Ashutosh Gowariker

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Ashutosh Gowariker
Ashutosh Gowariker at the launch of T P Aggarwal's trade magazine 'Blockbuster' 15.jpg
Gowariker at the launch of T P Aggarwal's trade magazine Blockbuster
Born (1964-02-15) 15 February 1964 (age 57)
OccupationDirector, producer, screenwriter, actor
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s) Sunita Gowariker (née Mukherjee)

Ashutosh Gowariker (born 15 February 1964) is an Indian film director, actor, screenwriter and producer who works in Hindi cinema. He is known for directing films "set on a huge canvas while boasting of an opulent treatment". [1]

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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).

Lagaan was nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category in 74th Academy Awards, which makes Gowariker a voting member of the Academy Awards. [2] [3] He returned to acting in the critically acclaimed 2016 comedy-drama Ventilator as the lead.

Early life

Gowariker was born in a Marathi family to Ashok and Kishori Gowariker. [4] [5] His family hails from Kolhapur. He is married to Sunita (former actor Deb Mukherjee's daughter from his first marriage) [6] [7] and they have two sons, Konark and Vishwang. [8]

Career

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).

The 1993 movie Pehla Nasha marked Gowariker's directorial debut. His second movie Baazi (1995), starred Aamir Khan.

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. [9] It ranked third among 2001's Indian movies in terms of gross revenue. [10]

In 2004, Gowariker directed Swades , starring Shahrukh Khan. [11]

Jodhaa Akbar (2008), another historical epic romance set in the 16th century, starred Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai.

Gowariker's romantic comedy What's Your Raashee? (2009), starred Priyanka Chopra in 12 roles and Harman Baweja. [12]

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. [13] [14] He returned to acting by playing the lead role in the critically acclaimed comedy-drama Ventilator (2016), which was produced by Priyanka Chopra. [15] [16]

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.

Filmography

Director

YearFilmDirectorWriterProducerNotes
1993 Pehla Nasha YesYesNo
1995 Baazi YesYesNo
2001 Lagaan YesYesNoNominated – Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film
2004 Swades YesYesYesNominated – Filmfare Award for Best Film
2008 Jodhaa Akbar YesYesYes Filmfare Award for Best Film
2009 What's Your Raashee? YesYesYes
2010 Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey YesYesYesNominated – Zee Cine Awards for Best Story
2014 Everest NoYesYesTV series
2016 Mohenjo Daro YesYesYes
2019 Panipat YesYesYes

Actor

YearFilms and television seriesLanguage
2016 Ventilator Marathi
1998–1999 C.I.D. Hindi
1998 Woh Hindi
1998 Sarkarnama Marathi
1995–2015 Aahat Hindi
1994 Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa Hindi
1994Vazir Marathi
1992 Jaanam Hindi
1992 Chamatkar Hindi
1991 Indrajeet Hindi
1989 Circus (TV series) Hindi
1989 Gawaahi Hindi
1989 Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro Hindi
1989 Kamla Ki Maut Hindi
1989 Indradhanush Hindi
1989Ek Ratra Mantarleli Marathi
1989 Goonj Hindi
1988 Jaat Haryanvi
1988 Bharat Ek Khoj (TV series), episode 10: "Gautama Buddha" Hindi
1987Kachchi Dhoop Hindi
1987West Is West English
1986 Naam Hindi
1984 Holi Hindi

Awards

FilmAwardCategoryResultRef.
Lagaan 74th Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film Nominated [17]
Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards Best Director (Hindi)Won [18]
Bergen International Film Festival The Jury's AwardWon [19]
European Film Academy Best Non-European Film Nominated [20]
47th Filmfare Awards Best Film Won [21]
Best Director Won
Best Story Won
3rd IIFA Awards Best Film Won [22] [23]
Best Director Won
Best Story Won
Leeds International Film Festival Audience AwardWon [24]
Locarno International Film Festival Audience AwardWon [25]
49th National Film Awards Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment Won [26] [27]
NatFilm Festival Audience AwardWon [28]
Portland International Film Festival Audience AwardWon [29]
Screen Awards Best Film Won [30] [31]
Best Director Won
Best Story Nominated
Best Screenplay Won
Best Dialogue Nominated
Zee Cine Awards Best Film Won [32] [33]
Best Director Won
Best Story Won
Swades 50th Filmfare Awards Best Film Nominated [34] [35]
Best Director Nominated
Zee Cine Awards Best Story (with MG Satya)Won [36]
Critics Best DirectorWon
Stardust Awards Dream Director Won
Jodhaa Akbar 54th Filmfare Awards Best Film Won [37] [38]
Best Director Won
10th IIFA Awards Best Film Won [39] [40]
Best Director Won
Producers Guild Film Awards Best Film Nominated [41] [42]
Best Director Nominated
Golden Minbar International Film Festival Best Film – Grand PixWon [43]
São Paulo International Film Festival Audience Award for Best Foreign Feature FilmWon [44]
Screen Awards Best Film Won [45] [46]
Best Director Won
Stardust Awards Best Film of the Year Nominated [47]
Best Director Nominated
Dream DirectorWon
V. Shantaram Awards Best Director Bronze AwardWon [48]
Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey Zee Cine Awards 2011 Best Story Nominated [49]

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<i>Lagaan</i> 2001 film by Ashutosh Gowariker

Lagaan, released internationally as Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India, is a 2001 Indian Hindi-language epic musical sports film written and directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, and produced by and starring Aamir Khan, along with debutant Gracy Singh and British actors Rachel Shelley and Paul Blackthorne in supporting roles. Made on a then-unprecedented budget of ₹250 million , the movie was the maiden project from Aamir Khan Productions and was shot in villages near Bhuj.

Gracy Singh Indian actress

Gracy Singh is an Indian actress who primarily works in Hindi films. She is best known for her role in the film Lagaan and Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.. Singh is also a trained Bharatnatyam and Odissi dancer.

<i>Jodhaa Akbar</i> 2008 film by Ashutosh Gowariker

Jodhaa Akbar is a 2008 Indian epic historical romance film co-written, produced and directed by Ashutosh Gowariker. It stars Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, with Sonu Sood, Kulbhushan Kharbanda and Ila Arun in supporting roles. Set in the 16th century, the plot centers on the romance between the Mughal Emperor Jalal-ud-din Muhammad Akbar (Roshan), and the Rajput Princess Jodhaa Bai (Aishwarya) who becomes his wife, on a marriage of convenience. A. R. Rahman composed the score.

Bela Shende Indian singer of Bollywood and regional films

Bela Shende is an Indian playback singer. She performed several songs in Bollywood and regional films. "Mann Mohana" from the film Jodhaa Akbar, "Su Che" from the film What's Your Raashee?, "Wajle Ki Baara" and "Apsara Aali" from Natarang are some of her famous songs. In 2014 she was awarded the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer for the song "Khurkhura" from the Marathi film Tuhya Dharma Koncha.

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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
Rajkumar Hirani
for 3 Idiots