December 2, 2022


healthy part of faith

An epic retelling of an interesting chapter from Maratha history

3 min read
Right after Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s initial two flicks in the collection of movies committed to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha military, the writer-director returns with a bang in the third movie of the collection – Pawankhind.

The film, which was delayed owing to the pandemic, is dependent on a person of the most renowned incidents from Maratha background – the Struggle of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it distinct that this is not a entire documentation of the fight, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation meant to showcase the bravery of the Marathas included in this battle. So, there are cinematic liberties taken in this retelling, but the crux of the story is managed.

The tale about the Struggle of Pavan Khind (before regarded as Ghod Khind) and the bravery shown by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal military of 600 from the Siddhi Masud and the troopers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is nicely regarded throughout Maharashtra. The outcome – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s profitable escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar realize success in recreating this crucial chapter from Marathi history on screen? Certainly!

Pawankhind is a comprehensive cinematic expertise that is match for the huge display. The movie is ambitious in attempting to discover this tale in two and a 50 percent several hours, but it mainly succeeds in developing the suitable make up and ambience that sales opportunities to a amazing climax. From laying out the cause and the characters included in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape prepare and the genuine battle, Pawankhind lays out all its cards in front you chronologically, while inducing a dose of heritage, drama and even comic aid in among. The movie does not overlook out on offering due credit to the majority of the generals who helped Shivaji Maharaj realise his aspiration of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it’s not an straightforward activity to bring some of the most very well –known names from the Marathi movie and Television set sector collectively 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 every actor has provided his most effective to their roles. Even the supporting solid has some memorable 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 sure to convey tears to your eyes.

Whilst Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the specialized factors, though very good, could have been improved. The background score overpowers dialogues in some important scenes, and the action choreography in some scenes fails to make the cut. On the other hand, all said and carried out, the complete workforce has completed its very best to make this a huge display screen working experience. It’s possible with a bigger spending budget, these points can be ironed out in the following movies of Lanjekar’s series.

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