The film was Aamir Khan's first movie after QSQT and wasn't accepted well by the audience at the time, however it received much critical acclaim and subsequently three National Film Awards in 1989 and developed considerable following over the years. The film also marked the Bollywood debut of ace cinematographer Santosh Sivan, and film editor A. Sreekar Prasad.
This film was to be re-released in theaters in India on 12 June 2009 after 20 years with digitally re-mastered prints, film producers together with Palador Pictures. It was to be followed by DVD release in August 2009. The scheduled re-release eventually did not happen due to certain undisclosed reasons, ostensibly because it fell during producer-multiplex owner standoff during the period.
This is the second film of Aamir Khan in which Supriya Pathak was Aamir's heroine, and this film was made by Basu Bhattacharya's son. This film had no buyers till Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988) became a hit.
The original length of the film after the soundmix was over 3 hours. The issue of the length was with the distributors who came to knowing that the film was a dark film and that too being so long, they only agreed to distribute the film if only it was trimmed which eventually made the film's length just under 2 hours
Aditya Bhattacharya refused on many occasions to cut the film, he said that a single scene should not be removed from the film but after being conviced by the producer, he agreed to cut the film. The redux version of the film which was to release is the original edit of the film