Right after Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s initially two videos 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 film of the collection – Pawankhind.

The film, which was delayed due to the pandemic, is centered on a single of the most popular incidents from Maratha history – the Fight of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it obvious 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 involved in this fight. So, there are cinematic liberties taken in this retelling, but the crux of the story is maintained.

The story about the Struggle of Pavan Khind (previously 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 recognised throughout Maharashtra. The result – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s effective escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar be successful in recreating this important chapter from Marathi background on display screen? Unquestionably!

Pawankhind is a extensive cinematic encounter that is in good shape for the massive display. The film is bold in hoping to take a look at this story in two and a 50 % hours, but it mostly succeeds in generating the proper create up and ambience that potential customers to a fantastic climax. From laying out the cause and the figures concerned in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape plan and the precise struggle, Pawankhind lays out all its playing cards in front you chronologically, while inducing a dose of record, drama and even comic reduction in between. The film doesn’t miss out on out on supplying thanks credit rating to the majority of the generals who aided Shivaji Maharaj realise his desire of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it’s not an straightforward job to carry some of the most effectively –known names from the Marathi film and Television business alongside one another 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 greatest 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. Yet another noteworthy 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.

Though Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the specialized elements, although superior, could have been better. The track record rating overpowers dialogues in some essential scenes, and the motion choreography in some scenes fails to make the reduce. However, all stated and completed, the whole staff has accomplished its very best to make this a major display practical experience. Probably with a even larger price range, these things can be ironed out in the next films of Lanjekar’s sequence.

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