Atul Agnihotri has seen tough times in the starting of his career. He got the responsibility of earning bread for his family at a very young age, therefore he started his career with the film Pasand Apni Apni (1983) as a child artist in which Rati Agnihotri(his cousin) was the heroine.
Later he made his debut with the movie, Sir (1993). He has worked in several films such as Chachi 420, Naaraz, Aatish, Krantiveer, Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam, and Yeshwant.
The versatile entertainer has directed two movies, one In 2004, Dil Ne Jise Apna Kahaa and the other film Hello in 2008. He then moved to production, where he achieved great success with his movie Bodyguard. The Bodyguard film was produced by him in 2011 in which Kareena Kapoor performed alongside with his brother-in-law Salman Khan. His next production was O Teri in 2014.
Atul Agnihotri is married to Alvira Khan, daughter of famous writer Salim Khan and sister of the Dabangg hero Salman Khan.