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A woman falls for a charming and mysterious businessman. The whirlwind romance turns sour when she is framed for his underworld crimes. Now, finally out of prison she is ready for sweet revenge.

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Credited cast:
Saif Ali Khan ... Karan Singh Rathod
Urmila Matondkar ... Sarika Vartak
Seema Biswas ... ACP Malti Vaidya
Aditya Srivastava ... Kamlesh Mathur
Pratima Kazmi ... Pramila (as Pratima Kajmi)
Madan Joshi Madan Joshi
Zakir Hussain ... Sanjeiv Nanda
Abhay Bhargav Abhay Bhargav
Rasika Oak Rasika Oak
Seema Adhikari Seema Adhikari ... Dolly
Gopal K. Singh Gopal K. Singh ... Abhijeet (as Gopal Singh)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sheeba Chaddha
Rasika Joshi ... Gomti the Prison Queen
Kavita Kaushik ... Karan's girlfriend who lives in Delhi
Gulfam Khan Gulfam Khan
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Sarika and Karan are employed in a big city called Mumbai in India. They meet, have a date, and find that they are attracted to each other. They do not know nor care of each others' backgrounds, and get married. They start to live in a small apartment. One day Karan asks Sarika to deliver a parcel for him via an Indian airline, which she does. The authorities stop her, and a search reveals that she was carrying drugs in the parcel, and she is arrested. After her arrest, Karan visits her and assures that this is all a big misunderstanding, and she will be found not guilty and let out soon. This does not happen, Sarika is found guilty, is convicted and sentenced to a long jail term. While in prison, it slowly and painfully dawns on her that she has been used, and wants to avenge this. In order to get even with Karan, she must first of all either wait for the sentence to get over or be more daring and escape, take Karan by surprise and avenge her humiliation. Which way will Sarika take? Written by Calista

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Release Date:

24 February 2004 (Kuwait) See more »

Also Known As:

Ek Hasina Thi See more »

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INR 80,000,000 (estimated)
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Surprisingly good
9 August 2006 | by Maciste_BrotherSee all my reviews

Though EK HASINA THI will never be considered a great classic I was pleasantly surprised that this Bollywood thriller was better than expected. The story is sorta hokey and the acting is campy but what's fun is how entertaining it was. Very few films today are entertaining, per se, so you can imagine how unexpected it was to see an entertaining thriller from Bollywood.

EK HASINA THI is not your typical Bollywood movie: there's no musical numbers, the violence is realistic and it looks modern enough. What's amazing is EK HASINA THI succeeds were many Hollywood produced films fail. Films like KILLING ME SOFTLY, which made me laugh nonstop, looks like a complete joke compared to EK HASINA THI.

Saif Ali Khan gives a good performance but the movie belongs to Urmila Matondkar, who is over-the-top and yet believable, which is amazing. There's a good balance of craziness, campiness and seriousness in her performance. Kudos to Urmila for giving such a memorable performance and basically making the film for what it is. Credit should also go to the director in creating such a fun film.


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