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

Masoom (transl. The Innocent) is a 1983 Indian Hindi-language drama film, the directorial debut of Shekhar Kapur.[1] It is an adaptation of the 1980 Erich Segal novel Man, Woman and Child, 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 and in Turkish as Bir Akşam Üstü.


Indu and DK 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, Rahul, the result of an affair with Bhavana during his 1973 visit to Nainital when his wife Indu was about to give birth to their first child Pinky. 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, 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, Bhupinder Singh03:53
3."Tujhse Naaraz Nahi 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


Award Category Nominee Result
31st Filmfare Awards Best Film Masoom Nominated
Best Film (Critics) Shekhar Kapur Won
Best Director Nominated
Best Actor Naseeruddin Shah Won
Best Actress Shabana Azmi Nominated
Best Music Director R. D. Burman Won
Best Lyricist Gulzar for "Tujhse Naraaz Nahin" Won
Best Female Playback Singer Aarti Mukherji for "Do Naina Ek Kahani" Won


  1. ^ Andrea LeVasseur (2007). "Shekhar Kapur – Biography". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on 21 October 2007. 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. Archived from the original on 7 September 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2014.