Tanhaji, an unfamiliar Hero who went missing and many was unaware of this courageous warrior until the movie Tanhaji-the Unsung Warrior arrived in theatres, which became the first mammoth hit of the year 2020.
Tanaji Malusree, who is said to be a hero in Maharashtra, is mainly unknown in other parts of the country, India. Tanaji was a Sardar (military commander) in Shivaji’s Military and Has Been the architect of Maratha victory in the Battle of Sinhagad in 1670.
This Success is Important in Indian history as it Had Been instrumental in the resurgence of Shivaji’s efforts after the ruler Dropped 23 forts in the 1660s to the Mughals and had suffered a few setbacks.
The victory was one of the earliest of Shivaji’s offensives to reconquer his land that caused the institution of the Maratha Empire at 1674.
The Battle of Sinhagad executed on 4th February 1670, which happened during the night. The conflict happened somewhere near the forts of Sinhagad which was called Kondhana at that period, which is located close to the city of Pune, Maharashtra, India.
The Battle took place between Tanaji Malusare and Udaybhan Singh Rathore, a Rajput custodian under Jai Singh.
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Throughout the siege, Tanaji Malusare scaled a cliff that led through the assistance of a monitor lizard to the fort called Yashwanti (who was referred to as ghorpad in Marathi).
This sort of lizard was domesticated during the 15th century and Yashwanti was trained to pull on Malusare up the wall of the fort.
Tanaji Malusare lost his life in the Battle, giving a brave fight to Udaybhan Singh Rathore. The fort was renamed as Sinhagad in the memory of Tanaji Malusare.
When the movie was announced, an objection came in the way of the makers claiming why the movie is named Tanhaji-The Unsung Warrior by the relatives of Tanhaji Malusare. Most of the schools in Maharashtra and in Mumbai cover the topic of Tanhaji and are familiar with the iconic figure, then why name it as Tanhaji-The Unsung Warrior.
The makers stated that Tanhaji is a known figure in Maharashtra; however, it is unknown by many in the world and the country. So the audiences should know who Tanhaji was and what his role was as a military assistant of Maratha King Chhatrapati Shivaji.
Tanhaji- The Unsung Warrior, is a biographical based drama movie on the life of Tanhaji Malusare. Ajay Devgan portraying the lead as Tanhaji is at the peak with some hard-hitting punches and great action scenes. Saif Ali Khan, on the other hand, as Udaybhan Singh Rathore has left no stone unturned to keep his spot justified with the negative role.
Earlier, the movie was declared as Taanaji: The Unsung Warrior, however, later, Ajay Devgan took to his Tweeter account renaming the movie as Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior.
Most of the critic’s response to Tanhaji-The Unsung Warrior, with raving and positive words of mouth. Chhappak, another highly anticipated movie of 2020, was released alongside Tanhaji-The Unsung Warrior, but going by the trend, Tanhaji wins over Chhappak.
The film seems to have no areas of improvement, however, somewhere in between loses the grip, but Om Raut, the director, makes it a perfect gem for the audiences.
Tanhaji is still running in theatres and has grossed an overall box office collection of ₹362.11 crores with a budget of ₹125 crores- Wikipedia report
IMDB Rates the movie with 8.6/10 which seems to be a good response for viewers to hit the theatre to watch the movie.
Chhapaak and Tanhaji both clashed in the box office together, however after seeing Deepika Padukone in JNU campus which created a big buzz on social media. Many BJP leaders started the #TanhajiChallenge distributing the tickets for free check out hindi.news18.com for detail information about the #TanhajiChallenge
Shivaji’s mavlas (the soldiers at Shivaji’s army were known as mavlas) were specialist mountain climbers. It was a tradition that was designed specially to assist the enemy is caught by Shivaji’s troops unawares during guerrilla struggles.
Tanhaji Malusare and Shelar mama (another trusted Shivaji aide and a professional climber), together with a group of 150-odd mavlas rose beneath the Kondhana fort out of the steepest side (since termed in Tanhaji’s memory as Tanhaji kada or cliff).
Tanhaji’s younger brother Suryaji climbed the fort out of Kalyan darwaja, another entry to the fort, together with 200-odd soldiers.
As soon as they attained atop the fort , they increased the Maratha war cry of’Har Har Mahadev’ and the fight against the Mughals, led by Uday Bhan, began on February 4, 1670.
Among the blows from Uday Bhan’s sword struck Tanhaji’s sheild (a protective shield that is utilized during sword fights) so hard it broke, but the resourceful Tanhaji wrapped the fabric tied around his waist round among his hands and used it like a weapon.
He kept fighting bravely against such chances and finally laid down his life for the origin of Shivaji’s swaraj (self-rule).One of the blows from the sword of Uday Bhan took his life away.
When Shelar mama saw that, he came upon the heavy Uday Bhan and killed him.
After the remainder saw their leader of the Maratha soldiers on the floor, they were shocked they began retreating from the fort. They had plans to scale down the fort using the ropes that they had used to scale up.
At this moment, the younger brother of Tanhaji Suryaji sprang up to boost the Maratha troops’ morale. He told his soldiers that they become immortal in the background and lay their lives down around the fort-like Tanhaji or die fighting for the cause of swaraj.
Suryaji gave two options to the troop either we jump from the steep cliffs and die, or we fight till our last breath against the Mughal army.
Suryaji told them that he had cut on the ropes that they had used to climb up the fort leaving no other option before the Marathas but to fight to win or perish.
Shivaji waited for a signal at Rajgadh — perhaps not much from Kondhana a distance of 16 kilometers — from the Kondhana fort which could communicate about the victory of the Marathas.
When the battle had been won, it had been a classic tradition to burn off enormous piles of sterile grass (readily available atop forts to be applied as fodder for horses and other milch cows ) atop forts at night so the smoke from this fire could eventually become visible far away during daylight time.
When Shivaji saw the smoke atop Kondhana in daylight he understood that Tanhaji Malusare along with his group of brave fighters had won the fort of Shivaji’s kingdom that was given to the Mughals as part of the agreement of Purandar signed with Mirza Raje Jaisingh, a Rajput general in the Mughal army.
After seeing the smoke from the fort, Shivaji started preparing to welcome the soldiers, without knowing the fact that Tanhaji is no more with the soldiers and has given his life for swarajy.
Shivaji’s brave mavlas unfold the bhagwa(saffron) color flag of the Marathas and return to Rajgadh with the body of Tanhaji in a trunk.
Shivaji paid tribute to Tanhaji by placing his Raj Maal( the king’s necklace) on the immortal body.
Then uttered the famous words – The fort is captured, but our lion has fallen.
The fort was then rename to Sinhgad in the memories of Tanhaji.