By Nilesh P. Khandare(30 Jun 2011)
Khap is a heartrending tale of massacre in villages of central India to nurture cruel age-old customs. In this setting, a story of passion, dishonor and deceit unfolds; and the innocence of youth is throttled by uncompromising beliefs.
The film opens in the capital where two youths Ria and Kush fall in love. Meanwhile news channels highlight the death of Veer and Surili who are found dead in Omkar Chaudhary’s village. Ria has no idea that Omkar is her grandfather. Madhur, Ria’s father, had left his native village due to differences with Omkar over the ruthless pratha (tradition) of honour killings. Madhur is chosen to lead a Human Rights commission to investigate the suspicious deaths of young Veer and Surili.
In the village Sajod, Veer’s father Daulat Singh, a staunch supporter of this pratha, is unmoved by his son’s death. Surili’s father Sukhiram, however, is broken by his daughter’s demise.
Torn between his love for his estranged son and his strong belief in the pratha, Omkar promises Madhur that he would put an end to these ruthless killings. Ria and Kush also get pulled into the vortex of these inhuman customs.
Will Sukhiram be weakened and reveal all to the Human Rights Commission?
How do the patriarchs of the pratha respond to these happenings?
Are we courageous enough to face the truth?
These are the questions that the film attempts to raise.