'Hello' needed a star like Salman: Atul Agnihotri

Mumbai, Sep 29 (IANS) Actor-turned-director Atul Agnihotri says he cast brother-in-law Salman Khan in his forthcoming film "Hello" not to increase its commercial value, but because the character in the movie demanded a star like him.

Salman plays himself, a superstar, in the film that is based on the acclaimed book "One Night At The Call Centre" by Chetan Bhagat.

"Salman plays Chetan Bhagat's character in the film. But we have shown him as Salman - the film star - unlike the book which portrayed Chetan Bhagat (the narrator) as a writer," Atul told IANS.

"I have not cast Salman because of commercial reasons or being a relative, but it was important for the role