Nowadays dacoit films are not being made. This does not mean that dacoits have disappeared. They are very much there but they are not living in Chambal any more. Today's dacoits do not sit on top of a horse with a gun wearing the costume, black tilak marked on the forehead which we are familiar with.
In the '60s, '70s and '80s, this was one genre that guaranteed and spelt sure shot success. On my research, it was found that K L Saigal played the role of a dacoit in 1934 film Daku Mansoor.
The significant dacoit film of this decade was Paan Singh Tomar released in 2012, a biopic had Irrfan Khan in the role of the bandit who was finally killed in a police encounter in 1981. Here are a few dacoits films that are worth mentioning.
The film was produced by New Theatres Ltd. Calcutta and the music director was R. C. Boral.The cast of the film included K. L. Saigal, Uma Shashi, Prithviraj Kapoor, Husnbanu, Pahari Sanyal and Nemo. Daku Mansoor was actress Husn Banu’s debut film.The film was based on a Bengali folktale and involves the dacoit Mansoor (K. L. Saigal) and his love first for Paribanu (Husn Banu), and then for Meher (Uma Sashi), and ultimately the rejection of his way of life.
It is a 1957 Hindi romantic action drama film, directed by Kishore Sahu. The film starred Kishore Sahu, Kamini Kaushal, Durga Khote, Agha, Gope and K. N. Singh. The story told in a flashback by an elderly lady (Kamini Kaushal), involves a masked man called the Black Bandit (Kishore Sahu), who robs the rich in order to help the poor peasants. The masked man turns out to be the cruel Zamindar's
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It is a 1974 Hindi film produced by Ratan Mohan and directed by S. Ali Raza. The film stars Sunil Dutt, Rekha, Iftekhar, Premnath, Jeevan, Bindu, Madan Puri, Ranjeet and Jayshree T. Raja Thakur(Sunil Dutt) is a bandit, but a bandit with a difference. He is principled, he has respect for women, and is a man of his word. So when he assures Seth Dhanraj that he will deliver his missing daughter, Sheetal, to him even if he has to sacrifice his life, one can do nothing but believe in him. Raja Thakur does find Sheetal, only now she is known as Janniya(Rekha), a dancing courtesan.
It is a 1975 Indian action-adventure film, written by Salim-Javed, directed by Ramesh Sippy, The film is about two criminals, Veeru and Jai (played by Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan, respectively), hired by a retired police officer (Sanjeev Kumar) to capture the ruthless dacoit Gabbar Singh (Amjad Khan). Hema Malini and Jaya Bhaduri also star, as Veeru and Jai's love interests, respectively. Sholay is considered a classic and one of the best Indian films. It was ranked first in the British Film Institute's 2002 poll of "Top 10 Indian Films" of all time. In 2005, the judges of the 50th Filmfare Awards named it the Best Film of 50 Years.