Masoom (1983 film)

Masoom (lit. 'The Innocent') is the directorial debut of filmmaker Shekhar Kapur.[1] It is an adaptation of the 1980 novel Man, Woman and Child by Erich Segal which was also adapted into a Malayalam movie Olangal and an American movie Man, Woman and Child.[2][3] The film stars Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi in lead roles along with Tanuja, Supriya Pathak and Saeed Jaffrey. It features Jugal Hansraj, Aradhana and Urmila Matondkar as child actors. The screenplay, dialogues and lyrics are by Gulzar with music by R.D. Burman. The film has been remade into a Telugu movie named Illalu Priyuralu.

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Directed byShekhar Kapur
Produced byChanda Dutt
Devi Dutt
Screenplay byGulzar
Based onMan, Woman and Child
by Erich Segal
StarringNaseeruddin Shah
Shabana Azmi
Jugal Hansraj
Urmila Matondkar
Music byR D Burman
CinematographyPravin Bhatt
Edited byAruna Raje
Vikas Desai
Distributed byBombino Video Pvt. Ltd.
Release date
  • October 21, 1983 (1983-10-21)
Running time
165 minutes


Indu (Shabana Azmi) and DK (Naseeruddin Shah) have a happy marriage and two daughters — Pinky and Minni — and live in Delhi. The tranquility of their life is interrupted when DK receives word that he has a son, the result of an affair with Bhavana (Supriya Pathak) during his 1973 visit to Nainital when his wife Indu was about to give birth to their first child Pinky (Urmila Matondkar). Bhavana did not tell DK about their son as she did not want to disturb DK's matrimonial life. Now that she has died, her guardian Masterji sends word to DK informing him that his son, Rahul (Jugal Hansraj), who is nine years old, needs a home. Despite the objections of Indu, who is devastated to learn of her husband's infidelity, DK brings the boy to stay with them in Delhi. Rahul is never told that DK is his father as he bonds with DK and his daughters. But Indu can't bear to look at him, a tangible reminder of DK's betrayal.

DK, worried by the effect Rahul is having on his family, decides to put him in a boarding school in St. Joseph's College, Nainital; Rahul accepts with reluctance. After gaining admission at the school and returning to Delhi before his permanent move to Nainital, Rahul figures out that DK is his father and runs away from home. After he is escorted home by a police officer, Rahul confesses his awareness of the identity of his father to Indu. Indu is unable to bear his heartbreak and intercepts Rahul before he is put on the train to Nainital, thereby accepting him into the family and wholeheartedly forgiving DK, after which they drive home happily.



The music of the movie was composed by R. D. Burman and the lyrics were penned by the noted lyricist Gulzar who also wrote the screenplay for the film. Burman won the Filmfare Award for Best Music for this film.

1."Do Naina Aur Ek Kahani"Aarti Mukherjee05:26
2."Huzur Is Kadar"Suresh Wadkar, Bhupindra Singh03:53
3."Tujhse Naraz Nahin Zindagi (male)"Anup Ghoshal05:41
4."Tujhse Naraz Nahin Zindagi (female)"Lata Mangeshkar03:37
5."Lakdi Ki Kaathi"Vanita Mishra, Gauri Bapat, Gurpreet Kaur03:57


Year Award Category Nominee Result
1984 Filmfare Award Best Film Critics Masoom Won
1984 Filmfare Award Best Actor Naseeruddin Shah Won
1984 Filmfare Award Best Music Director R.D. Burman Won
1984 Filmfare Award Best Lyricist Gulzar for "Tujhse Naraaz Nahin" Won
1984 Filmfare Award Best Female Playback Singer Aarti Mukherji for "Do Naina Ek Kahani" Won
1984 Filmfare Award Best Film Masoom Nominated
1984 Filmfare Award Best Director Shekhar Kapur Nominated
1984 Filmfare Award Best Actress Shabana Azmi Nominated


  1. ^ "Shekhar Kapur - Biography". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 January 2012.
  2. ^ a b Vickey Lalwani (7 February 2014). "Mini from Shekhar Kapur's Masoom traced in Delhi". The Times of India. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Children's Day: Seven films to bring out the innocent child in you". CNN-IBN. 14 November 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2014.

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