The movie, which was delayed owing to the pandemic, is based on a single of the most famed incidents from Maratha historical past – the Battle of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it apparent that this is not a total documentation of the struggle, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation meant 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 tale is maintained.
The tale about the Battle of Pavan Khind (before acknowledged as Ghod Khind) and the bravery displayed by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal army of 600 towards the Siddhi Masud and the troopers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is perfectly known throughout Maharashtra. The outcome – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s productive escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar do well in recreating this significant chapter from Marathi background on display screen? Definitely!
Pawankhind is a thorough cinematic working experience that is in shape for the big display. The film is ambitious in seeking to examine this story in two and a 50 % hours, but it largely succeeds in creating the suitable construct up and ambience that prospects to a superb climax. From laying out the rationale and the figures involved in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape plan and the precise struggle, Pawankhind lays out all its cards in entrance you chronologically, whilst inducing a dose of background, drama and even comedian reduction in involving. The movie does not miss out on out on providing because of credit score to the majority of the generals who aided Shivaji Maharaj realise his dream of Swarajya.
As for the actors, it’s not an quick undertaking to provide some of the most nicely –known names from the Marathi film and Television set industry jointly 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 each individual actor has specified his ideal 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 performance 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 aspects, while superior, could have been superior. The history score overpowers dialogues in some crucial scenes, and the motion choreography in some scenes fails to make the cut. On the other hand, all reported and done, the full crew has finished its very best to make this a big monitor working experience. Possibly with a more substantial price range, these factors can be ironed out in the adhering to films of Lanjekar’s collection.
For now, Pawankhind is a good enjoy, and at the cinemas only.