Tinnu Annad was chasing Amitabh Bachchan for a year to narrate his script, from studio to studio, and every time Amitabh would say not today, tomorrow, due to the fact he had a really busy schedule. Finally Tinnu had cornered Amitabh on the sets of Don and finally narrated his script. When Tinnu finished, Amitabh was silent. Tinnu said, "You don't have to tell me that you like my script because I know you like it very much." Amitabh was surprised and asked, "How do you know that? "Tinnu replied, "Before I came, a few people told me that if Amitabh Bachchan is hearing a script and he looks towards the sky and he starts stroking his hair, it means your script is rejected. I am glad you did neither while I was narrating the script.' Amitabh Bachchan liked Tinnu's confidence and signed the project.
The song "Jahan Teri Ye Nazar Hai" was filmed on the sets of Namak Halal (1982), another Amitabh Bachchan Blockbuster. This was due to financial and time constraints
Cerrones disco hit Supernature / Sweet Drums is sampled as background music in the film. The drum beats of the song appear when two goons are staring at a knocked out Parveen Babi.
Whilst filming Amitabh Bachchan wanted to change a particular dialogue, which was: 'Tu aatish-e-dozakh se darata hai jinhe hain woh aag ko pee jaate hain paani kar ke'. Director Tinnu Anand was adamant for not changing it as it was written by his father, Amitabh thought the dialogue was very inconsequential and did not want to say it. This debate got to a point where Amitabh told the director to change the actor if he didn't change the dialogue. The director was firm on his decision when Amitabh saw he was very adamant, he gave up and told the director that since he was very stubborn, Amitabh would say the dialogue. But he added if the dialogue got an applause from the audience, he would give up acting. The dialogue in fact did get an applause and Amitabh did not give up acting either.
Sanjeev Kumar was signed for Pran's role. Due to a disagreement with Tinnu Anand he opted out the following day.
" Jahan Tere Yeh Nazar " was sampled from the Iranian song " Heleh Maali" by Zia Attabay.
This was the only movie that Amitabh Bachchan and Asha Parekh featured together although not as a lead pair with the actress playing his brother's wife.
This film was Tinnu Anand's second film as director, the first was Duniya Meri Jeb Mein.
The shooting of this film had started in the year 1977, it took about 4 years to complete.
Inder Raj Anand wrote the dialogues of Kaalia. Tinnu Anand is Inder Raj's Anand"s son. Tinnu Anand was Satyajeet Ray's assistant. Tinnu Anand"s real name is Veerendra Anand.
The background music done by RD Burman was very creative. For example, during the exact scene when Amitabh walks from his house to the house of Ram Din's (The man awaiting for his wife to have a baby), a funny background music sound is used. This was sampled and remade from Gary Wright's song "Love is Alive" at the 0:20 mark. It was the guitar bass part of that song.
Prior to Amitabh Bachchan and Bob Christo' s fight scene in jail (Right after Amitabh gets knocked down by Christo), R.D Burman used a small guitar instrumental that lasts 5 seconds. . That guitar music part was influenced from the into guitar portion of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick Wall". It was the same tune recreated by Rahul Dev Burman.
The first and only film of Amitabh where the heroine (Praveen Babi) first appeared after a 1 hour had passed.
The background music in the scene where Pran first sees a unconscious Praveen Babi laying in the bed injured, was inspired by Cerrone's song "Super Nature"/ "In The Smoke". At the 12;30 mark of the song "Super Nature"/"Sweet Drums", R. D. Burman sampled the heartbeat like sound of the beat and the slight use of the Moog synthesizer/ electrical keyboard. this background music was used a few other times in Pran's scenes's in Kaalia. Especially the heartbeat like bass drum beat.
The fictional character "Mukhtar Singh" was brought to life in the film Shahenshah. In Kaalia, Amitabh constantly talks about Mukhtar Singh. In Shahenshah, Pravin Kumar plays the character.
The music that was used during the climax where Shahani Seth dupes Kaalia and drops him to the place where his sister-in-law and niece were held captive was used in the scene which showed the prisons that Kaalia was transferred. That music playback even had the footstep sounds from the climax scene. This was possibly done during the sound recording.
The now-iconic dialogue from the movie, "Hum jahaan khade ho jaate hai, line wahin se shuru hoti hai" (Where is stand is where the line starts from) is considered to be one of Amitabh Bachchan's most popular dialogues. However, the line is actually spoken first by Bob Christo. Amitabh only repeats it.
" Sanam Tum Jaham" was remixed by Amit and San J of The X Zecutive . This for the album " Garma Garam 2 Asha Bhosle". This was the first remix ever done for this song. This was in 1991.
The song "Kaun Kisiko Bandh Saka" was sampled for the international song "Abstrikt" by Lord Paramour.
Dialogue's of Kaalia were remixed by Amit and San J of The X Zecutive. This was the first time Kaalia's dialogs was remixed. This was for the album Garma Garam Amitabh. This was in the year 1990.
"Jahan Tere Yeh Nazar Hain" was remixed by Amit and San J of The X Zecutive. This was the first time this song was remixed. This was for the album Garma Garam Amitabh. This was in the year 1990.
"Tum Saath Ho Jab Aapne" was remixed by Amit and San J of The X Zecutive. This was the first time this song was remixed. This was for the album Garma Garam Amitabh. This was in the year 1990.
Vinod Khanna was the original choice for the role. Since he was leaving to join Rajnesh Amitabh was approached.
Laawaris song Mere Angaane Mein is used as a instrumental piece in the film. When Amitabh is showing Praveen Babi how to wear a saree.
The veterens actors of that time like actors K.N.Singh, Sajjan, Hiralal, Murad, Jagirdar were also in Kaalia.
The film fell victim to Parveen Babi erratic behavior. She went missing for a few months causing major delays in the production.
During the comedy scene where Amitabh shows Praveen Babi how to wear a saree, Mere Aagane Mein instrumental music is played in the background.
Rahul Dev Burman was inspired by the song of Tony Hatch called "Ebb Tide" from the album With Love Sounds. He recreated parts of the song for the scene between Amitabh and Parveen Babi at Munni's boarding school.
There is a scene in which Amitabh destroys Jagdeep's car by crashing it into various objects. A similar scene appeared in the movie "Qurbani", released just a year earlier, in which Feroz Khan wrecks a Mercedes Benz in a similar fashion. Amitabh was Feroz Khan's first choice for the role that eventually went to Vinod Khanna.
The voice is the trade mark back ground music "Kaalia Kaalia Kaalia" was the voice of Tinnu Anand.