Movie Review: Khap (2011)
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.