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Dacait is a 1987 Indian film directed by Rahul Rawail. It was a semi-hit earner at the box office. The movie stars Sunny Deol, Meenakshi Sheshadri, Raakhee and Raza Murad. It is based on how a simple-living guy transforms into a dacoit after being oppressed by the Zamindars of the area. The plot is based in the Chambal area, which is the confluence of three states UP, MP and Rajasthan and has been ignored for development since independence.

Directed by Rahul Rawail
Starring Sunny Deol
Meenakshi Sheshadri
Suresh Oberoi
Music by R.D. Burman
Release date
10 April 1987
Language Hindi

The Chambal ravine or "beehad" (Hindi-बीहड़) in Bhind has harboured dacoits (bandits) for centuries. In modern times, due to the old legends and rugged terrain, the labyrinthian ravines along the river were hiding places to gangs of bandits led by colourful figures like Man Singh, Daku Madho Singh, Dhanraj Singh Rathur (Chhibramau), Paan Singh Tomar and Phoolan Devi. The last notable dacoit, Nirbhay Gujjar, was killed in 2005. Today, a tourist lodge and other facilities promote eco-tourism there. The area is also known as the "Veer Bhoomi Chambal".



Actor Role Other
Sunny Deol Arjun Yadav
Meenakshi Sheshadri Javli Arjun's Love Interest
Raakhee Devi Chaudhrain Arjun, Amrit & Shanta's Mother
Suresh Oberoi Amrit Lal Yadav Arjun's Elder Brother
Urmila Matondkar Shanta Yadav Arjun's Sister
Satyajeet Ahmed Arjun's Friend
Raza Murad Thakur Bhanwar Singh The Landlord
Shafi Inamdar S.P. Srivastava
Paresh Rawal Vishnu Pandey Police Inspector
Harish Patel Tola Ram
Dan Dhanoa Thakur Badri Singh Bhanwar Singh's Brother
Dilshaad Amrit Lal's Wife
Anita Kanwar Doctor Geeta
A. K. Hangal Bighu Chacha Villager
Ghanshyam Rohera Police Constable


# Title Singer(s)
1 "Maine Kaha Tumne Suna" Suresh Wadkar, Asha Bhosle
2 "Gaon Mein Mach Gaya Shor" Kishore Kumar, Suresh Wadkar, Asha Bhosle
3 "Mere Yaar Ko Mere Allah" Shabbir Kumar
4 "Kis Kaaran Naiya Doli" Suresh Wadkar, Asha Bhosle
5 "Woh Teri Duniya Nahin" Lata Mangeshkar

Critical receptionEdit

Dacait is one of the films featured in Avijit Ghosh's book, 40 Retakes: Bollywood classics you may have missed.

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