Khap is a 2011 Hindi film starring Yuvika Chaudhary Om Puri, Govind Namdeo, Manoj Pahwa, Mohnish Bahl. Directed by Ajai Sinha, the film is a socio-political drama based on the Manoj-Babli honour killing case and Khap Panchayats in villages of Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, which order honour killing to prevent marriages within the same gotra. Wikipedia
‘Khap’ is a film that ostensibly sets out to challenge the notion of ‘honour killings’, taking us to a Haryana village where such activities seem to over-ride all else. But it is so shoddily done that the opposite is achieved, giving those who practice it with impunity a platform from where they can preach.
"Khap" should be commended for attempting a socially-relevant theme with some amount of detachment and equanimity.
You can't have an issue-based film which invests more runtime on a campus song, a love ballad, a honeymoon song, a separation song, a hogwash love story and what not. Khap certainly doesn't leave any chaap (mark) on your mind. Pardon me if that sounds corny, the film's been an inspiration!
There are films that shake you up and force you to realise that by virtue of being born in urban areas or during comparatively progressive times, we get a lot of freedom and that we must not take it for granted.
On the whole, Khap is a dull and dry drama even though it is well-intentioned. At the ticket windows, it will fail to make any mark whatsoever.
On the whole, KHAP is an honest effort that deserves to be encouraged. Of course, it may not be the most persuasive film that portrays an issue, but at least it makes a sincere effort to be there.
KHAP is an artistic as well as a box-office disaster.
Khap should be commended for attempting a socially-relevant theme with some amount of detachment and equanimity. Should love between cousins or people from within one family be sternly discouraged just because the village panchayat feels it is damaging to the social framework?