By Dhwani Mody
The much-delayed yet much-awaited Ek Hasina Thi finally went on air on April 14. The show has a powerful star cast comprising Sanjeeda Sheikh, Simone Singh, Ayub Khan and Vatsal Sheth, in pivotal roles. Earlier named Daag, the title was later changed to Ek Hasina Thi. Also what is interesting is that Sunidhi Chauhan has sang for the show’s title track.
Though nothing like the usual run-of-the-mill television soaps, the show is about Durga Thakur (Sanjeeda Sheikh) wanting to seek justice for sister Payal, who was raped by an arrogant, rich brat Shaurya (Vatsal Sheth). Shaurya’s family, the Goenkas, own an extremely powerful business house in Kolkata and because of his family’s clout, he was given a clean chit by the court in the rape case, thus making Payal lose her mental balance. Two years after the incident Durga and her father go to Kolkata to seek revenge against Shaurya and his family. As the show is set in Kolkata, the ambiance and bungalows give a feel of being in the city of joy.
The USP of the show is the fast-paced, gripping storyline and the immensely-talented star cast. But the characters seem edgy most of the time which doesn’t look very convincing and the performance of the lead actors is not standing out as yet.
The recent episode where Navin Mathur (Amit Behl), a close aide of the Goenka’s gets arrested by the police, though the twist in the episode was well thought of but the performance of the lead actors Sheikh and Sheth did not come across very convincingly. The entire episode, Sheikh was seen adjusting her over-sized spectacles as she is dressed as a journalist, thus distracting the flow. Sheth, also, is seen mouthing just a couple of dialogues and giving some random expressions.
However, the most interesting and powerful performance is by Simone Singh. Her attitude and elegance comes across distinctly in her character of Sakshi Goenka. Singh is back on small screen after a long time since Heena. Her long break on the television has definitely not impacted her performance. In fact, her character is the most powerful and well-sketched.
Rajnath Goenka (Ayub Khan) complements his wife Sakshi perfectly as he is shown to be a bit subtle yet powerful. Like Singh’s, his role too is well-sketched and projected with ease. And like every dominating wife, it is clearly visible that Sakshi has a better say, when it comes to taking important decisions, in both personal and professional matters than Rajnath. Vatsal, who has grown up since his Just Mohabbat days, lacks the edginess, both in terms of looks and performance. He is the antagonist around whom the story revolves and he needs to get his act right. Sanjeeda looks very pretty and although her character is layered, it is not coming across in her performance.
Personally I think, the show is well-scripted and has the ability to make a mark but the fact remains that the lead actors will have to put in a lot of effort to make their characters look convincing and believable. The settings, makeup and clothes are the main highlights and strong base of the show. Also the new addition of Mihir Mishra is bound to bring in some new twists and turns in the story which will be a delightful experience for the viewers. The character of Sanjeeda justifies the tittle completely.
Verdict: Good attempt and easy to watch. However, the lead actors have to do better.