Baji Prabhu Deshpande's Pawankhind: A Maratha Warrior's Story

Monali GuptaMar 28 . 7 min read

Pawankhind is a Marathi-language Indian historical drama film released in 2022. Almonds Creations and A A Films produce the film, which is directed by Digpal Lanjekar. Chinmay Mandlekar, Mrinal Kulkarni, Ajay Purkar, Prajakta Mali, ameer Dharmadhikari, Ankit Mohan, and Kshitee Jog feature in the movie. Shooting for the movie began on 11th February 2020, in Raigad Fort, Maharashtra. The shooting of the film was finally completed on 19th March 2020. Jungjauhar changed its name to Pawankhind in February 2021 by the producers. On 18th February 2022, the film was finally released. Baji Prabhu Deshpande, a Maratha warrior, is the inspiration for the film's plot. Now that I've given you an overall view of the film, let's get into the plot.

Pawankhind Movie Plot

The Battle of Pavan Khind, a historical backline heroic struggle, is shown in the movie, which took place on 13th July of 1660 at a mountain near Fort Vishalgad, near the Kolhapur city which is located in Maharashtra between Maratha Warrior Baji Prabhu Deshpande and Siddi Masud of Adilshahi Sultanate.

Pawankhind movie poster

The legendary Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj (Chinmay Mandlekar) and his trusted warriors (Maalvas) are held in the fort of Panhala, which is surrounded by Adil Shah II's army, which is led by Siddi Johar (Sameer Dharmadhikari) and Siddi Masud, his son-in-law (Astad Kale). Pawankhind movie is the story of Maharaj's strategic attempt to take possession of Vishalgad while avoiding his adversaries, which culminates in the Battle of Pawankhind, a land stand.

PawankHind Movie Cast

  • Chinmay Mandlekar as Chatteapati Shivaji Maharaj
  • Mrinal Kulkarni as Rajmata Jijabai 
  • Ajay Purkar as Baji Prabhu Deshpande
  • Ruchi Savarn as Matoshri Soyarabai 
  • Prajakta Mali as Shrimant Bhavanibai Bandal
  • Surabhi Bhave as Matoshri Sonai Deshpande
  • Kshitee Jog as Badi Begum.
  • Madhavi Nimkar as Matoshri Gautamai Deshpande
  • Sameer Dharmadhikari as Siddi Johar
  • Ujjwala Jog as Bayobai Deshpande, Bajiprabhu's mother
  • Astad Kale as Siddi Masud 
  • Rishi Saxena as Rustamejaman
  • Sushrut Mankani as Fazar Khan
  • Ankit Mohan as Shrimant Rayajirao Bandal
  • Dipti Ketkar as Dipaiaau Bandal
  • Harish Dudhade as Bahirji Naik  
  • Akshay Waghmare as Koyaji Bandal
  • Ajinkya Nanaware as Narvir Shiva Kashid
  • Bipin Surve as Shambhu Singh Jadhavrao
  • Vaibhav Mangle as Gangadharpant
  • Sunil Jadhav as Fulajiprabhu Deshpande
  • Sachin Bhilare as Aaginya
  • Vikram Gaikwad as Netaji Palkar 

Shivraj Waichal as HarpyaPawanKhind Movie Release Date and Trailer

From February 11th to 19th March 2022, this movie was filmed in Raigad Fort, Maharashtra. The film was first titled Jungjauhar before being renamed PawanKhind. The Pawankhind movie was meant to be released on 11th June 2021, however, due to the pandemic outbreak, it was postponed to 31st December 2021, and thereafter due to a rise in COVID-19 outbreak caused by the Severe acute respiratory Omicron strain. The film was finally released on 18th February 2022.

Pawankhind Movie Review

The most important component in producing historical dramas is a gripping plot that does not falsify facts or use too much cinematic imagination, which might be a negative for the producer. Digpal Lanjekar (Pawankhind movie cast and director) does an excellent job of establishing a proper balance. Individuals are given sufficient opportunity to contribute meaningfully to the plot, with a few of them offering humorous light entertainment. Several goosebumps-inducing scenes keep the audience glued to their seats. The Pawankhind movie has a perfect combination of action, thrill, and a significant portion of the storyline is devoted to an emotional depth involving warriors(Mavlas) households.

Coming to the cast performance, Chinmay Mandlekar's acting is on another level as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. He shines while delivering lines, his serious eyes and quietness make him even more powerful when portraying the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's character.

Ajay Purkar portrayed the character of Baji Prabhu Dshpande and gave also an impressive performance. Purkar gives credit to the warrior's aura, whether it's through his powerful stature, expertly delivering excitement lines, or carrying the warrior's aura. Sameer Dharmadhikari as Siddi Johar's performance is enthralling and mysterious. Mrinal Kulkarni, Ankit Mohan, Astad Kale, Harish Dudhade, and Prajakta Mali all do an excellent job in their roles.

Talking about the direction, Digpal Lanjekar has a history of producing excellent historical dramas, but this time he has exceeded himself by providing Pawankhind is a Masterpiece movie. Lanjekar does an excellent job with the storytelling by using a flashback. Except for a few cases, he manages to strike a nice balance between commercial value and authenticity. Finally, about the PawanKhind movie’s music, The background music is nice, although it outshines speaking in a couple of situations. 'Raja aala' and 'Yugat Mandli' are two songs that will stay in your head.


Pawankhind is a wonderful Action, Drama, and Historical film that has a 9.6 out of 10 binge rating. The film succeeds to a large measure in achieving its goal of shining a spotlight on unheralded heroes. It's a moving and uplifting story told in a visually stunning presentation designed for enormous screens. You may watch the movie online on Prime Video if you are a subscriber to the video streaming OTT platform. 

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