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For the 1996 film, see Masoom (1996 film).
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DVD cover
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 by Gulzar with music by R.D. Burman. The film is a remake of the 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 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 Rinky. 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.



Lyrics for all songs 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 Nominee 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 (7 February 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. 14 November 2012. Retrieved 2014-09-07. 
  4. ^ http://www.saregama.com/album/masoom_106556

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