Masoom was the Shekhar Kapur debut film, which was based on American movie Man, Woman and Child by Erich Segal, Produced by Chanda Dutt and Devi Dutt under Bombino Video Pvt. Ltd, Editing was done by Aruna Raje and Vikas Desai, Pravin Bhatt has handled the cinematography.
Shabana Azmi and Naseeruddin Shah in the lead role with supporting cast Jugal Hansraj, Urmila Matondkar, Supriya Pathak, Archana Srivastava, Tanuja, Saeed Jaffrey, Satish Kaushik, and Paidi Jairaj
It was released on 22 October 1982, later it was remade in Telugu as Illalu Priyuralu.
R.D Burman has composed the music with beautiful Lyrics given by Gulzar, the album has consist of five songs, all songs are very popular.
The film’s won five Filmfare Awards for Best Film Critics, Best Actor to Naseeruddin Shah, Best Music Director to R.D Burman, Best Lyrics to Gulzar, and Best Female Playback Singer to Aarti Mukherji.
Naseeruddin Shah’s a complex role that has a mixture of guilt feelings, love, regret, and responsibility, was outstanding, Shabana Azmi is exceptional as Indu. Her role requires both toughness and Azmi to display such feelings as anger, despair, indifference, remorse, and compassion skilfully. The Kids also act very well and a boy as Rahul was absolutely adorable, Tanuja and Saeed Jefferey also make a remarkable job in their small roles.
The movie story was about Dk (Naseeruddin Shah) and Indu (Shabana Azmi) happily married couple, they have blessed with two daughters, It’s very apparent he loves his wife a lot, but the emotion he shows for Supriya Pathak, the woman he met during the school reunion, from whom he has a son but did not know till now, one day he comes to know about his son and his mother is dead afterward DK informs Indu that he has a little kid named Rahul, Indu is still shocked to know that she was betrayed and the presence of the kid only worsens the situation while the remaining as to how Indu deals with this sad reality of her life and whether she accepts Rahul to be a part of the family or not.
The movie shows how in Indian societies hard cold wars between couples, how they deal with various issues with their children, how they feel for children, how the kids feeling.