Khap is a contemporary tale of traditional massacre erupting in the heartland of central India where certain villages still follow cruel age-old customs. This is where a story of passion, dishonour and deceit unfolds; where the sweet innocence of youth is throttled by uncompromising beliefs.
Khap is a contemporary tale of traditional massacre erupting in the heartland of central India where certain villages still follow cruel age-old customs. This is where a story of passion, dishonour and deceit unfolds; where the sweet innocence of youth is throttled by uncompromising beliefs. less
“Om Puri's performance and the film’s decent cast keep the audiences engaged till the interval. The story that follows is quite inconsistent and overdramatic. Give it a miss!”
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Khap is a movie with good intentions but mixed execution, much like the times when you want to study but a comic book inserts itself between the pages of your textbook.
The movie attempts to explain the meaning of Khap panchayats. These Khaps have been in the news recently for their blatant killing of young couples who wed within their gotra, which the Khap deems against the natural law, since people who belong to one gotra are deemed to be related to one another. I learnt quite a bit about Khaps, mostly from the lecture that Alok Nath in a suit gives to the college kids and then disappears from the movie.
The story is about a couple (Mohnish Behl, who keeps his hand in his pocket though the movie probably thinking he is still in Hum Saath Saath Hain) and Anuradha Patel, who have abandoned their home in the village since the man protested against his father, the Chaudharys approval of honour killings. He has a daughter who does not know this history and predictably falls in love with a guy who is from the same gotra. This happens post interval and pre that and post that there is a patchwork of serious stuff on the khap panchayat system and the tension between the Chaudhary and his son and lots of dancing in the snow, dancing in the college and a love being torn apart sequence between the young couple.
You cant help compare this film with Antardwand which dealt with the issue of bridegroom kidnappings. It hit home because it stuck to the topic which this movie just cannot do (The comic book strikes yet again!). Till the interval you are at least engaged with the movie thanks to the acting skills of Om Puri and the freshness of the new people playing the young couple. But post interval it is just so much melodrama.
Well, if you dont study and read your comic books instead you fail and that is what has happened to Khap.