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Khap – movie review

A serious issue based film


Khap - movie review

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, dishonor and deceit unfolds; where the sweet innocence of youth is throttled by uncompromising beliefs. Khap movie review…

The film opens in the capital where two youths Ria and Kush fall in love. Ria (Uvika Choudhary ) is a beautiful city girl who is Madhur and Komal’s daughter. Kush (Sarrtaj Gill) is a young charming boy who has come from South Africa to India for his MBA.
Sarrtaj plays the role of Kush, a young charming boy.

Ria and Kush get trapped into the khap traditions and then begins the struggle of survival and escape from the village.

Meanwhile, news channels highlight the death of the local couple Veer and Sureeli who are found dead in Omkar Chaudhary’s village.

Omkar Chaudhary (Om Puri) is the President of Khap and Ria’s grand father. He is the Sarpanch (President) of the Khap Panchayat. Omkar is a stoic man with very rigid beliefs but gradually in the film we see multiple layers in his personality.

Ria has no idea that Omkar is her grandfather.

Madhur (Mohnish Bahl) is Ria’s father, had left his native village due to differences with Omkar over the ruthless pratha (tradition) of honour killings. Madhur is a loving father to Ria and works for the Human Rights Commission. He is a man of principles and intellect, he exhibits courage to stand in opposition to his father Omkar Chaudhary (Om Puri) in a conflict of beliefs and values.

Madhur is chosen to lead a commission to investigate the suspicious deaths of young Veer & Sureeli. Komal Chaudhary (Anooradha Patel) is Madhur’s (Mohnish Bahl) wife. She is a constant support system for her husband.

The boy who was found dead – Veer’s father Daulat Singh is a staunch supporter of this pratha and is unmoved with his son’s death. Daulat Singh (Govind Namdev) is a very aggressive follower of the Khap tradition and he does not seem to have any regret after killing his own son in the name of purification. He is the constant obstacle in the way of Ria and Kush and their struggle marks the importance of this character.

However, Sukhiram is the girl Sureeli’s father, who is broken by his daughter’s demise. Sukhiram (Manoj Pahwa) father of the girl who is killed as per the tradition of the Khap Panchayat, leaves Sukhiram extremely bitter and causes a marked change in his attitude towards honour killings.

Will Sukhiram be weakened and reveal all to the Human Rights commission?

Torn between his love for his son and his strong belief in the pratha, Omkar promises Madhur that he would put an end to the ruthless killings in the village.

Ria and Kush are also pulled into the vortex of these inhuman customs.

How do the patriarchs of the pratha (system) respond to these happenings? Does Omkar Chaudhary change for the sake of his granddaughter? These are the questions that the film Khap attempts to raise.

Khap is a serious issue based film.

Cast of Khap:
Omkar Chaudhary – Om Puri
Daulat Singh – Govind Namdev
Sukhiram – Manoj Pahwa
Madhur Chaudhary – Mohnish Bahl
Komal Chaudhary – Anooradha Patel
Ria – Uvika Choudhary
Kush – Sarrtaj Gill
Vishwa Mohan Badola
Ravi Jhankal
Raj Arjun
Gaurav Bajpai
Luvleen Walia
Friendly Appearance: Shammy Aunty, Alok Nath

Produced by Sangita Sinha and Siddhant Sinha
Banner – Ananda Film & Telecommunications Pvt. Ltd.,
Story & Direction by Ajai Sinha
Director of Photography – Lokesh Bhalla
Screenplay by Vijay Verma, Vinod Ranganath, Ajai Sinha, Ashok Lal and Ishan Trivedi
Music Director – Annujj Kappoo
Executive Producer – Neelesh Inamdar
Dialogues – Vijay Verma
Additional Dialouges – Ishan Trivedi
Editor – Sanjay Sankla
Art Direction – Ajit Patnaik
Sound Design – Rajendra Hegde
Associate Director – Manmeet Singh Sodhi
Action – Babboo Khanna
Choreography – Pony Verma and Habiba Rehman
Background Score – Santosh Mulekar
Lyrics – Yogesh, Nida Fazli, Kumaar and Panchhi Jalonvi
Consulting Producer – Shyam Kapoor and Jaladh K. Sharma
Production Controller – Rakesh Nahata
Make Up – Pandhari Jukar and Manish Darolikar
Post Production Executive – Manasi Pareek
Khap – movie review