EK HASINA THI
thriller crime drama
Starring Saif Ali Khan, Urmila Matondkar, Seema biswas, Pratima Kazmi, Aditya Srivastav
Direction : Sriram Raghavan
Producer : Ram Gopal Verma
ReViewed by Akshay Shah
Ram Gopal Varma is back with yet another production! After entertaining us last year with MAIN MADHURI DIXIT BANNA CHAHTI HOON and DARNA MANAA HAI in terms of production ventures and BHOOT in terms of direction Varma is back with a flick that as always proves to be pathbreaking, new and highly orignal! The difference here is that EK HASINA THI is notches higher than any of Varmas other productions and is his BEST production to date!
film revolves around Sarika(Urmila)-a middle class girl working as a
travel agent in Mumbai. Along comes Karan(Saifali Khan)-a good
looking, charming and dashing globetrotter who sweeps Sarika off her
feet and she falls madly in love with him...
doesn't know much about what Karan does except that he is a high class
businessman....and frankly she doesn't care as she is love struck..
moments of happiness are shortlived when due to a series of incidents
she is arrested and thrown into jail for a crime she didn't commit! In
jail Sarika turns into a hardened woman and wants to erase the
memories of her sweet former self and become a strong and tough
woman...why? To seek revenge on the man who put her there in first
runs through her blood and Sarika will do anything to get Karan back!
She escapes from jail and what ensues next is a cat-n-mouse thriller
which leaves the viewer breathless! Who is Karan? Whats his real
occupation? Does Sarika get her revenge? EK HASINA THI provides the
terms of a story the film has similarities to many films such as
Mahesh Bhatts GUMRAH(Sridevi/Sanjay Dutt), DOUBLE JEOPARDY(Ashley
Judd/Tommy Lee Jones) and Raakesh Roshans KHOON BHARI MAANG(Rekha/Kabir
Bedi) yet the film is definetly NOT a remake of any of these. The
entire manner in which EK HASINA THI has been made is completely
orignal and the film boasts of one of the best screenplays i have seen
in a LONG time as it leaves the viewer completely gapefaced and
doesn't even give them time to breath!
a director Sriram Raghavan deserves a 10/10! I find it miraculous that
this is his debut film and not since Farhan Akhtar in DIL CHAHTA HAI
have i seen such a brilliant piece of work from a newcomer. No doubt
Sriram Raghavan has been training under Varmas wing for a while and
the effort clearly shows onscreen. Taking into account all the films
from Varmas camp this has to be (arguably)the best product from there
since SATYA! Only SHOOL comes close IMO!
the first frame to the last Raghavan is completely in charge of whats
happening never letting the pace drop. The tense filled moments, the
characters, the dialogues, the action sequences all have been handled
with utmost perfection. The first half of the movie is FLAWLESS. The
second half does tend to slip in the middle as it starts losing a bit
of tension but just as you sit back the tensions starts up again never
letting up right to the end. The climax of the movie is FANTASTIC and
completely in sync with the movie. KUDOS TO SRIRAM RAGHAVAN and
WELCOME TO BOLLYWOOD!
Khan delivers his best performance to date as Karan Rathod! Hes been
improving with each film since DIL CHAHTA HAI with KAL HO NA HO and
LINE OF CONTROL reaffirming the fact that he is the most underrated
Khan and a volcano of talent waiting to be tapped. Khan in a negative
role is spectacular! He gets into the skin of his character with ease
and is extremely convincing in his role combining his boyish good
looks with a cutting killer edge! Saif springs a huge surprise in the
action sequences I was completely blown away in the scenes where he
fights the gangsters in the second half. AN AWARD WINNING performance
and the years best IMO with competition only from Big Bs performance
in KHAKEE. Mark my words...when the year 2004 is over Saif Ali Khan
will still be remembered for EK HASINA THI!
Mantondkar delivers yet another award winning stint and i wouldnt
expect any less from her. Last year alone she delivered three
BRILLIANT performances in BHOOT, PINJAR and TEHZEEB and this year the
trend continues with EK HASINA THI. As Sarika Urmila delivers a
complex and diffcult role with utmost ease. From the innocent, sweet
girl to the hardened , scroned woman lusting for revenge Urmila goes
through the motions in the most emmaculate manner. Is this her best
performance to date? IMO a tossup between this and PINJAR!
The supporting cast don't have much scope to perform as the two principal leads take most of the screentime but are superb in their roles.
Biswas as a police officer is great. She gives a sincere performance
and although she doesn't have many lines to mouth she expresses a lot
through her eyes. Pratima
Kazmi delivers another convincing performance after YEH DIL and WAISA
BHI HOTA HAI PART 2. She is best suited to these sorts of roles. Aditya
Srivastav is apt in his role of a lawyer.
the film is one that sets standards! Varmas films have a penchant for
being technically brilliant a notch above most other Bollywood
products and EK HASINA THI is no different. Camerawork by C.K
Murlidharan is brilliant and he effectively captures the ambience of
the film throughout. The snazzy action sequences, the jump and cut
camera shots or the chase sequences-EK HASINA THI is a slick product
Mohiles background score elevates the film to a certain degree and is
ace. Ditto for Dwarak Warriers sound engineering.
up where does that leave EK HASINA THI? A modern day classic IMO and
the best film of 2004(Followed very closely by KHAKEE)
9.3 outta 10
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