Amitabh Bachchan was not the first choice for the movie "Kaalia". Director and story writer Tinu Anand first approached Dharmendra for the role. But due to some date problem the role went to Amitabh. Then Tinu approached Salim-Javed to produce the movie who wanted Vinod Khanna for that role. But by that time Amitabh was almost finalized for the lead role, so Salim Javed opted out of the project. Finally Iqbal Singh who was Dharmendra's secretary, produced the movie.