The stirring movie Masoom, based on Eric Segals novel is perhaps one of the most memorable movies, I have ever seen. It was released more than two decades agobut even today as I key-in the words, I ponder and smile. This is not a review. But a reflectiona recollection of some sweet moments
Yesterday I was listening to some Gulzaar-Pancham compilations and then I heard the words Lakadi ki kathi, Kathi pe ghoda. And I just closed the book in my hands and started singing with the song on top of my lungs. Hubby started at me amazed and amused. I didnt care. I just continued, remembering those days when my sister and I would sing the song or rather perform the song together
Come to think of it, the movie was released in 1983, fast-forward to 2015 but even today that movie evokes tender feelings! I have seen the movie as a kid, one of the few movies I have seen in theater with family during those days. I still remember, my mother and aunt had taken my cousins, my sister and me to watch the movieI believe at Rahul Theater, in Pune. Oh, how I had loved the movie! I fell in love with the little boy, Jugal Hansraj as I know now. How I had hated Shabana Azmi his stepmom,I even hated his father who was played by Naserruddin Shah in the movie. And yes, I loved the two little girls, especially the younger one, she was so cute. Incidentally, the elder sister was played by current cinestar Urmila Matondkar.
Oh those memories are all coming backI had cried throughout, I had laughed throughout!
And later as a grown-up when I watched the movie yet again on Television, I had cried yet again and laughed yet again. Masoom meaning innocence is no innocent tale. Its a tale about a happy family consisting of a mother, father and two little girls Mini and Pinky. Its a tale about a sad boy, Rahul, who is almost not accepted by the family. The boy is an orphanbut not quite. He has lost his mother but not his father. The father is the man belonging to the happy family. Rahul is the result of a one night-stand. Its a tale depicting the emotions of the woman who is not his real mom, of the little boyof the maneven the little girls
Its a poignant movie, a heart-rending movie.
And the songs are equally heart-rending. Songs like Tuzse Naraj Nahi Jindagi , Do Naina , Hujoor is kadar bhee naa itaraake chaliye
and the evergreen Lakadi ki Kathi are hummed by many even today
Some of the scenes from the movie are still etched in my memory. Rahul making a wish as he watches the Tuta Tara, the shooting star. Little Minis love for chintu(Rishi Kapoor) baba, Rahul making the wooden box for Shabhana for her birthday
It is no wonder that this movie was nominated for multiple Filmfare awards and won so many. The movie was also Shekhar Kapoors first directorial venture and he received India Film Critics Award for Best Film.
I could go and on and on but I pause and I listenand my heart melts as I hear Lata croon
Tuzse naraaj naheen jindagi
Hairaan hoo main
Tere masoom sawaalon se
pareshaan hoo main.
Jaane kab gam huaa, kahaa khoyaa
yek aansoo, chhupaa ke rakhaa thaa
tuz se naaraaj …
ps: I came across Shekhar Kapoors blog on the movie.