In "Masoom"( The Innocent) the peaceful life of a couple is shattered by the arrival of a small boy, the illegitimate son of the husband. The film is a recycled version of "Kramer Vs Kramer" and Shekhar Kapoor handles the plot quite skillfully underling the sensitive aspects of human relationships. Similar to the situation in popular films, the affair between the husband and the boy's mother is shown in flashbacks with the usual floral surroundings. However, the film side-steps the thorny issue of the status of the unwed mother in middleclass society. Furthermore, the film also side-steps 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.
The child who is born of an unborn marriage stand to be a bone of contention between the father (Nasiruddin Shah) and the step-mother (Shabana Azmi). All the wrath of the wife against her husband is concentrated on the innocent boy who cannot but stand a blank witness to the persistent anguish of the family. The boy's face has been used as the mirror on which the pangs of the father and contepmt of the second mother are reflected that vent an air of an uncanny bewilderment . The child who is gifted with an aura of heavenly innocence gains a psychological maturity , as he starts fumbling for an identity of his own. But, it is the youngest member of the family, the step-sister who, by virtue of her unalloyed innocence, endears him in no time. This is an evidence that the innocents have the better skill in effecting bridgibility than the elders. It is in the last, the mother in the step-mother overpowers her abhorrence. Shabana and Nasir are,in a word, outstanding. The actual "masoom" the boy Jugal Hansraj has left such an abiding impression that even when we see him in "Paapa Kahete Hai" or "Muhabbatein" we like to unearth the "massom" in him. The film is well scripted and music by R.D Burman deserve special appreciation.