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This article is about the 2014 TV series. For the 2004 film, see Ek Hasina Thi (film).
Ek Hasina Thi
GenreSuspense thriller
Crime drama
Created byCinevistaas Limited
Written bySameer Arora
Aparna Nadig
Creative director(s)Siddharth Priyadarshi
StarringSanjeeda Sheikh
Vatsal Sheth
Simone Singh
Ayub Khan
Opening theme'Ek Hasina Thi' by Sunidhi Chauhan[1]
Country of originIndia
Original language(s)Hindi(primary)
Bengali and English(minor)
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes216[2]
Producer(s)Prem Krishen
Production location(s)Kolkata(setting)
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time20 minutes
Original networkStar PlusUrdu 1
Picture format576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release14 April –
20 December 2014
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Ek Hasina Thi (English: There was a beautiful woman) is a Crime thriller television series created by Cinevistaas Limited for the channel Star Plus from 14 April 2014 to 20 December 2014.[3] Produced by Prem Krishen, Ek Hasina Thi is loosely based on the American series Revenge.[4] The series has Sanjeeda Sheikh, Bhuvnesh Mann and Vatsal Sheth as leads, and, Simone Singh and Ayub Khan in supportive roles.[5] The show is set in Kolkata, but is filmed in Mumbai.[6] The series was earlier titled Daag.[4]The show was acclaimed by critics and viewer and it was one of the most successful show of Star Plus at that time.Simone Singh's performance has been lauded.[7][8][9][10]

It was dubbed into various languages: into Tamil and Telugu as 'Durga', into Malayalam as 'Oru shishirathinte ormakku' and into Arabic as 'Laheeb Al-Huqd / لهيب الحقد' (English: Flames of hatred) on MBC Bollywood.It was also dubbed into Sinhala as 'Sulanga wage avidin'.[11][12]

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Ek hasina thi is a story about a rich,educated and confident, young woman Durga Thakur, known to be heavenly beautiful and drop dead gorgeous.Durga lives a luxurious lifestyle and is a fashionista, with incredible fashion. She encounters the Goenka family and the youngest son of the family, Shaurya. Shaurya is a goodlooking spoilt brat who comes from a rich family and he's not used to hearing no for an answer. Shaurya is attracted to Durga which later turns into much more when his friends challenges Shaurya. He now wants to win the beautiful Durga for a bet he made with his friends. Shaurya's clever parents Sakshi and Rajnath Goenka always stands by his side no matter what he does. Shaurya and Durga starts spending most of their time together as they go on a series of dates all around the city. Sakshi Goenka slowly notices Durga’s influence on his son and how subconsciously he is getting more and more into her influence. Furthermore, Shaurya’s reputation slowly gets tainted and she starts to doubt Durga’s hand on it. Indeed Durga is actually Nitya Mitra who wants revenge for her sister Payal Mitra, a mental patient whom

Shaurya and his friends had raped 2 years ago. She wanted justice for her sister go but Sakshi and Rajnath had bribed all the witnesses so Nitya lost the case. This had made Payal go mad and her parents commit suicide. However Nitya still didn't give up and threatened Goneka's that she will make them pay for what they did. The Goneka's got scared and tried to kill Nitya in an accident in which she lost her face and needed to immediately be cured with the help of a surgery that would change her face. Dr. Dayal Thakur had found her and gave her the face of his dead daughter Durga.

Now Nitya is back as Durga Thakur and wants revenge from the Goenka family. She and Dayal start to destroy everyone who had made her suffer. However her problems increase when Dev, Shaurya's cousin and the Goenka family’s eldest son returns from America. He was Nitya's best friend and had secretly loved her. Now he wants to find out where Nitya is and what happened to her and her family while he was gone. This tenses Durga as she doesn't want her real identity to come out.

After a series of events, Durga realises that Dev loves Nitya and that she loves him too. But she pretends to love Shaurya and decides to marry him so that she can get in the Goenka house and destroy the whole family. As Shaurya doesn't really love her but just wants to win the bet, he takes her on a trip but Durga had already planned what to do. She made her spy, Akash, hired some goons who terribly attack Shaurya. This leaves Shaurya paralysed under the waist. Sakshi doubts Durga for doing this and is shocked when Durga is still ready to marry him.

Dayal and Durga hire a fake pandit to perform the wedding as the whole wedding is only a trap for the Goenkas. On the day of the wedding,Shaurya rejects Durga as he had been manipulated that he can't make a good husband, by Sakshi and his friend Karan. Sakshi then tells Dev that he should marry her instead. This leaves both Durga and Dev in shock and they refuse. But then Dayal tells Durga that she can still get into the Goenka house if she marries Dev. Dayal also tells Dev that Nitya is alive and he will bring Nitya to him on her Birthday if he marries Durga. They decide to marry (fake wedding).But all this was Sakshi's plan as she didn't want Shaurya and Durga to marry. However she thinks that Nitya is alive and that Durga is connected to all the destruction happening after she came so she wanted Durga to be near her so that she can find out the truth about Durga. Shaurya gets jealous of Dev.

