The film 'Khap' that possessed a strong star cast and a very engaging theme was expected to be something that will make you sit back and think about the degrading evil practices prevailing in the north Indian society. Disappointing to a sensitive issue portrayed with such carelessness.
Based on 'Honor Killings' the film 'Khap' is about an authoritative body called by the same name that bars marriages in the same gotra (clan). According to the age old tradition they can't marry as they are siblings by their own parallel law. If any couple breaks the law and commits the sin, they are killed in the name of purification. 'Khap's President is Chaudhary (Om Puri) who's son Madhur (Mohnish Bahl) leaves him due to his unruly ways. 16 years later it is his own daughter Riya (Yuvika Chaudhary) who falls prey to the age old dreading issue.
The film sounds good as an idea but is a complete disappointment on screen. The creative minds behind the film failed to turn the thought provoking story into a good piece of cinema. The biggest drawback of the film comes in form of the poorly written screenplay and dilapidated direction. Director Ajai Sinha seems lost in his own direction and fails to compose an entertaining and thought provoking film. The music of the film is equally poor and adds no substance to it.
The performances are the only saving grace of the film. Veterans like Om Puri, Govind Namdeo, Manoj Pahwa and Mohnish Behl amaze you with their power-house performances, despite the poor scripts given to them. Yuvika Chaudhary is improving with each film but at a snail's pace. Her stint as a victim in this film is convincing but in bits and parts. However, Sartaj is deprived of that novelty also. He looked lost in the film and was certainly not an ideal choice to play his part.
All said all done, only one thing can be said for this disappointing film, a potential story that is certainly wasted in a film like this that wouldn't appeal to any segment of the audience.