There may be no progress in Shekhar Kapur's long-in-the-planning ambitious project, 'Paani', but speculation about a remake of his directorial debut, 'Masoom' (1983) is doing the rounds again. The Naseeruddin Shah-Shabana Azmi classic was a desi retelling of Erich Segal's bestseller 'Man, Woman and Child'.

A still from Masoom and (inset) Shekhar Kapur
A still from 'Masoom' and (inset) Shekhar Kapur

Says a source, "When Kapur visited a city college last year, several students requested him to make Masoom's sequel. After giving it some thought, he decided to develop a script. He even tweeted about his intentions to make the sequel."

Kapur's post read: "'Mr India 2' or 'Masoom 2'? Just come out from an amazing interaction with students. Clamouring for a sequel. Equal votes. How would u vote? (sic)."

While the director remained unavailable for comment, a source close to him confirms that 'Masoom 2' is in the works. "The scripting is underway; nothing else has been finalised so far. An official announcement only after the casting and other logistics are worked out," adds the source.