Soon after Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s initially two motion pictures in the collection of movies committed to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha army, 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 primarily based on a single of the most well known incidents from Maratha background – the Fight of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it very clear that this is not a comprehensive documentation of the battle, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation intended to showcase the bravery of the Marathas involved in this struggle. So, there are cinematic liberties taken in this retelling, but the crux of the story is maintained.

The tale about the Battle of Pavan Khind (previously regarded as Ghod Khind) and the bravery exhibited by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal military of 600 from the Siddhi Masud and the soldiers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is nicely recognized throughout Maharashtra. The consequence – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s thriving escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar succeed in recreating this important chapter from Marathi record on display? Absolutely!

Pawankhind is a extensive cinematic practical experience that is fit for the massive display screen. The film is formidable in trying to check out this story in two and a 50 % several hours, but it mostly succeeds in generating the appropriate create up and atmosphere that qualified prospects to a wonderful climax. From laying out the motive and the people associated in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape strategy and the real battle, Pawankhind lays out all its cards in front you chronologically, even though inducing a dose of heritage, drama and even comedian reduction in between. The film does not overlook out on giving thanks credit to the the greater part of the generals who served Shivaji Maharaj realise his aspiration of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it is not an simple process to provide some of the most well –known names from the Marathi film and Tv set marketplace alongside one another 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 each and every actor has specified his best to their roles. Even the supporting cast 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 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 sure to bring tears to your eyes.

When Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the technical factors, nevertheless excellent, could have been improved. The track record score overpowers dialogues in some critical scenes, and the motion choreography in some scenes fails to make the cut. Nevertheless, all explained and accomplished, the full group has finished its greatest to make this a significant display screen expertise. It’s possible with a greater price range, these issues can be ironed out in the following films of Lanjekar’s sequence.

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