8 July 1970
|Occupation||Producer, director, actor|
|Years active||1983, 1993–present|
|Spouse(s)||Alvira Khan Agnihotri (m. 1996)|
Early and personal life
Agnihotri was born into a Punjabi family, the son of Rohit Agnihotri, an actor of yesteryears who quit films after a brief stint and later tried his hand at business. Agnihotri lost his father at a very young age and the responsibility of supporting his family came upon him. Agnihotri's first cousin is actress Rati Agnihotri, who lived with them in Mumbai for two years and made her entry into films during that time; essentially, this inspired Atul to join films likewise.
Agnihotri is married to Alvira Khan, who is the daughter of scriptwriter Salim Khan and sister of actors Salman Khan, Arbaaz Khan and Sohail Khan. They have two children - a son Ayaan and a daughter Alizeh.
Agnihotri's career stretches back to 1983 when he made a brief appearance as a child artist in Pasand Apni Apni (1983) in which his cousin Rati Agnihotri was the heroine. Inspired by her success, and by the memory of his father's dreams and brief stint as an actor, Agnihotri made the necessary efforts and finally entered the film industry in an acting role. He made his debut with Mahesh Bhatt's Sir (1993), which emerged as a commercial and critical success. He went on to act in several other films throughout the 1990s and early 2000s with his most notable hits being Krantiveer (1994), Naaraz (1994), Aatish (1994), Chachi 420 (1997), Yeshwant (1997), and Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam (2002). However, his success as an actor slowly petered out, mainly because he accepted several roles for reasons of money (he had a support his family single-handedly) rather than with proper thought towards strategy.
After failing to become a lead actor and being restricted to supporting and second lead roles, he made his directorial debut with the 2004 film Dil Ne Jise Apna Kahaa which starred his brother-in-law Salman Khan, Bhoomika Chawla, and Preity Zinta in lead roles.
In 2011, he produced Bodyguard which starred his brother-in-law Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor. The film proved to be a phenomenal success and made it to the list of all-time Bollywood blockbusters. In 2014, he produced O Teri, starring Pulkit Samrat and Sarah Jane Dias, and directed by debutant Umesh Bhisht.
- Champak Lal ki Shaadi (1983)
- Pasand Apni Apni (1983)
- Sir (1993) – Karan
- Aasoo Bane Angaarey (1993) - Chanda's Brother
- Aatish (1994) – Avi (Baba's Brother)
- Krantiveer (1994) – Atul
- Naaraaz (1994)
- Gunhegar (1995)
- Veergati (1995) – Shlok
- Yeshwant (1997)- John
- Bambai Ka Babu (1996) – Amit
- Jeevan Yudh (1997)
- Chachi 420 (1997)
- Khote Sikkey (1998)
- Yeh Aashiqui Meri (1998) - Shekhar Choudhry
- Hote Hote Pyaar Ho Gaya (1999) – Atul (Bunty)
- Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam (2002) – Prashant
- Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani (2002) – Man driving red car.
- Sanam Teri Kasam (2009) – Gopal
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