The film, which was delayed thanks to the pandemic, is based on one of the most famous incidents from Maratha record – the Battle of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it very clear that this is not a comprehensive documentation of the struggle, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation meant to showcase the bravery of the Marathas involved in this battle. So, there are cinematic liberties taken in this retelling, but the crux of the story is preserved.
The story about the Fight of Pavan Khind (previously recognised as Ghod Khind) and the bravery exhibited by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal army of 600 versus the Siddhi Masud and the soldiers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is well known across Maharashtra. The result – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s productive escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar triumph in recreating this vital chapter from Marathi history on display? Absolutely!
Pawankhind is a thorough cinematic knowledge that is in shape for the massive monitor. The movie is bold in trying to take a look at this tale in two and a 50 percent hours, but it largely succeeds in generating the ideal establish up and atmosphere that potential customers to a superb climax. From laying out the rationale and the people associated in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape strategy and the genuine struggle, Pawankhind lays out all its playing cards in front you chronologically, while inducing a dose of record, drama and even comic relief in between. The movie doesn’t overlook out on offering owing credit rating to the vast majority of the generals who assisted Shivaji Maharaj realise his aspiration of Swarajya.
As for the actors, it is not an quick job to carry some of the most nicely –known names from the Marathi film and Tv set industry jointly 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 actor has specified his ideal 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 overall 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 certain to carry tears to your eyes.
While Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the specialized aspects, nevertheless excellent, could have been better. The background score overpowers dialogues in some significant scenes, and the motion choreography in some scenes fails to make the slice. Having said that, all stated and carried out, the full staff has completed its finest to make this a large display screen expertise. Probably with a even larger spending plan, these points can be ironed out in the adhering to movies of Lanjekar’s sequence.
For now, Pawankhind is a excellent observe, and at the cinemas only.