Sher Shivraj is a 2022 Indian Marathi-language historical drama film directed by Digpal Lanjekar and produced by Chinmay Mandlekar, Digpal Lanjekar, Nitin Keni, Pradyot Pendharkar and Anil Warkhade. The film based on the life of Maratha king, Shivaji where he defeated Afzal Khan with brilliant tactics and courage stars Chinmay Mandlekar in titular role, Mrinal Kulkarni, Ajay Purkar, Mukesh Rishi along with Bipin Surve and Rohan Mankani in supporting roles. The film was released theatrically on 22 April 2022. It’s the fourth movie of the series in an eight movies series on Maratha Empire. It will be followed by yet unnamed movie on Shivaji adventures in Agra.
Two months after the release of his previous film, Pawankhind, director Digpal Lanjekar is back to unfold the next chapter in his series of eight films on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, with Sher Shivraj.
The film is a dramatic retelling of Shivaji Maharaj and his Maratha army’s first major triumph, at the Battle of Pratapgad, which also resulted in the death of Afzalkhan, the general of the Bijapur Sultanate’s army. The story of Afzalkhan’s tyranny and his attempt to kill Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is well known. This chapter from Maratha history has found its way in numerous other projects before but given Lanjekar’s repertoire, it’s obvious that watching this unfold on the big screen will bring a different experience. On that front, the director doesn’t disappoint.
Chinmay Mandlekar has mastered the role of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and in this film too, he brings his top game and stands out among the huge star cast. Mukesh Rishi as Afzalkhan is another standout performer. He channels the rage of the character so well that it angers you as well. It’s a menacing performance from the seasoned actor. Other actors who shine are Sameer Dharmadhikari, Ajay Purkar, Mrinal Kulkarni, Vaibhav Mangle, Isha Keskar and Lanjekar himself in the role of Bahirji Naik. While some scenes bank on too much drama and theatrics, these actors take the experience of watching this film a notch higher.