I saw Masoom today for the umpteenth time. Yet the movie did not fail to move me. Throughout the movie I had tears strimming from my eyes. One of the best movies ever made. Kudos to Shekhar Kapur for making such a touching movie. Actually if u see in India amidst all the glitz and glamour and the commercial potboilers children's cinema seems to be lost, totally. A movie with so much sensitivity is very rarely made in India today. Some of the other Indian movies with kids which i absolutely love is Anjali and Parichay. (There might be more, but I havent seen any.) What i loved about this movie was there was no melodrama. Everything just seemed so natural. The family setting, lovely kids, nuances of a middle class family.......everything seemed so natural........none of the actors went over the top while acting. Subtle, beautiful acting.
I dunno if everyone reading this have seen the movie but for the uninitiated the movie deals with adultery. Naseeruddin Shah is a happy family man with his wife Shabana Azmi and his 2 kids. One day he recieves a mail wherein he comes to know that he has a son from a one-night stand he has had years ago. What follows next forms the crux of the story. The performance of Jugal Hansraj, the illegitimate child is so heart rwnehcing, ur heart goes out for him. Such a beautiful performance....u almost feel like hugging him tight and consoling him when he's in distress. The major highlight of the movie is that children are finally shown to have a mind of his own. That 3 magic words , "I Love U" can make whole of a difference to a child is so evident from the movie. The subject of adultery is dealt with a lot of sensitivity. (Gosh, how many times i have used that word, sensitivity!) After a point of time the child played by jugal hansraj takes precendence over adultery and u want everything right to happen to the child. The songs are another beauty altogether. Tujhse naraaz nahi zindagi..............wowow! I love it. People who have not watched the movie yet plzzz go and watch. trust me u wont regret it.