Meanwhile, Rajnath impersonates Akram Rehmat Khan (aka Akash), Sakshi's step-son, to get the video tape which reveals that Rajnath shot his brother Arnav, Dev's father through which Sakshi blackmailed Rajnath to marry her, killing her husband Rehmat Khan who was the only witness of the incident, to clear all the obstacles.

Things take a turn when Sakshi learns that Raj and her best friend, Raima (Kishwar Merchant) are having an affair. Sakshi confronts and shoots Raima in which she goes tocoma. Sakshi frames Dev for the murder. Because of the fear that Raima will testify against her in the court, she bribes a nurse to change her medicines which will worsen her health. Durga tries to prove Dev innocent and he eventually gets acquitted from the murder. In the meantime, Shaurya finds out that D. Thakur was involved in his paralysis attack, and shoots him. This provokes Durga for her revenge, in which she tries to create rift between Goenka family in which she doesn't succeed.

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Sakshi fakes Shaurya's death in an accident which is executed successfully. Shaurya tracks down Payal and kills Akash and Rishi in the process; however, it turns out that they are alive. Having strong evidence against Goenka family, Durga gets the family arrested. The judge convicts Shaurya and Karan. However, the show has an open ending with Shaurya calling Durga hence demonstrating that he was never in jail. The last scene ends with Durga hearing Shaurya whistle.

Cast and characters[edit]

Among the cast members, Singh's portrayal of Sakshi Goenka has been appreciated. A review carried by The Indian Express noted that 'her attitude and elegance comes across distinctly in her character'.[4]
  • Sanjeeda Sheikh portrays Durga Thakur / Nitya Mitra, Payal's elder sister. The real Durga is in fact dead, Nitya Mitra had a facial plastic surgery under the supervision of Dr. Thakur (father of the real Durga Thakur and Nitya's adoptive father). She wants revenge from the Goenka family for ruining her and her sister's life. (Main Female Lead) [13]
  • Vatsal Sheth portrays Shaurya Goenka, the main male & antagonist. A rich goodlooking, womanizing heir of Goenka family. Being under the influence of his family, he can get anything he want and is not used to hear the word 'no'. He is the rapist of Payal and ex-fiance of Durga. [14]
  • Simone Singh portrays Sakshi Goenka, the main female antagonist who is beautiful, powerful and has a dynamic personality.Wife of Rajnath. She enjoys being the center of attention in Kolkata. She can go to any length to protect her two children—Shaurya and Kangana—her only weakness.[15][16][17]
  • Ayub Khan portrays Rajnath Goenka, the second male antagonist who is extremely ambitious and ruthless man who is amongst the elite in Kolkata business and social circles. Husband of Sakshi. To maintain his social status, he can go to any length.[18][19]
  • Bhuvnesh Mann portrays Dev Goenka, the cousin of Shaurya, best friend of Nitya. He comes back from US to find out what happened 2 years back.
  • Aditi Sajwan portrays Nitya Mitra, the best friend and lover of Dev, Payal's Elder Sister. (Before facial plastic surgery)[20]
  • Kishwar Merchant portrays Raima Maheshwari, the best friend of Sakshi who has an extramarital relationship with her husband, Rajnath.[21]
  • Jyoti Gauba portrays Suchitra Goenka, the mother of Dev who is a kind-hearted woman and believes in social work.[22]
  • Poonam Preet portrays Kangana Rajnath Goenka, the only daughter of Goenka family. The character is inspired from the Indian actress Kangana Ranaut's role in the 2014 comedy-dramaQueen.[23]
  • Mihir Mishra portrays Akram Rehmat Khan / Akash Roy, the step-son of Sakshi whose father was killed by her. Akram Rehmat Khan returns as Akash Roy to seek revenge on Sakshi and is accompanied by Durga in his revenge.[24]
  • Teena Chopra portrays Payal Mitra, Nitya's younger Sister who was raped by Shaurya and his friends.
  • Vicky Arora portrays Karan Basu
  • Vikram Singh Chauhan portrays Rishi
  • Aliraza Namdar portrays Girish Basu
  • Bhupinder Singh portrays Dr. Dayal Thakur
  • Amit Behl portrays Navin Mathur, the loyal man of Goenka family who is accused of betrayal and is jailed.[25]
  • Aamir Ali portrays Dr. Neil Bhattacharya. Ali made a special appearance; he portrayed Neil who has a false engagement with Durga.[26][27][28]
  • Vin Rana portrays Karan Seth
  • Shalmalee Desai portrays Sagarika Ganguly, a girl whose mother is the victim of spousal abuse.[29][30]


Initially Chhavi Pandey was selected for the role of Durga Thakur but later she left the show, after this role went to Sanjeeda Sheikh.


