Amitabh was first approached to play Preity Zinta's father in Jahnu Barua's Har Pal . Not because Big B had a special liking for nine time National award winning filmmaker Jahnu Barua, but because of his old friendship with the producer of the film Tito Tony.
Amitabh backed out at the last minute, Preity Zinta suggested Dharmendra's name to the producer and they were happy to find a replacement so fast. "I'm not aware of Amitabh. I knew the producer Tito and when he told me about this film being made by Jahnu Barua, I was more than happy to do it. I have been a great admirer of Barua's work. It was a pleasure to work with him" says Dharmendra.