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Ashutosh Gowariker

Ashutosh Gowariker on the left, with Shahrukh Khan on the right.
Born 15 February 1964 (1964-02-15) (age 45)
Occupation Director, Producer, writer
Years active 1984-present
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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.[1] He also became a voting member for the Academy Awards in 2005.[2]

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Early life

Gowariker was born in Mumbai in a Maharashtrian Saraswat Brahmin family. He is married to Sunita, and is a father of two sons.

Career

Ashutosh Gowarikar (in white) posing with directors of the other nominated foreign films at the 74th Academy Awards.

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).[3] It ranked third among 2001's Indian movies in terms of gross revenue.[4]

In 2004, Gowariker directed Swades, starring Shahrukh Khan. Swades also received high critical acclaim. It was popular overseas, but it did not do well at the box office in India.[5]

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.

Jodhaa Akbar, another period epic starring Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai, was released on 15 February 2008. It received widespread acclaim in India and overseas.

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 latest film What's Your Raashee?, a romantic comedy starring Priyanka Chopra and Harman Baweja released on 25 September 2009.

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.[6]

Filmography

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Director

Year Film Language Cast Awards[1]
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 Entertainment.
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 Award.
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

Producer

Year Film Language
2004 Swades Hindi
2008 Jodhaa Akbar Hindi
2009 What's Your Raashee? Hindi
2010 Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey Hindi

Actor

Year Films and television series Language
1999-2001 C.I.D. Hindi
1998 Woh Hindi
1998 Sarkarnama Marathi
1994 Vazir Marathi
1993 Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa Hindi
1992 Chamatkar Hindi
1992 Jaanam Hindi
1991 Indrajeet Hindi
1989 Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro Hindi
1989 Goonj Hindi
1989 Circus Hindi
1989 Gawaahi Hindi
1989 Kamla Ki Maut Hindi
1987 Kachchi Dhoop Hindi
1987 West Is West English
1986 Naam Hindi
1984 Holi Hindi

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Awards
Filmfare Awards
Preceded by
Rakesh Roshan
for Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai
Best Director
for Lagaan

2001
Succeeded by
Sanjay Leela Bhansali
for Devdas
Preceded by
Honey Irani
for Kya Kehna
Best Story
for Lagaan

2001
Succeeded by
Jaideep Sahni
for Company
Preceded by
Aamir Khan
for Taare Zameen Par
Best Director
for Jodhaa Akbar

2009
Succeeded by
TBD

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