Masoom (1983)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 23 mins

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Marital melodrama featuring Shah as D.K. Malhotra, living happily with his wife Indu (Azmi) and their two daughters, Rinky and Minnie, when a boarding school asks him to come and fetch his son. Replying that he has no son, he later realises that the boy Rahul (Hansraj) is the fruit of a brief affair he had with the terminally ill Bhavna (Pathak). Unbeknown to D.K., Bhavna had raised the child. Now she is dead and D.K. and his wife are forced to adopt the boy, shattering the couple’s peaceful life. Indu finally accepts the boy and D.K. at last has a male child in his family. Kapur’s glossy directing debut benefits by the children’s uninhibited performances which endeared the film to a predominantly urban middle-class audience. Although the film addresses the question of illegitimacy in a humane manner, it also sidesteps the knottier aspects of the problem by making the illegitimate child a boy and by requiring the wife to accept the fruit of her husband’s infidelity rather than the other way around.
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Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi

Crew: Shekhar Kapur (Director), Pravin Bhatt (Director of Photography), Rahul Dev Burman (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Drama, Family, Musical

Release Dates: 18 Jan 1983 (India)

Tagline: Can this boy destroy your family?

Hindi Name: मासूम

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Did you know? The film is dedicated to the memories of the late Guru Dutt and the late Geeta Dutt. Read More
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as D.K. Malhotra (DK)
as Indu Malhotra
as Rahul
as Master Ji
Supporting Actor
as Suri
as Tiwary Ji
as Bhavana
as Chanda
as Pinky






Screenplay Writer
Dialogue Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


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Can this boy destroy your family?
Movie Connection(s):
Reference: Table No. 21 (Hindi)
Referenced in: Amar Akbar Anthony (Hindi)
Referenced in: Karz (Hindi)
Referenced in: Sholay (Hindi)
Remake of: Olangal (Malayalam)
In the scene where D.K. is shown at the Old Boys Meet in Nainital, the song being played in the background is "Have A Cigar" from the 1975 Pink Floyd album "Wish You Were Here", but earlier it is revealed that the meet was held in 1973.
The film is dedicated to the memories of the late Guru Dutt and the late Geeta Dutt.

Gulzar makes a guest appearance in the film.

The film marked Jugal Hansraj's debut as a child actor.

The film is an adaptation of the 1980 novel Man, Woman and Child by Erich Segal.