It is as if a wave of historical films has hit the Marathi audience. Although the history of the Shiva era is lived on the celluloid screen, the sequence of events and the corresponding context are the same, but according to the writer and director, each film is a different experience. Director and actor Praveen Tarde has fulfilled his wish to provide the audience with a historical film with such magnificent sets, lively dialogues and avoidable action scenes in such a magnificent way that he made it famous as the great cinema of Maharashtra through Sarsenapati Hambir. Rao.
Sarsenapati Hambirrao Mohite from Praveen Afternoon is a man of history who was neglected as Sarsenapati Hambirrao Mohite, important decisions he made at that time, several aspects of his relationship with both Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Sambhaji Maharaj unfold from this film. The story of Hambirrao’s heroism unfolds with Hambir Rao’s entry as Commander-in-Chief, which was caused by former Commander-in-Chief Prataprao Gujar’s bravery in beheading Bahlol Khan with four Mavals and killing him. Hambirrao Mohite was appointed Commander-in-Chief just a few months before the Maharaja’s coronation. In these two incidents, many incidents occurred along with the defeat of the enemy and the expansion of Swarajya by conquering the South. Apart from the internal rebellion in Swarajya, the role of Anajipant, his conspiracies, the film focuses only on Soyarabai’s hut and his sister’s troublesome brother and also sheds light on Hambirrao’s relationship with Sambhaji Maharaj. From Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj to Sambhaji Maharaj in every battle he fought valiantly and in the last battle with Wai Sarja Khan, Hambir Rao’s heroic death is a great milestone in his life.
Many things are important in making a historical film, such as the performance of the actors, their hard work on the body, the fencing, the horse-riding training. From Praveen Tarden in the role of Hambir Rao, here you can see the hard work of all the actors like Gashmir Mahajani, Rakesh Bapat. We are delighted to see seven heroes riding horses in the first frame. The director has tried to move the story forward by adding some events in the film symbolically, some just in a statement. Songs are also used for this purpose. The best example of this is the first mess that was filmed on the outgoing actor Upendra Limaye. Bahirji is seen here recounting the entire enemy plan of the song. As mentioned above, due to the large size of Hambir Rao’s income, the film is roughly divided into two parts. In the first half, Hambirrao with Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and in the second half, Sambhaji Raje and Hambirrao, a couple of uncles and nephews, advance the film in two different stages. Since the scope of the topic is so wide, the sequence of events that follow Hambirrao becomes important. But many times the film does not touch on Hambirrao’s personal affairs, his personal life, his relationship with his bosses. Since the story revolves around the same angle as Hambirrao and Maharaj or Hambirrao and Sambhaji Maharaj, the influence of his personality is limited to some extent, in some places. In it, the film shows some of the hitherto untouched historical references, such as Tarabir, the daughter of Hambir Rao, and her different view of their relationship or the incarnation of him.
The film manages to entertain as well as inform. The more difficult the situation, the more bitter the Maratha-style dialogue. Actor Gashmir Mahajani has been cast in the roles of Shivaji Maharaj and Sambhaji Maharaj. Gashmir has shown the difference between these two expressions through his body language and sometimes just through his eyes. Seeing Upendra Limaye in the role of Bahirji should be a different experience, his voice was also wonderfully used for the film. Lots of new faces including Rakesh Bapat, Shruti Marathe, Kshitij Date add freshness to this movie. Praveen Tarde himself has played the role of Hambir Rao in a very studious way.
The film manages to entertain as well as inform. However, the photography of this film has become its main feature and attraction. The scene between Shivaji Maharaj and Hambirrao Mohite who witnessed the rise of Suryanarayana has become sharper due to Suryibaba looking like a red sphere behind him. Sambhaji Raja’s way of bathing the enemy was different. Whether it be the anointing of blood on Sambhaji Raja’s head after being lifted by the edge of the sword or the interaction with his wife in the dim light of Hambir Rao’s house. In the first frame we are moved by the dust that rises with the hooves of the horses and the power of the seven heroes who are lost in that storm. Thoughts made for each of these scenes, their arrangement keeps us feeling everywhere. Mahesh Limaye’s experienced and creative eye on photography gives you a beautiful visual experience. This historical film that tells the story of Hambirrao is a bit long, of course the length is not boring. But the realization that Hambir Rao’s story was wanted still lingers somewhere in my mind. In the current wave of historical films, Sarsenapati Hambir Rao is definitely a beautiful and scholarly experimental film.
Director – Praveen Late
Cast: Praveen Tarde, Gashmir Mahajani, Upendra Limaye, Mohan Joshi, Rakesh Bapat, Shruti Marathe, Snehal Tarde, Sunil Abhyankar, Kshitij Date, Angad Mhaskar.