Chosen as the official entry for the Oscars from India for the year, though it didn't get nominated.

Graphic designer Venky noted that Indian was his most difficult project to date (in 1997) with a scene constructed to feature Kamal Haasan's character alongside freedom fighter, Subhas Chandra Bose. Venky had to remove blemishes on the film reel of Bose provided by the Film Division's archive before merging Kamal Haasan on to the shot to make it appear that the pair were marching in tandem.

Kamal Hassan originally wanted the title "Indian" for the Hindi dubbed version of the movie. But the title's right was with Sunny Deol. Sunny refused to give away the title.

Manisha Koirala's voice is dubbed by a dubbing artiste in the Hindi version.

Senthil voice was dubbed by Laxmikanth Berde for the Hindi version Hindustani.

A flashback song was canned with four hundred dancers and a thousand extras at Gingee with Kamal Haasan and Sukanya, while another song featured shooting in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

The climax of the scene was inspired from the death of freedom fighter Subash Chandra Bose showing a bus explode in plain crash killing Kamal scene he is shown calling Indian officials from Foreign land saying he will be back when ever Indians need him.

The film won three national award's with Kamal Hassan wining several best actor awards for the film.

Shankar approached Shilpa Shetty for Urmila's role but she was too busy.