Here's another extremely pleasant musical trip from the Rahul Rawail-Rahul Dev Burman partnership. The best song, in my opinion, is the soft duet "maine kaha tumne suna," splendidly performed by Asha Bhosle and Suresh Wadkar. The other duet "kis kaaran naiyya" is a version of the old hit Laxmi-Pyare hit "kuchh kahta hai yeh sawan" from Mera Gaon Mera Desh. I guess Rahul Rawail wanted the old Dharmendra hit to rub off on Sunny too when he asked Pancham to compose something like that. Again, Asha and Suresh are in top form, with a lot of help from the innovative instrumentation. Dacait flopped at the b.o., and the songs too did not create any "hulla." However, apart from these two lovely duets, I would like to mention the excellent "woh teri duniya nahin" in raga Shivranjani, sung soulfully by an aging Lata Mangeshkar. This song has the feel of "o basanti pawan paagal." It seems Pancham was paying tribute to LP and Shankar Jaikishan when he composed for Dacait. The mela song "gaon mein mach gaya shor" is elevated by Kishore Kumar's superior singing. Yes, it is Kishore Kumar, not Kumar Sanu, as mentioned in the song list on the site. Shabbir Kumar comes back to the camp (after Betaab) with his solo "mere yaar ko," which remains a situational number, and can be called the weakest of the lot. I didn't pay much attention to it.
All is all, another very good experience, and I give it 4 on 5. Must mention: Dacait was one of the best recordings in stereo that T-Series came up with for Pancham. One must listen to the original soundtrack on the vinyl LP to enjoy fully. The LP also has an extra track: a fantastic piece of tandav dance music.
Dacait also featured an excellent background score. I can watch the film again only to see how well the score matches the visuals.