Bollywood heroes have always believed in South directors. There is a sentiment in Bollywood that working first time with a southern director will always be fruitful. When Salman Khan was completely stuffed under flops, it was Prabhudeva who pulled him out with 'Wanted'. AR Murugadoss gave Aamir Khan his career biggest hit back then with 'Ghajini'. It was the first ever film to cross 100 crore mark in India. As we know, the combination of Akshay Kumar and Priyadarshan gave us numerous hits like 'Hera Pheri', 'Bhool Bhulaiyaa', 'De Dana Dhan' and others. The most recent example is how Sandeep Vanga gave Shahid his career biggest blockbuster with 'Kabir Singh'.
In the same way, SRK is hoping that Atlee would give him the much-needed hit and get him back on track after flops like 'Zero', 'Fan' and 'Jab Harry Met Sejal'.