Mumbai, July 21: While the poster of ‘Tanaji-The Unsung Warrior’ has been out on twitter, Actor Ajay Devgan is trying to play the historical yet ferocious character of ‘Tanaji Malusare’- one of the brave and famous Maratha warriors after Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj and a name which is synonymous with valor and heroism.
After unveiling, the poster drew lots and lots of curiosity as the fiery poster has set a fire within the hearts of people. Based on Subedar Taanaji Malusare, an able warrior who fought for his people, motherland and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the period film based on one of the glorious chapters of Indian history will be directed by Om Raut. The epic film is slated for a worldwide release in 2019.
Perhaps no episode in Maratha history has stirred the hearts of people as deeply as the death of Tanaji Malusare, the Conqueror of Sinhagad (the Lion’s Fort), the tale of which is most popularly told by the Ballad of Sinhagad. Everyone has read about the epic stories about Shivaji Maharaj and his Mawalas during school days which were always inspiring and now the movies.
Let us look into the flashback of the brave Maratha warriors who ferociously fought and inspired several generations. No wonder even today we have these examples…. These heroes and their examples of valiant acts will be immortal.
‘Gad ala pan Sinha Gela’ …this were the lines how Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj condoled after brave Tanaji captured the Konadhana Fort which was ruled by Mughals and Pathans. The thought of the Mughals controlling the fort was more than just enraging to Shivaji Maharaj's mother, Rajmata Jijabai. There was nobody else capable thought Shivaji Maharaj other than Tanaji Malusare, his prized companion from early youth, and a man of iron will, who had accompanied Shivaji Maharaj on all historic associations. After knowing he had been summoned to such dangerous mission, undauntedly the Lion-hearted Tanaji vowed either to accomplish it or die in the process.
He set out at night and from the Konkan marched towards the fortress with his men, reaching it unnoticed on a cold, clear and moonless night – in February 1670. He had taken with him Shivaji Maharaj’s favourite Gghorpad or lizard to assist in scaling the fort wall (the lizard was regularly used to map a suitable route for climbing forts). The creature, to whose waist a cord was tied, refused to climb the fort as if to warn Tanaji of the impending disaster. Tanaji expressed his rage, and the lizard got the message and terrified, scaled the hill top, which helped the Marathas to climb the cliff.
Malusare had to launch the attack from the south side of the fort with just 300 of his men while the rest were still at the bottom of the fort. The attack was immediately met with defensive forces that outnumbered his by an alarming amount. His mind was already made up, and he ordered his troops to charge. The fight proceeded. Tanaji lost many men, but they inflicted heavy casualties on the Moghul forces. Tanaji repeatedly sang to keep the spirits of his soldiers high.
After some hours, the Mughal commander Uday Bhan Rathod engaged in a fight with Tanaji. When Rathod knocked the shield from Malusare's hand, Malusare was said to have removed a bit of cloth and wrap it around his defending arm to continue. The battle between the two Bravehearts was said to have lasted for the better part of the attack itself, and it ended with Malusare losing his life.
The death of their leader unnerved the Marathas, but Tanaji had kept the battle going just long enough so that the 700 troops who had been left at the bottom of the fort when the battle began had managed to breach the defence and force entry. They were led by Suryaji, Tanaji's brother. The timely arrival of Suryaji, Tanaji’s brother, who had entered the fort, and his exhortation to the Marathas to fight till the end saved the situation. In the fierce battle that continued, the Mughal commander was slain, and the entire garrison routed. Several hundred Mughals in order to try and save themselves ventured over the rock and were slain in the attempt.
It was a great victory for the Marathas.