Pawankhind Movie Review

The story of how Adilshahi Gen. Siddi Jauhar's soldiers besieged Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj at Panhala fort for months, causing the besieged forces to attempt a daring night strategy.

The biggest risk in such historic dramas is to churn out a compelling script without distorting facts and taking too much cinematic liberty.

The characters are given enough space to contribute handsomely to the story, with a couple of them giving a good comic relief. There are many goosebumps moments, keeping viewers stuck in their seats

Not just more of action and thrill, but a good chunk of a narrative is dedicated to an emotional quotient that involves families of maavlas.

Chinmay Mandlekar is hands down an amazing actor! Speaking about the character of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Chinmay plays it for the third time after Farzand and Fatteshikast.

He has completely nailed it. While he shines when uttering dialogues, he is even more impactful when it comes to acting through his intense eyes and silence.

Ajay Purkar shines in the role of Bajiprabhu Deshpande. Be it his powerful physique, flawlessly delivering adrenaline-pumping dialogues, or carrying the warrior’s aura, Purkar does complete justice.

It’s good to see Sameer Dharmadhikari after a long time. His Siddi Johar’s act is mystique and engrossing.

Actors like Mrunal Kulkarni, Ankit Mohan, Astad Kale, Harish Dudhade and Prajakta Mali excel in their parts.

Digpal Lanjekar has a track record of delivering good historic dramas, He tries to maintain a good balance of commercial value and rawness, in which he succeeds except for a few instances.

The background score is good but during a few scenes, it overpowers dialogues. Songs elevate the emotions in the movie, and ‘Raja aala’, ‘Yugat Mandli’ to remain in your ears even after leaving theatres.

With a good motive of making unsung heroes shine, the film succeeds to a great extent. It’s more than just a popcorn flick. It’s an inspiring and compelling tale weaved beautifully in an entertaining package meant for big screens!

What’s Good:  It’s a tale dedicated to unsung heroes!

What’s Bad: A bit slow in the first few minutes of the first half

Watch or Not?: Yes, yes, yes! It’s another masterpiece from the Marathi film industry

Imdb: 8.7 Director: Digpal Lanjekar Writers: Digpal Lanjekar

Cast: Mrinal Kulkarni, Chinmay Mandlekar, Sameer Dharmadhikari, Ajay Purkar, Ankit Mohan

Where to watch: Theater Release date: 18 February 2022