The film released on 26 October 2001 on the eve of Dusheera with excellent opening.
Rahul Dev who played a villain in Champion 2001 had a small role in the film and was very well appreciated for his guest role who sacrifices his life to save reputation of his mentor Sunny Deol.
Sunny Deol had started a film titled " Indian" in 1997. The script was based on Rajesh Khanna shelved film Waapsi. It was eventually made by Veeru Devgan as Hindustan Ki Kasam. Indian starred Sunny Deol (his first double role),Aishwarya Rai (Replaced Manisha Koirala) and Kamal Sidhu. Sonali Bendre auditioned for the film and was rejected in 1997. That film was to be directed by Padam Kumar. The film never got made but Sunny Deol used the title 4 years later for another film. Sunny Deol's cousin Goldie Singh was to debut as a actor in the original Indian that was launched in 1997. He was to play the role of a suicide bomber. Goldie is the son of producer Sher Jung Singh (Punchhi). Sher Jung was married to Dharmendra's sister. She passed away suddenly in 1988.
Kamal Haasan wanted the title "Indian" for the dubbed Hindi version of Tamil film Indian. Sunny Deol refused to part with the title.
Jackie Shroff was signed to play an army officer in the film as a second hero the role later got eventually scrapped.
Mukesh Rishi delivered a success with Jodi no 1 which was released in the same year
This was one of the most awaited films of Sunny Deol in 2001 because three months before this film Gaddar Ek Premkatha 2001 released and turned out to be a biggest blockbuster of the year.