Filmmaker Shakti Samanta is renowned for his long association with Rajesh Khanna. It was Shakti Samanta who gave a new lease of life to the struggling Rajesh Khanna and made him a Superstar overnight with his hit film Aradhana. When Shakti Samanta wrote the script of Anuraag, his family and distributors rejected the script and advised him to drop the idea of making the film. The movie told the story of a young boy who donates his eyes to a blind girl before dying. One day Shaktida narrated the script to Rajesh Khanna. Rajesh Khanna had an ear for brilliant scripts and immediately told Shaktida to start the movie.