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Atul Agnihotri


Atul Agnihotri (born 8 July 1970) is an Indian actor, producer, and director. He started his Bollywood career as an actor, went on to direct two films, and found success as a film producer. 


He is best known for his debut film Sir (1993), which was the most notable film of his career and featured him as the lead protagonist. His other notable films were Aatish: Feel the Fire (1994) and Krantiveer (1994).


Atul Agnihotri was born into a Punjabi Brahmin Hindu family, the son of Rohit Agnihotri, an actor of yesteryear who quit films after a brief stint and later tried his hand at business. Agnihotri lost his father at a 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 producer/designer Alvira Khan Agnihotri. He has a sister as well. His wife is the daughter of scriptwriter Salim Khan and the sister of actors Salman Khan, Arbaaz Khan, and Sohail Khan. Their first child Ayaan Agnihotri was born on 12 June 1998 and their daughter Alizeh Agnihotri was born on 21 September 2000.


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 brief stint as an actor, he made his acting 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)

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