance you chronologically, while inducing a dose of historical past, drama and even comic relief in involving. The movie doesn’t pass up out on offering thanks credit history to the vast majority of the generals who assisted Shivaji Maharaj realise his aspiration of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it’s not an easy undertaking to provide some of the most effectively –known names from the Marathi film and Tv business 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 every single actor has supplied his finest 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. One more notable efficiency 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 bound to provide tears to your eyes.

Although Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the specialized factors, even though very good, could have been greater. The background score overpowers dialogues in some crucial scenes, and the motion choreography in some scenes fails to make the cut. Having said that, all stated and completed, the whole workforce has carried out its finest to make this a big display screen practical experience. Perhaps with a greater spending budget, these matters can be ironed out in the adhering to movies of Lanjekar’s series.

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