Following Farzand and Fatteshikast, Digpal Lanjekar’s initial two videos in the sequence of movies focused to the bravery of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Maratha army, the author-director returns with a bang in the third movie of the sequence – Pawankhind.

The movie, which was delayed due to the pandemic, is primarily based on a person of the most renowned incidents from Maratha background – the Battle of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it apparent that this is not a finish documentation of the struggle, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation intended 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 story about the Fight of Pavan Khind (before acknowledged as Ghod Khind) and the bravery exhibited by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal army of 600 towards the Siddhi Masud and the troopers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is properly regarded across Maharashtra. The consequence – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s successful escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar do well in recreating this critical chapter from Marathi historical past on screen? Absolutely!

Pawankhind is a complete cinematic working experience that is suit for the huge screen. The film is ambitious in attempting to investigate this story in two and a fifty percent hrs, but it mainly succeeds in creating the suitable establish up and ambience that potential customers to a wonderful climax. From laying out the cause and the figures associated in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape system and the real fight, Pawankhind lays out all its playing cards in front you chronologically, even though inducing a dose of history, drama and even comic aid in between. The movie does not pass up out on providing thanks credit score to the greater part of the generals who aided Shivaji Maharaj realise his aspiration of Swarajya.

As for the actors, it is not an straightforward process to bring some of the most effectively –known names from the Marathi film and Tv 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 actor has offered 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. A different notable general performance that stands out is that of Ajinkya Nanaware as Shiva Kashid, the man who resembled Shivaji Maharaj and sacrificed himself for his king. The scenes involving Ajinkya and Chinmay are certain to deliver tears to your eyes.

Whilst Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the specialized aspects, though good, could have been improved. The qualifications rating overpowers dialogues in some significant scenes, and the action choreography in some scenes fails to make the reduce. Having said that, all claimed and finished, the entire workforce has performed its most effective to make this a major display screen experience. Probably with a more substantial budget, these issues can be ironed out in the following movies of Lanjekar’s collection.

For now, Pawankhind is a terrific look at, and at the cinemas only.