Although actor-turned-filmmaker Atul Agnihotri's all the three films, either as a director or a producer, had brother-in-law Salman Khan featuring in them, his next home production will not have his 'lucky mascot'.
Atul had made his debut as a director with Dil Ne Jise Apna Kaha (2004) featuring Salman, Preity Zinta and Bhoomika Chawla. The film did not enjoy a good run at the box office.
Undeterred by this, he directed and even turned producer with Hello (2008), a film based on the novel One Night at a Call Centre, in which Salman had a cameo role.
Atul returned to production with Salman-Kareena Kapoor starrer action-romantic film Bodyguard (2011), which was a huge hit at the box office. Now he is set for his next home production without the Dabangg star.
"We have identified something. We have finalised the script, director and locations. We are trying to get the cast in place. We are in the process of putting together the cast and crew. We can't make any statements until and unless everything is finalised," producer-director, Atul Agnihotri told PTI.
"We can't talk about the star cast, as we are in the process of finalising things. In two months time, everything should be in place. Then we will make an announcement," he said.
Right from his first film, Salman has been a common factor but not this time.
"It (film) is without Salman Khan. We do not have any appearance or anything of such sort, where Salman would be there. Salman is our lucky mascot. He supports all of us. He is always there for the family," Atul said.