Masoom (Hindi: मासूम meaning "The Innocent") is a 1983 Indian film and Shekhar Kapur's first directorial venture. The critically acclaimed film starred Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Tanuja, Supriya Pathak and Saeed Jaffrey, as well as child actors Jugal Hansraj, Aradhana and Urmila Matondkar. The screenplay and dialogues were written by Gulzar and the music was contributed by R.D. Burman. The plot was broadly based on Man, Woman and Child written by Erich Segal. Shekhar Kapoor the director of the movie went on to make several other internationally acclaimed movies in the future like, Bandit Queen and Elizabeth.

ndu (Shabana Azmi) and DK (Naseeruddin Shah) have a happy marriage and have 2 daughters. The tranquility of their home is shattered when DK receives word that he has a son - early in his marriage to Indu, he had a brief affair with another woman (Supriya Pathak), who had his child but never told him. Now that she is dead, the boy, Rahul (Jugal Hansraj), is in need of a home. Despite the objections of Indu, who is devastated to learn of her husband's unfaithfulness, the boy comes to stay with them in Delhi for some time. Rahul is never told that DK is actually his father. Rahul bonds with Indu and DK's daughters - and with DK - but Indu can't bear to look at the boy, who she sees as a tangible reminder of DK's betrayal. DK, worried by the effect that Rahul is having on his family, decides to put the latter in a boarding school in St. Joseph's College, Nainital, which 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 security guard, Rahul confesses his awareness of the identity of his father to Indu. Indu is unable to bear the heartbreak of the young child and intercepts Rahul before he is put onto the train to Nainital, thereby accepting Rahul into the family and wholeheartedly forgiving DK.

Directed by Shekhar Kapur

Produced by Devi Dutt

Screenplay by Gulzar

Starring Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Supriya Pathak, Saeed Jaffrey, Jugal Hansraj, Aradhna, Urmila Matondkar as a child

Music by RD Burman

Cinematography Pravin Bhatt

Editing by Aruna Raje, Vikas Desai

Distributed by Bombino Video Pvt. Ltd.

Release date(s) 1983

Running time 165 minutes

Filmfare awards
Best actor -- Naseeruddin Shah
Best music -- R.D. Burman
Best lyrics -- Gulzar
Best female playback singer -- Aarti Mukherji

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