Dacait (1987)


Dacait (1987)

Arjun Yadav return from the city after completing his studies to get settled in his village with his family consisting of his mother Devi Chaudaran, his older brother Amrit and sister. Arjun finds out that Amrit and Thakur Bhanwar Singh does not get along quiet well and attempts to be a peace-maker between the two. One day situation takes a turn for the worse when Amrit is killed, Devi Chaudaran loses her senses, Arjun's sister is raped and he himself is beaten and tied to a tree. Arjun is then rescued by some sympathetic villagers and run off with his childhood friend Makan Malla in the deep ravines only to turn an outlaw whose only motive is to avenge the killings of his family members.
IMDb  6.6 /10
Director Rahul Rawail
Writer Javed Akhtar
Release Date1987-04-10
Runtime2h 38mins
GenreAction, Drama
Content RatingNot Rated (Not Rated)
CompanyRahul Theatre
Arjun's Mother (as Raakhee)
Arjun Yadav
Javli (as Meenakshi Seshadhadri)
Amritlal Yadav
Thakur Bhanwar Singh
Bighu chacha
S.P. Srivastava
Badri Singh
Amritlal's wife
Ahmed (as Satyajit)
Vishnu Pandey (thanedar)
Anita Kanwar
Anita Kanwar
Dr. Geeta (as Aneeta Kanwar)
H.L. Pardesi
H.L. Pardesi


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.

The Chambal ravine or "beehad" (Hindi-बीहड़) in Bhind and Morena 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".


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


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 reception

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

External links

  • Dacait on IMDb
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