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Oftentimes some questions can be really thought-provoking, answering a lot of curiosities; but at other times, some questions can simply leave one perplexed and dazed. For DK (Nasseruddin Shah) from Masoom, it was mostly the latter case. 

DK is caught tongue-tied on numerous occasions when his illegitimate son, Rahul (Jugal Hansraj) asks him certain questions. DK has the answers to those questions, but not all questions have convincing answers, do they?

The masoom (innocent) Rahul, for no fault of his own, is caught in a whirlwind of a complex heart-wrenching situation. His mother has died, and he has no whereabouts of his father. We first meet him when DK brings Rahul to his home in his car. Rahul’s innocent deep light-brown eyes seem to speak louder than his words. He is curious and confused. He utters his first words, leaving DK answerless- “Did you know my mother?” This is just the beginning of a series of obvious yet perplexing questions which Rahul fires at DK.

At one point in the movie, Rahul and DK are seen creating innumerable memories together just before Rahul would be admitted to a boarding school in Nainital. They both climb a hill where suddenly Rahul turns to DK and says in all innocence,” Uncle, I will stay with you. Will I be able to call you Papa then?” DK is startled. He looks into Rahul’s eyes, then immediately looks away with a baffling smile, and the immortal song thus begins to play in the background- “Tujhse naraz nahi zindagi hairan hoon main…tere masoom sawalon se pareshan hoon main…” (I am not upset with you, Life; I am only surprised. I am troubled by your innocent questions.)

Rahul and DK, after climbing the hill.

While the song continues to play, the two are further seen horse-riding, camping, boating and building memories. All this leaves Rahul wanting to stay even longer, perhaps to never leave at all. Soon his admission is confirmed in the boarding school. Rahul displays a sense of utter rejection and fires another question at DK-“Why can’t I stay with you?” And the chorus of the song erupts again- “Tujhse naraz nahin…”

The song speaks for DK. It certainly does not answer his questions but gives him a musical solace. In the song, there is a close up of DK while Rahul is on his back. One can clearly see a hope in Rahul’s twinkling eyes, whereas DK is lost in a train of thoughts, as if looking for suitable answers. [The cover picture]

This one painfully beautiful musical episode from the movie is sure to leave tears gushing down from one’s eyes. There would not be just teary eyes or choked throats, but heartfelt tears for real.

DK wants his son to be his son in all respects, with no backslashing and eye-rolling from the so-called idea of ‘society’ and his wife Indu (Shabana Azmi), who has still not forgiven him for his betrayal. Rahul wants to call his father-figure ‘father’ and live with him forever.

Only some suitable questions with unsuitable answers come in the way.

[ Youtube link to the song, Tujhse Naraz Nahi Zindagi- https://youtu.be/LZ_YUOr-tYw ]

The images have been taken from Google Images.

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