"Ek Hasina Thi"( There was a beautiful Girl), a story of a young woman, Sarika (Urmila Matondkar), who enacts her revenge on her lover, Karan (Saif Ali Khan), after being used and imprisoned for his criminal activities, is the first major coproduction with a Hollywood entertainment house--20th Century Fox. This gritty and dark feminist tale speaks volumes about the unputdownable wrath of woman, when she is out to retaliate. Sarika being extremely docile renders her wholehearted faith in her lover Karan, who, on the contrary, uses her as a catalyst to lighten the burden of his vices. In fact, Karan is a knave to the backbone, who prevericates to love her, marry her, displays dreams of building blissful conjugal nest with the innocent girl. Consequently, like Christabel, she has to undergo the plight of prisonship as a means of atonment for her lover. But, when the true self of Karan comes to light, the vulnerable "hasina"comes out of her beaten cloister and makes up her mind to pay the rough with the same score. Out she comes and feigns to be her sweet-heart with her true emotions enveloped in reticence. The the film takes a turn. In the underworld, which is Karan's actual domain, he gets entrapped, designed by Sarika. In the long run, Karan is brought into a cave, chained to be snapped up by mountain rats.
The director Sriram Raghavan has done a smart job. Filming is of Hollywood genre, Script is well-knitted and irrelevant things have been subtly brushed aside.
Urmila has given one the best performances of her life. Her involvement in the role is brilliant. She has wonderfully displayed her transience---from innocence to evil experience. The time when she comes back to the investigating police officer Sima Biswas, after having accomplished her retributive championship, we find her bygone self. Saif Ali Khan has brilliantly performed his negative role. He is simply dashing. His Cassanova trait has been exposed aptly. He has proved his allroundership.