Movie Review: Khap (2011)

Users Rating: [ratings] ★★☆☆☆
Box Office: Flop

KHAP tries to do too many things at the same time and fails to do justice to the cause it intended to serve. Duvidha mein dono gaye, maya mili na Ram. It is neither a serious film on the issue of ‘honour killings’ in India’s Jat land, nor a masala love story with great commercial possibilities. It is a ‘neither here nor there’ kind of film, with grave cinematic deficiencies replete with the tacky elements that are hallmarks of B grade regional films. The writer-director-producer Ajay Sinha wastes precious resources and efforts on an inconsequential enterprise and delivers a dud.

The idea and the story of the film are interesting yet predictable. There are also a few dramatic twists and turns in the screenplay, rendered ineffective by the sloppiness in direction. A badly conceived, developed, written, performed, force-fitted, and directed romantic track delivers the final blow to its credibility as an issue-based film.

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.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
3.0 “A good attempt, but not engaging”
Average Reviews
2.5 “KHAP is an honest effort that deserves to be encouraged.”
2.5 “The film is loud, over-the-top and spills over with in-your-face violence, with young people being impaled with swords, run over by trucks and tractors, leaving nothing to the imagination.”
Negative Reviews
2.0 “Khap, in a nutshell, trivializes a serious issue with its formulaic treatment. “
2.0 “A perfect miss.”
1.5 “This film should have been more solid.”
1.5 “Khap is weird, cheesy, and ineffective.”
DNA India
1.5 “The khap representatives who are worried that the film will give them a bad rep, and are on a warpath against movie halls showing it, needn’t bother.”
1.0 “KHAP is an artistic as well as a box-office disaster.”
1.0 “Khap leaves one with the impression that director Ajai Sinha actually set out to make a terrible college romance here, but walked into the issue of khaps in the most incidental way possible.”
1.0 “To sum it up, Khap is easily avoidable. “


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