The film, which was delayed thanks to the pandemic, is centered on just one of the most well-known incidents from Maratha history – the Fight of Pavan Khind. At the outset, the makers make it distinct that this is not a full documentation of the fight, its prelude or aftermath, but a cinematic recreation intended to showcase the bravery of the Marathas involved in this fight. So, there are cinematic liberties taken in this retelling, but the crux of the tale is preserved.
The story about the Battle of Pavan Khind (before regarded as Ghod Khind) and the bravery displayed by Bajiprabhu Deshpande and the Bandal army of 600 versus the Siddhi Masud and the soldiers of the Adilshahi Sultanate is effectively recognised across Maharashtra. The outcome – Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s productive escape from Panhalgad to Vishalgad. But, does Lanjekar realize success in recreating this crucial chapter from Marathi record on screen? Absolutely!
Pawankhind is a thorough cinematic practical experience that is healthy for the huge screen. The movie is bold in attempting to examine this story in two and a 50 percent several hours, but it mostly succeeds in building the correct build up and ambience that leads to a great climax. From laying out the rationale and the figures concerned in it, to the siege of Panhala by Siddhi Jauhar, the escape approach and the real fight, Pawankhind lays out all its cards in front you chronologically, even though inducing a dose of record, drama and even comedian relief in involving. The movie does not miss out on providing thanks credit score to the greater part of the generals who served Shivaji Maharaj realise his desire of Swarajya.
As for the actors, it’s not an easy process to bring some of the most very well –known names from the Marathi film and Television set business 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 individual actor has offered his very best to their roles. Even the supporting forged has some unforgettable performances from Kshitee Jog as Badi Begum, Harish Dudhade as Bahirji Naik, Shivraj Waichal as Harpya, Rishi Saxena as Rustam Zaman. Yet another noteworthy overall performance that stands out is that of Ajinkya Nanaware as Shiva Kashid, the guy who resembled Shivaji Maharaj and sacrificed himself for his king. The scenes involving Ajinkya and Chinmay are bound to deliver tears to your eyes.
When Pawankhind excels in storytelling, the technological aspects, while good, could have been better. The background rating overpowers dialogues in some essential scenes, and the motion choreography in some scenes fails to make the lower. Nonetheless, all stated and accomplished, the full crew has performed its ideal to make this a huge display screen knowledge. Probably with a bigger finances, these matters can be ironed out in the pursuing movies of Lanjekar’s series.
For now, Pawankhind is a wonderful view, and at the cinemas only.