The film, which was delayed owing to the pandemic, is primarily based on one of the most famous incidents from Maratha historical past – the Struggle of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it obvious 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 involved in this struggle. So, there are cinematic liberties taken in this retelling, but the crux of the story is taken care of.
The story about the Fight 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 properly recognised across Maharashtra. The result – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s thriving escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar do well in recreating this essential chapter from Marathi heritage on display screen? Unquestionably!
Pawankhind is a comprehensive cinematic experience that is healthy for the massive screen. The film is ambitious in making an attempt to check out this tale in two and a half hrs, but it largely succeeds in producing the correct create up and ambience that qualified prospects to a amazing climax. From laying out the purpose and the figures involved in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape approach and the real struggle, Pawankhind lays out all its cards in entrance you chronologically, although inducing a dose of background, drama and even comic relief in in between. The film does not miss out on out on offering thanks credit score to the majority of the generals who aided Shivaji Maharaj realise his aspiration of Swarajya.
As for the actors, it’s not an straightforward endeavor to carry some of the most very well –known names from the Marathi movie and Tv industry with each other 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 presented his ideal to their roles. Even the supporting solid has some unforgettable performances from Kshitee Jog as Badi Begum, Harish Dudhade as Bahirji Naik, Shivraj Waichal as Harpya, Rishi Saxena as Rustam Zaman. An additional notable efficiency 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 bound to carry tears to your eyes.
While Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the specialized factors, nevertheless great, could have been greater. The history score overpowers dialogues in some critical scenes, and the motion choreography in some scenes fails to make the slash. Nonetheless, all stated and accomplished, the entire group has finished its most effective to make this a massive display screen working experience. Probably with a greater finances, these issues can be ironed out in the next movies of Lanjekar’s sequence.
For now, Pawankhind is a wonderful look at, and at the cinemas only.