Ashutosh Gowariker on the left, with Shahrukh Khan on the right.
|Born||15 February 1964
|Occupation||Director, Producer, writer|
Ashutosh Gowariker (Marathi: आशुतोष गोवारीकर) (born 15 February 1964) is an Indian film director, actor, writer and producer. He is known for directing the films Lagaan (2001), Swades (2004) and Jodhaa Akbar (2008). He was nominated for an Academy Award and European Film Award, and has won a number of other awards, including a National Film Award, five Filmfare Awards, and seven international film festival awards. He also became a voting member for the Academy Awards in 2005.
Ashutosh Gowariker started his career as an actor, making his debut in 1984 in director Ketan Mehta's movie, Holi. After that, he acted in several television serials, including Kachchi Dhoop (1987), Circus (1989), C.I.D. (1999) and several films, including Naam (1986), Chamatkar (1992), and Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1993).
The 1993 movie, Pehla Nasha (inspired by Brian De Palma's Hollywood movie, Body Double) marked Gowariker's directorial debut. It was a failure at the box office. His second movie, Baazi (1995), starring Aamir Khan, was a "below average" grosser at the box office. Gowariker also acted in a weekly horror show, "Woh", on Zee TV, which was critically acclaimed.
In 2001, Gowariker directed the period epic movie, Lagaan, produced by and starring Aamir Khan. Lagaan, the story of a cricket match between British officers and Indian villagers in the late 19th century, was released to great critical acclaim at home and abroad. In India, it won the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment, an award shared between Gowariker and Khan. Abroad, the film won a number of awards at international film festivals and was nominated an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (see Awards and nominations for Lagaan). It ranked third among 2001's Indian movies in terms of gross revenue.
Gowariker is known as an "actor's director". At the time of writing (2008), all of his male stars have won either the Filmfare Best Actor Award or the Critics' Best Actor Award.
Historical love epic "Jodhaa Akbar" swept the 10th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards in Macau, China, on 15 June 2009 taking home trophies for best picture, best director and best actor.
Gowariker's next Hindi film will be a historical thriller about the Chittagong Uprising titled Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey. Abhishek Bachchan has been chosen to essay the authored backed male lead role of Surya Sen while Deepika Padukone has been chosen to essay the lead female role in the film. The film is to go on the floors in November 2009.
|1993||Pehla Nasha||Hindi||Deepak Tijori, Raveena Tandon, Pooja Bhatt|
|1995||Baazi||Hindi||Aamir Khan, Mamta Kulkarni|
|2001||Lagaan||Hindi||Aamir Khan, Gracy Singh, Rachel Shelley, Paul Blackthorne||Won,
National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome
Won, Filmfare Awards for Best Director, Best Film and Best Story.
Won, IIFA Awards for Best Director and Best Movie.
Won, Star Screen Awards for Best Director, Best Film and Best Screenplay.
Won, Zee Cine Awards for Best Director, Best Film and Best Story.
Won, Jury Award at Bergen International Film Festival.
Won, Audience Awards at Leeds and Locarno International Film Festivals.
Won, Audience Award at NatFilm Festival.
Won, Best Film at Portland International Film Festival.
Nominated, Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Nominated, European Film Award for Best Non-European Film.
|2004||Swades||Hindi||Shahrukh Khan, Gayatri Joshi||Won, Star Screen Award
Special Jury Award
Won, Zee Cine Awards for Best Director (Critics' Choice) and Best Story.
Nominated, Filmfare Best Director Award.
Nominated, Star Screen Awards for Best Director and Best Story.
Nominated, Zee Cine Awards for Best Director and Best Screenplay.
|2008||Jodhaa Akbar||Hindi||Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai||Won, Filmfare Best Director
Won, Filmfare Best Movie Award.
Won, Star Screen Award for Best Director.
Won, Audience Award for Best Foreign Language Film at São Paulo International Film Festival.
Won, Best Film at Golden Minbar International Film Festival (Kazan, Russia).Historical love epic "Jodhaa Akbar" swept the 10th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards in Macau, China, on 15 June 2009 taking home trophies for best picture, best director and best actor.
|2009||What's Your Raashee?||Hindi||Harman Baweja, Priyanka Chopra|
|2010||Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey||Hindi||Abhishek Bachchan, Deepika Padukone||Pre-Production|
|2009||What's Your Raashee?||Hindi|
|2010||Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey||Hindi|
|Year||Films and television series||Language|
|1993||Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa||Hindi|
|1989||Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro||Hindi|
|1989||Kamla Ki Maut||Hindi|
|1987||West Is West||English|
for Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai
Sanjay Leela Bhansali
for Kya Kehna
for Taare Zameen Par
for Jodhaa Akbar