STAR Parivaar Awards 2014
  • Most Stylish Sadasya (Male) - Vatsal Sheth
  • Most Stylish Sadasya (Female) - Sanjeeda Sheikh[31]
Indian Telly Awards 2014
  • Best Actress in a Negative Role - Simone Singh[a]
Indian Television Academy Awards 2014
  • Best Series - Drama - Ek Hasina Thi
  • Best Actor in a Negative Role - Ayub Khan
  • Best Actress in a Negative Role - Simone Singh
  • Gr8! Performer of the Year (Female) - Sanjeeda Sheikh
  • Nominated for Best Actor (Male) - Vatsal Sheth[33]



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  2. ^'Ek Hasina Thi - 20th December 2014'. Star Plus. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  3. ^'Star Plus to replace 'Meri Bhabhi' with 'Ek Hasina Thi''. afaqs!. 31 March 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  4. ^ abc'Ek Hasina Thi / Needs to be more convincing'. The Indian Express. 9 May 2014. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  5. ^Ankita R Kanabar; Priya Adivarekar (28 March 2014). 'Sanjeeda Sheikh to team up with Vatsal Sheth for a show'. The Indian Express. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  6. ^'I'm sure that 'Ek Hasina Thi' title track will be appreciated: Sunidhi'. IBN Live. IANS. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  7. ^'Major revamp on small screen as older shows make way for new'. Mid Day. 19 November 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  8. ^'14 TV shows get axed this year'. The Times of India. Shruti Jambhekar. 16 December 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
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  10. ^'Interesting premise, but actors fall short in much-delayed show Ek Hasina Thi'. Daily News and Analysis. Chaya Unnikrishnan. DNA. 22 April 2014. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  11. ^'Shahid MBC - Laheeb Al-Heqd (شاهد.نت - لهيب الحقد)'. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  12. ^'MBC - Laheeb Al-Heqd (لهيب الحقد- MBC Bollywood -'. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  13. ^'Story of Ek Hasina Thi is gripping: Sanjeeda Sheikh'. The Times of Indiaa. 21 March 2014. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  14. ^'Vatsal Seth on Playing the Baddie in 'Ek Hasina Thi''. India-West. 9 October 2014. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  15. ^'Simone Singh makes comeback on small screen after nine years'. NDTV India. New Delhi: Press Trust of India. 3 April 2014. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  16. ^'Had no apprehensions playing a mother to Vatsal: Simone Singh'. The Times of India. Vijaya Tiwari. 12 April 2014. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  17. ^'PICTURES: Meet Simone Singh of TV show Ek Haseena Thi'. Dainik Bhaskar. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  18. ^'Ayub Khan and Simone Singh get together after nine years'. The Times of India. Hiren Kotwani. 25 March 2014. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  19. ^'Bhuvnesh Mann to embark his journey in Ek Hasina Thi'. The Times of India. TNN. 17 May 2014. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  20. ^'Star Parivaar Awards 2014: Aamir Khan and wife Kiran look inseparable (see red carpet pics)'. India TV. 24 June 2014. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  21. ^'When dreams take flight'. The Tribune. Chandigarh. 23 August 2014. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  22. ^'Vatsal Seth's chachi in 'Ek Hasina Thi' was his Maths teacher in school'. The Times of India. Iti Shree Misra. 17 September 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  23. ^'Poonam Preet's role in 'Ek Haseena Thi' inspired by Kangna Ranaut'. Mid-Day. The Hitlist Team. 4 October 2014. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  24. ^'Mihir Mishra – The Mystery Man on Ek Hasina Thi'. The Times of India. 28 April 2014. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  25. ^'Ek Hasina Thi : Durga's secret room'. Daily News and Analysis (DNA). 2 May 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  26. ^Indo-Asian News Service (18 July 2014). 'Aamir Ali, Sanjeeda Sheikh to Romance On Screen'. Ndtv. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  27. ^'TV couple Aamir, Sanjeeda to romance on `Ek Hasina Thi` show'. Zee News. 18 July 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  28. ^IANS (18 July 2014). 'Real life couple Aamir Ali, Sanjeeda Sheikh to work together in 'Ek Hasina Thi''. IBN Live. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  29. ^''Ek Hasina Thi' is about women empowerment: Siddharth P Malhotra'. The Indian Express. Express News Service. 18 April 2014. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  30. ^'Interesting premise, but actors fall short in much-delayed show Ek Hasina Thi'. Daily News and Analysis. Chaya Unnikrishnan. DNA. 22 April 2014. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  31. ^'Star Parivaar Awards 2014: Complete List Of Winners'. Filmibeat. 25 June 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  32. ^'13th Indian Telly Awards 2014 - Winners List; Harshad, Preetika, Karan, Divyanka Shine Bright!'. Filmibeat. 20 October 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  33. ^'Indian Television Academy Awards 2014'. MSN. Retrieved 16 December 2014.

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