The movie, which was delayed owing to the pandemic, is based on a person of the most renowned incidents from Maratha record – the Battle of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it obvious that this is not a finish documentation of the fight, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation meant to showcase the bravery of the Marathas included in this struggle. So, there are cinematic liberties taken in this retelling, but the crux of the tale is taken care of.
The tale about the Fight of Pavan Khind (earlier known as Ghod Khind) and the bravery displayed by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal army of 600 against the Siddhi Masud and the soldiers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is well identified across Maharashtra. The result – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s profitable escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar do well in recreating this essential chapter from Marathi history on display screen? Unquestionably!
Pawankhind is a comprehensive cinematic knowledge that is in shape for the huge monitor. The movie is formidable in attempting to discover this tale in two and a 50 percent several hours, but it mainly succeeds in building the ideal make up and atmosphere that prospects to a wonderful climax. From laying out the cause and the people involved in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape plan and the actual fight, Pawankhind lays out all its playing cards in entrance you chronologically, although inducing a dose of history, drama and even comedian aid in involving. The movie doesn’t miss out on providing due credit score to the bulk of the generals who assisted Shivaji Maharaj realise his dream of Swarajya.
As for the actors, it’s not an simple activity to carry some of the most perfectly –known names from the Marathi film and Tv industry alongside one another in a multi-starrer of this scale. But the casting department 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 and every actor has given his best 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. A different noteworthy 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 sure to provide tears to your eyes.
Although Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the technical elements, while very good, could have been greater. The background rating overpowers dialogues in some critical scenes, and the action choreography in some scenes fails to make the slash. Nonetheless, all claimed and performed, the entire workforce has completed its greatest to make this a big display working experience. Perhaps with a greater spending budget, these matters can be ironed out in the next movies of Lanjekar’s collection.
For now, Pawankhind is a great view, and at the cinemas only.