Immediately after Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s initially two films in the series of movies devoted to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha military, the author-director returns with a bang in the 3rd movie of the collection – Pawankhind.

The movie, which was delayed owing to the pandemic, is based on one of the most famed incidents from Maratha historical past – the Struggle of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it clear that this is not a complete documentation of the struggle, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation meant to showcase the bravery of the Marathas associated in this struggle. So, there are cinematic liberties taken in this retelling, but the crux of the tale is maintained.

The story about the Battle of Pavan Khind (before recognised as Ghod Khind) and the bravery exhibited by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal military of 600 in opposition to the Siddhi Masud and the troopers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is nicely recognised across Maharashtra. The consequence – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s profitable escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar realize success in recreating this important chapter from Marathi record on display screen? Unquestionably!

Pawankhind is a comprehensive cinematic encounter that is match for the massive screen. The movie is bold in seeking to take a look at this story in two and a fifty percent hours, but it mostly succeeds in developing the right build up and ambience that qualified prospects to a amazing climax. From laying out the rationale and the figures concerned in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape program and the real struggle, Pawankhind lays out all its playing cards in entrance you chronologically, while inducing a dose of background, drama and even comic aid in concerning. The movie does not miss out on out on providing because of credit rating to the the vast majority of the generals who helped Shivaji Maharaj realise his dream of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it is not an easy process to deliver some of the most effectively –known names from the Marathi movie and Television set field 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 given his finest to their roles. Even the supporting forged has some memorable performances from Kshitee Jog as Badi Begum, Harish Dudhade as Bahirji Naik, Shivraj Waichal as Harpya, Rishi Saxena as Rustam Zaman. An additional noteworthy performance that stands out is that of Ajinkya Nanaware as Shiva Kashid, the guy 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 technical factors, nevertheless excellent, could have been superior. The background rating overpowers dialogues in some critical scenes, and the action choreography in some scenes fails to make the cut. On the other hand, all mentioned and completed, the total group has performed its greatest to make this a big monitor encounter. Probably with a more substantial finances, these things can be ironed out in the subsequent movies of Lanjekar’s series.

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