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75%Overall Score

Streaming on Zee5

A well-made historical period drama is always a treat. Fatteshikast gets everything right – from cinematography, costumes, historic facts, and execution. Directed by Digpal Lanjekar, Fatteshikast is an entertaining and inspiring account of the first surgical strike.

Fatteshikast is set in the time when the Maratha army was at its peak, with their eye on the prize – swarajya. Led by the courageous and righteous Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj (Chinmay Mandlekar), the Marathas take on the Lal Killa to regain its control from the Mughals. In the process, they have to take down a Mughal emperor Shaistekhan (Anup Soni) who was not known for his humane practices. Marathas, though smaller in number, use their intelligence and immaculate planning to successfully unleash a surgical attack on the Mughals.

Fatteshikast gets the details delightfully right

Not only is Fatteshikast backed by some stunning cinematography but the film is also robust with respect to historical accuracy. The life of the commoners during that era, the news reporting, the way the kings lived – everything has been portrayed with beautiful accuracy. Right from the sets and locations to the costumes, Fatteshikast is successful in recreating the era of where the Marathas were at war with the Mughal empire.

The cast delivers bhaardast performances

Chinmay Mandlekar plays the role of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and he brings his A-game. Mrinal Kulkarni plays the fiercely courageous and graceful Jijau, which is perfect because she is inherently graceful and does a great job. The supporting cast Mrunmayee Deshpande, Sameer Dharmadhikari, and Anup Soni do their best, thereby lending an aura of realism to the film.

Winning dialogues

The background music is perfectly in tune with the mood and tone of the movie. The scripts and the dialogues have been written well and are nuanced. The scene right before the climax where Chhatrapati Shivaji addresses his sena before the attack on Shaistekhan is to watch out for; it will give you the goosebumps. The film seems rather melodramatic in places. The runtime of the film could’ve been slashed down considerably and it’d have worked wonders.


Fatteshikast is a tale of intelligence and the efforts towards achieving the dream of swarajya. It’s well made – goosebumps guaranteed.

Director: Digpal Ranjekar
Writer: Digpal Ranjekar
Cast: Chinmay Mandlekar, Mrinal Kulkarni, Mrunmayee Deshpande
Language: Marathi
Streaming on: Zee5