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Tanhaji The Unsung Warrior (2020)

The film begins with the opening scene of India also called “sone ki chidiya” (the golden bird) but this golden bird was destroyed due to several invasions. The introduction follows up with a young Tanhaji Malusare learning sword fight under his father. And it is shown that the all-important message that one’s tools should be of use when Tanhaji’s dhal or shield has a sharp edge too. After learning a sword fight and a duel between his father (where he wins) the plot thickens.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, having escaped from the house arrest of Mughals had to hand over his precious forts to Aurangzeb. Kondhana (Sinhagad) is included too. Aurangzeb thus appoints Udaybhan Singh Rathod, a Rajput to be the Killedar or fort keeper of Kondhana. While Shivaji Maharaj prepares to take back Kondhana, Tanhaji Malusare, unaware of the situation comes to Rajgad to invite the Maharaj for his son, Raiba’s wedding. He eventually finds out due to the treacherous intentions of fellow ministers in the Maharaj’s council.

After thorough planning, Tanhaji Malusare decides to attack Uday Bhan before he can reach Kondhana. The attempt fails and Udaybhan along with Naagin, a fictional long canon reaches Kondhana. Thus begins Tanhaji Malusare’s actual battle of reconnaissance of the Kondhana fort, it’s secret doors and the actual war. After taking 300 mavalas with him, he climbs the Kondhana fort and Suryaji Malusare (brother of Tanhaji Malusare) and Shelar Mama (uncle of Tanhaji Malusare) along with 400 mavalas waits at the Kalyan Darwaza. A group of Marathas opens the Kalyan Darwaza and the Marathas rush into the fort. Tanhaji Malusare and the mavalas enter through the Pune Darwaza by sheer bravery and battle begins with Udaybhan singlehandedly destroying the Marathas. After the battle and exhilarating background music, the duel between Udaybhan and Tanhaji starts. While Tanhaji Malusare cuts the fire to the Naagin canon in mid-air, Udaybhan cuts his hand. After wrapping his turban around his hand he pushes Udaybhan along with Naagin down the fort. Shivaji Maharaj rushes onto Kondhana and Tanhaji dies in his presence.

The movie ends with Tanhaji Malusare’s wife welcoming him in bridal attire.

Starring: Ajay Devgn, Saif Ali Khan, Kajol,

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