|Created by Cinevistaas Limited|
Creative director(s) Siddharth Malhotra
|Written by Sameer Arora|
|Genre Suspense thriller
Starring Sanjeeda Sheikh Vatsal Sheth Simone Singh Ayub Khan
Opening theme "Ek Hasina Thi" by Sunidhi Chauhan
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 getting replaced by Tu Mera Hero. Produced by Prem Krishen, Ek Hasina Thi is loosely based on the American series Revenge. The series has Sanjeeda Sheikh and Vatsal Sheth as leads, and, Simone Singh and Ayub Khan in supportive roles. The show is set in Kolkata, but is filmed in Mumbai. The series was earlier titled Daag.The show was acclaimed by critics and viewer and it was one of the most successful show of Star Plus at that time.Sanjeeda Sheikh and Simone Singh's performance has been lauded.
It was dubbed into various languages: into 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".
The plot opens with Durga Thakur (Sanjeeda Sheikh), an ambitious and confident young woman who has recently returned from the United States and encounters with Goenka family who are the crème de la crème in Kolkata. Rajnath (Ayub Khan) and Sakshi Goenka (Simone Singh) are the parents of Shaurya Goenka (Vatsal Sheth), a very good-looking spoiled brat and a womanizer who is besotted by Durga. After talking with his friends, they decide that Shaurya has to win Durga for a bet for a one-night stand and he is willing to go to any extent for it. Durga, however, has some other plans and is the caretaker of Payal Mitra (Teena Chopra), a mental patient who has a mysterious past with Goenka family and loses her mental equilibrium whenever she sees Shaurya. Shaurya and Durga go on a series of dates and spends maximum of their time together upsetting Sakshi. Sakshi feels restless near Durga because Durga has a growing influence on Shaurya, who does not consciously realizes this fact. Also, Sakshi speculates that everytime Durga is near her son he gets in some kind of trouble.
It is revealed that Durga is actually Nitya (Aditi Sajwan) who got her face changed through a plastic surgery operation after she was hit by the car of Dr. Dayal Thakur (Bhupinder Singh). Through a series of flashbacks, it is revealed that two years ago, Shaurya and his friends had raped Payal to avenge Nitya. The sisters (Nitya and Payal) lost the case against Shaurya as all of the proofs and witnesses were in Shaurya's favor. Now, Durga has come to seek revenge. Later on, Dev (Bhuvnesh Mann), Shaurya's cousin, returns from America to know about the happenings two years ago.
After a series of events, Durga realizes that Dev is in love with Nitya, but keeping her objective (to destroy Goenka family) in her mind, she distances herself from Dev. To get closer to her revenge, Durga creates a situation where Shaurya professes his love for her by faking a suicide attempt. Durga and Shaurya get engaged to each other but Durga and her dad orders Akash (Mihir Mishra), Sakshi's employee (actually Durga's companion who was spying on Sakshi), to hire some goons to paralyze Shaurya in which they succeed.
The two are to get married but Shaurya walks out of the marriage on wedding day due to his mom's extreme manipulations. To impede further insult, Sakshi suggests Dev's name as the bridegroom but Dev refuses to marry Durga. Dr. Thakur gives Dev an offer of faking a marriage with Durga and in return he will tell him the whereabouts of Nitya to which Dev agrees; and the two pretend to be married. Meanwhile, Rajnath impersonates Akram Rehmat Khan (aka Akash), Sakshi's step-son, to get the video tape (revealing 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 to coma. 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.
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 apparently convicts Shaurya and Karan. However, the show has an open ending with Shaurya calling Durga hence demonstrating that he was never in jail; as Durga was not successful in getting revenge on the Goenka family. The last scene ends with Durga hearing Shaurya whistle.