Birth: 15-02-1964 , 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 Kabhi Naa'.

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 gross revenue.

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.