Ashutosh Gowariker (born 15 February 1964) is an Indian film director, actor, screenwriter and producer. He is known for directing films "set on a huge canvas while boasting of an opulent treatment". His works include Lagaan (2001), Swades (2004), Jodhaa Akbar (2008), What's Your Raashee? (2009), Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey (2010) and Mohenjo Daro (2016). His film Lagaan was nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category in 74th Academy Awards, which makes him a voting member of the Academy Awards. He returned to acting by playing the lead role in the critically acclaimed comedy-drama Ventilator (2016).
Ashutosh Gowariker at the launch of T P Aggarwal's trade magazine 'Blockbuster'
|Occupation||Director, producer, writer, actor|
|Spouse(s)||Sunita Gowariker (née Mukherjee)|
Gowariker was born in a Marathi family to Ashok and Kishori Gowariker. His family hails from Kolhapur. He is married to Sunita (former actor Deb Mukherjee's daughter from his first marriage) and they have two sons - Konark and Vishwang.
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Gowariker started his career as an actor, making his debut in 1984 in director Ketan Mehta's picture Holi. On the Holi sets, Gowariker met Aamir Khan. After that, he acted in several television serials, including Circus (1989), C.I.D. (1998) and several films, including Naam (1986), Chamatkar (1992), and Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1993).
In 2001, Gowariker wrote and directed the period epic movie Lagaan, produced by and starring Aamir Khan. Lagaan was the story of a cricket match between British officers and Indian villagers in the late 18th century. It ranked third among 2001's Indian movies in terms of gross revenue.
Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey (2010), about the Chittagong Uprising set in undivided Bengal of 1930, starred Abhishek Bachchan and Deepika Padukone.
In 2016, Gowariker directed the film Mohenjo Daro, starring Hrithik Roshan. He returned to acting by playing the lead role in the critically acclaimed comedy-drama Ventilator (2016), which was produced by Priyanka Chopra.
In 2016, Gowariker returned to screen as an actor in the Marathi film, Ventilator. Allegedly, he took about 6 months to agree to do the film. The film went on to become a box office success and was critically acclaimed.
|2009||What's Your Raashee?||Hindi|
|2010||Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey||Hindi|
|Year||Films and television series||Language|
|1994||Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa||Hindi|
|1989||Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro||Hindi|
|1989||Kamla Ki Maut||Hindi|
|1989||Ek Ratra Mantarleli||Marathi|
|1988||Bharat Ek Khoj||Hindi|
|1987||West Is West||English|
- Holding Locarno Film Festival Award
- Thomas, Rebecca (22 February 2005). "Picking Oscar winners - a juror's tale". BBC News. Retrieved 1 August 2011.
- The Spirit of Lagaan. Popular Prakashan. p. 18. ISBN 81-7991-003-2.
- "Ashutosh Gowariker". Om Books International.
- Dixit, Kanak Mani (2012). The Southasian Sensibility: A Himal Reader. SAGE Publications India. p. 165.
- The Pulp Prodigy
- Once again, love in Bombay
- The Spirit of Lagaan. Popular Prakashan. p. 14.
- "Awards for Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India". Internet Movie Database. Archived from the original on 13 January 2009. Retrieved 23 January 2009.
- Box Office 2001 Archived 21 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine
- Box Office 2001 Archived 29 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine
- Outlook 3 Mar 2008. Retrieved 16 October 2011.
- "What's Your Raashee? Cast & Crew". Bollywood Hungama. Archived from the original on 29 January 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
- "Ashutosh Gowariker: The tallest structure in Mohenjo Daro was two-storey high".
- "the Indus Valley civilisation dates back to 8000 BC, making it one of the most ancient civilisations, Gowariker noted".
- "Movie Review: Ventilator". filmfare.com. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
- "Ventilator Movie Review, Trailer, & Show timings at Times of India". indiatimes.com. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
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