Ek Hasina Thi (film)
|Ek Hasina Thi|
|Directed by||Sriram Raghavan|
|Produced by||Ram Gopal Varma|
|Written by||Sriram Raghavan
Pooja Ladha Surti
Saif Ali Khan
|Music by||Amar Mohile|
|Edited by||Sanjib Datta|
|Running time||137 minutes|
Ek Hasina Thi (Devnagari: एक हसीना थी, English: There Was A Beautiful Woman) is a 2004 neo-noir thriller film directed by Sriram Raghavan, produced by Ram Gopal Varma, and starring Urmila Matondkar and Saif Ali Khan in the lead roles. The screenplay was by Sriram Raghavan and Pooja Ladha Surti. The blockbuster film was premiered at the New York Asian Film Festival.
Karan is a rich, suave businessman. But he can also be very possessive of Sarika. His temper can flare at slightest pretext. After Karan involves Sarika in looking after a suitcase full of illegal firearms belonging to his friend, a hitman, she is arrested for having links with the underworld and is remanded to judicial custody. Karan claims innocence to her and sends her a defense attorney to fight her case. The attorney advises her to confess the crime, arguing that there is no proof exonerating her.
After being convinced that the judge will give her a light sentence and might even set her free for co-operation, Sarika complies. But, the judge sentences her to seven years hard labour without parole. Sarika then realizes that Karan is an associate to the underworld and that he had her framed to keep police eyes away from him. This realization is soon followed by the death of her father, the ongoing ordeal of prison life and hatred towards Karan. She beats up an abusive inmate Gomati. An elder inmate Pramila (Pratima Kazmi), who has contacts outside the prison, decides to help her. She receives a complete change of appearance.
Sarika changes from inside and outside. ACP Malti Vaidya (Seema Biswas) sets out to find Sarika after she escapes from prison. She first confronts Mathur, killing him after learning Karan's whereabouts. She is angered to see Karan enjoying his life with a new girl. With the news of Mathur's mysterious death, Karan becomes a suspect. Karan soon learns that Sarika has escaped but is not able to put two and two together. Sarika learns that Karan is working for a businessman (Abhay Bhargava) who has many illegal operations under his garb.
After she kills the businessman's brother, Karan gets trapped as he was the last man to see the person alive. Karan is shocked at the development but chalks it to the work of rival gang. Meanwhile, Sarika pretends to run into him. She pretends to have sympathy for him. Seeing that she still has not seen through his game, Karan decides to play with her for some time. Karan confronts a man whom he suspects to be a traitor, but he believes that somebody else could have sneaked in after Karan went out. Before the man can say anything, Karan kills him, too.
Sarika is amused as Karan gets entangled in a cat-and-mouse game. She steals money from Karan's boss, for which Karan is again made a patsy. However, Karan soon realizes the plot. After he confronts and assaults her, she shocks him by telling him that she has burnt the money. Karan takes her to his boss and makes her confess at gunpoint. But she feigns ignorance and claims that Karan made her say so. As Karan is attacked by his boss's goons, he breaks into a fight. Just then, the ACP enters with the police.
In a shootout, the ACP succeeds in killing Karan's boss. The gang is either killed or apprehended. While the ACP herself gets shot, Karan succeeds in escaping. His success is short-lived: Sarika holds him at gunpoint and makes him drive to a secluded spot. After knocking him out, she chains him in a cavern infested with rats. As Karan regains consciousness, Sarika tells him how she used to be scared of rats. Karan is baffled at her talk, but she leaves him in the cavern, with light from a flashlight pointing towards him.
Karan screams, but nobody hears as he is in a secluded place. Soon the flashlight goes out and Karan loses strength. The rats attack and kill him brutally (shown by dimming of lights and screams). Later Sarika is shown giving the bag of money, which she had not burnt after all, to an injured ACP Vaidya. She states that she has exacted her revenge, hinting that the ACP knew of Sarika's plans. The film ends with Sarika's name being called and she comes out of the prison gates.
- Urmila Matondkar: Sarika Vartak
- Saif Ali Khan: Karan Singh Rathod
- Seema Biswas: ACP Malti Vaidya
- Aditya Srivastava: Adv.Kamlesh Mathur
- Pratima Kazmi: Prisoner Pramila
- Kavita Kaushik: Karan's Girlfriend in Delhi
- Zakir Hussain: Sanjiv Nanda
- Seema Adhikari: Dolly
- Rajendra Sethi: Sarika's Neighbour
- Gopal K Singh: Abhijeet
- Madan Joshi:
- Abhay Bhargav: Karan's boss
- Rasika Joshi: Prisoner Gomati
Along with other technical nominations, Ek Hasina Thi won the Best Screenplay and Best Editing at the Star Screen and Zee Cine award ceremonies, respectively. Matondkar received nominations for Best Actress, including Filmfare Awards, Star Screen Awards and Zee Cine. Khan received nominations for Best Villain at the Star Screen and Zee Cine Awards.
Ek Hasina Thi opened well in multiplexes and become the number one movie of the week it was released. In the second week it slipped, facing tough competition from Khakee and other movies. By the time, the film could not sustain at the box office and started fading. Filmmakers felt that the title Ek Hasina Thi gave the wrong impression to viewers as they were expecting an out-and-out romantic venture. Nevertheless the film did good business on the account of its budget and helped Ram Gopal Verma to churn out several other medium budgeted movies from his production house 'Factory'.
- David (16 June 2006). "The Films of Ram Gopal Varma – An Overview". Cinema Strikes Back. Retrieved 22 February 2009.
- Ek Hasina Thi at the Internet Movie Database
- Ek Hasina Thi at AllMovie
- Planet Bollywood: Ek Hasina Thi (Film Review)