Masoom (1983 film)

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For the 1996 film, see Masoom (1996 film).
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Directed by Shekhar Kapur
Produced by Chanda Dutt
Devi Dutt
Screenplay by Gulzar
Based on Man, Woman and Child 
by Erich Segal
Starring Naseeruddin Shah
Shabana Azmi
Music by R D Burman
Cinematography Pravin Bhatt
Edited by Aruna Raje
Vikas Desai
Distributed by Bombino Video Pvt. Ltd.
Release dates
  • 1983 (1983)
Running time
165 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

Masoom (Hindi: मासूम, meaning "The Innocent") is a 1983 Indian drama film and directorial debut of critically acclaimed filmmaker Shekhar Kapur.[1] An adaptation of Man, Woman and Child, 1980 novel by Erich Segal.[2][3] the film is a coming-of-age story starring 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 written by Gulzar and the music is contributed by R.D. Burman.

Shekhar Kapur, the director of the movie, went on to make several other internationally acclaimed movies like Bandit Queen, Mr. India and Elizabeth.

This is a remake of a 1982 Malayalam film Olangal.


Indu (Shabana Azmi) and DK (Naseeruddin Shah) have a happy marriage and two daughters — Rinky and Minni — and live in Delhi. The tranquility of their life is shattered when DK receives word that he has a son from a short-term affair with Bhavana (Supriya Pathak) during his visit to Nainital when his wife Indu was about to give birth to their first child Rinky. Bhavana did not tell DK about this since she did not want to disturb his life. Now that she is dead, her guardian Masterji sends word to DK in Delhi saying that the boy, Rahul (Jugal Hansraj), who is eight years old, needs a home. Despite the objections of Indu, who is devastated to learn of her husband's infidelity, the boy comes to stay with them in Delhi. Rahul is never told that DK is his father. Rahul 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 that 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 onto the train to Nainital, thereby accepting him into the family and wholeheartedly forgiving DK.



Lyrics for all songs of Masoom were penned by Gulzar and music was composed by R.D. Burman.[4]

No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Do Naina Aur Ek Kahani"   Aarti Mukherjee 05:26
2. "Huzur Is Kadar"   Bhupinder Singh, Suresh Wadkar 03:53
3. "Tujhse Naraz Nahin Zindagi (male)"   Anup Ghoshal 05:41
4. "Tujhse Naraz Nahin Zindagi (female)"   Lata Mangeshkar 03:37
5. "Lakdi Ki Kaathi"   Vanita Mishra, Gauri Bapat, Gurpreet Kaur 03:57


Year Award Category Recipient Result
1984 Filmfare Award Best Film Critics 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 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 Jan 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Vickey Lalwani (Feb 7, 2014). "Mini from Shekhar Kapur's Masoom traced in Delhi". The Times of India. Retrieved 2014-09-07. 
  3. ^ "Children's Day: Seven films to bring out the innocent child in you". CNN-IBN. November 14, 2012. Retrieved 2014-09-07. 
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