Director Suneel Darshan was toying on the idea of making a thriller movie, and decided to leave that project and make a family drama around the ups and downs and family relationships he personally had experienced.
The director wanted a strong actor to play the role of the family head figure and wanted to sign Amitabh Bachchan. He asked a journalist mutual friend of Amitabh who arranged a meeting between the director and the actor. After a detailed negotiation, Amitabh signed on.
There was rumor the director wanted to sign Rekha as Amitabh Bachchan's leading lady, Amitabh confirmed he would not be part of the project if Rekha was signed, so subsequently 'Raakhe Gulzar' signed instead.