, Mumbai, India.
Ashutosh Gowariker is an Indian film director, actor, writer and
producer. He is known for directing the films like 'Lagaan', 'Swades', 'Jodhaa
Akbar', 'What's Your Raashee' and 'Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey'. 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.
He has also acted in several television serials, including 'Kachchi Dhoop',
'Circus', 'C.I.D'. and several films, including 'Naam', 'Chamatkar', and 'Kabhi Haan
The 1993 movie, 'Pehla Nasha' marked Gowariker's directorial debut. It was a failure
at the box-office. His second movie, 'Baazi', starring Aamir Khan, was an average
grosser at the box-office.
In 2001, Gowariker wrote and 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. Abroad, the film won a number
of awards at International film festivals and was nominated an Academy Award for
Best Foreign Language Film. It ranked third among 2001's Indian movies in terms of
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.
'Jodhaa Akbar', another historic epic romance set in 16th century, starring Hrithik
Roshan and Aishwarya Rai, was released on 15 February 2008. It received widespread
acclaim in India and overseas.
'Jodhaa Akbar' swept awards at all the major awards, including 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.
Then came Gowariker's first romantic comedy 'What's Your Raashee?', starring
Priyanka Chopra and Harman Baweja. His latest release has been 'Khelein Hum Jee Jaan
Sey', about the Chittagong Uprising set in undivided Bengal of 1930, starring
Abhishek Bachchan and Deepika Padukone.