Masoom is an uncredited adaptation of Erich Segal’s novel Man, Woman and Child, about a married man discovering that he has a son with another woman. Debutant director Shekhar Kapur transplanted the story to Delhi.
Shekhar posted on Twitter that when he made Masoom, he had no knowledge of filmmaking. He had never learnt or assisted anyone. He said: It was pure instinct. His instincts served him well. Masoom was released in 1983 – the year’s biggest hit was the loud, gaudy Himmatwala. But Masoom, with its realistic textures, nuanced performances and insightful narrative, seems to have sprung from some other filmmaking universe. The writing by Gulzar and music by R. D Burman is brilliant.
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