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]

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).

His film Lagaan was nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category in 74th Academy Awards, which makes him a voting member of the Academy Awards.[2][3] He returned to acting by playing the lead role in the critically acclaimed comedy-drama Ventilator (2016).

Early life[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Director[edit]

Year Film Director Writer Producer Notes
1993 Pehla Nasha Yes Yes No
1995 Baazi Yes Yes No
2001 Lagaan Yes Yes No Nominated – Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film
2004 Swades Yes Yes Yes Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Film
2008 Jodhaa Akbar Yes Yes Yes Filmfare Award for Best Film
2009 What's Your Raashee? Yes Yes Yes
2010 Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey Yes Yes Yes Nominated – Zee Cine Awards for Best Story
2014 Everest No Yes Yes TV series
2016 Mohenjo Daro Yes Yes Yes
2019 Panipat Yes Yes Yes

Actor[edit]

Year Films and television series Language
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
1994 Vazir 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
1989 Ek Ratra Mantarleli Marathi
1989 Goonj Hindi
1988 Jaat Haryanvi
1988 Bharat Ek Khoj (TV series), episode 10: "Gautama Buddha" Hindi
1987 Kachchi Dhoop Hindi
1987 West Is West English
1986 Naam Hindi
1984 Holi Hindi

Awards[edit]

Film Award Category Result Ref.
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 Award Won [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 Award Won [24]
Locarno International Film Festival Audience Award Won [25]
49th National Film Awards Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment Won [26][27]
NatFilm Festival Audience Award Won [28]
Portland International Film Festival Audience Award Won [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 Director Won
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 Pix Won [43]
São Paulo International Film Festival Audience Award for Best Foreign Feature Film Won [44]
Screen Awards Best Film Won [45][46]
Best Director Won
Stardust Awards Best Film of the Year Nominated [47]
Best Director Nominated
Dream Director Won
V. Shantaram Awards Best Director Bronze Award Won [48]
Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey Zee Cine Awards 2011 Best Story Nominated [49]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Holding Locarno Film Festival Award
  2. ^ Thomas, Rebecca (22 February 2005). "Picking Oscar winners - a juror's tale". BBC News. Retrieved 1 August 2011.
  3. ^ The Spirit of Lagaan. Popular Prakashan. 2002. p. 18. ISBN 81-7991-003-2.
  4. ^ "Ashutosh Gowariker". Om Books International.
  5. ^ Dixit, Kanak Mani (2012). The Southasian Sensibility: A Himal Reader. SAGE Publications India. p. 165. ISBN 9788132116974.
  6. ^ The Pulp Prodigy
  7. ^ Once again, love in Bombay
  8. ^ The Spirit of Lagaan. Popular Prakashan. p. 14.
  9. ^ "Awards for Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India". Internet Movie Database. Archived from the original on 13 January 2009. Retrieved 23 January 2009.
  10. ^ Box Office 2001 Archived 21 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Box Office 2001 Archived 29 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ "What's Your Raashee? Cast & Crew". Bollywood Hungama. Archived from the original on 29 January 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  13. ^ "Ashutosh Gowariker: The tallest structure in Mohenjo Daro was two-storey high".
  14. ^ "the Indus Valley civilisation dates back to 8000 BC, making it one of the most ancient civilisations, Gowariker noted".
  15. ^ "Movie Review: Ventilator". filmfare.com. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  16. ^ "Ventilator Movie Review, Trailer, & Show timings at Times of India". indiatimes.com. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  17. ^ "The 74th Academy Awards (2002) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 9 November 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2011.
  18. ^ "69th & 70th Annual Hero Honda BFJA Awards 2007". 1 March 2008. Archived from the original on 1 March 2008. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  19. ^ "Bergen International Film Festival: The Norwegian Film Institute's award for Import". Bergen International Film Festival. Archived from the original on 19 January 2008. Retrieved 12 January 2008.
  20. ^ "Lagaan: Once Upon a Time In India (2001)". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. 2016. Archived from the original on 7 March 2016. Retrieved 13 January 2008.
  21. ^ Dixit, Rekha; Misra, Anshika (16 February 2002). "Filmfare gives Lagaan a 7-star salute". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 27 February 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  22. ^ Kumar, S. R Ashok (7 April 2002). "It was 'Lagaan' all the way at the IIFA awards nite". The Hindu. Retrieved 7 October 2015.[dead link]
  23. ^ Talwaar, Pooja (5 June 2015). "IIFA Rewind: 13 Years Ago in Malaysia, There Was Aamir's Lagaan". NDTV. Archived from the original on 12 September 2015. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  24. ^ "Indian film scoops top Leeds award". BBC. 16 October 2001. Archived from the original on 27 April 2015. Retrieved 12 January 2008.
  25. ^ Cunha, Uma Da (13 August 2001). "Lagaan wins Audience Award at Locarno". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 10 January 2017. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  26. ^ "49th National Film Awards". Directorate of Film Festivals. Archived from the original on 24 December 2013. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  27. ^ "Lagaan sweeps national film awards". The Times of India. 27 July 2002. Archived from the original on 10 January 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
  28. ^ Neiiendam, Jacob (17 April 2002). "Danish fest audience awards Lagaan distribution cash". Screen International. Archived from the original on 27 December 2015. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  29. ^ "Portland International Film Festival 2002". Northwest Film Center. Archived from the original on 9 May 2008. Retrieved 12 January 2008.
  30. ^ "'Lagaan', 'DCH' sweep Screen awards". The Tribune. 19 January 2002. Archived from the original on 25 September 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  31. ^ "Screen Awards 2001". Star Screen Awards. 18 January 2002. Star Plus.
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  37. ^ "Nominations for 54th Filmfare Awards 2009". Sify. 16 February 2009. Retrieved 11 September 2020.
  38. ^ "54th Idea Filmfare Awards". Filmfare Awards. 8 March 2009. SET.
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  40. ^ "Winners of the IIFA Awards 2009". Bollywood Hungama. 13 June 2009. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  41. ^ "4TH APSARA PRODUCERS GUILD AWARDS NOMINEES". Apsara Awards. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  42. ^ "4TH APSARA PRODUCERS GUILD AWARDS WINNERS". Apsara Awards. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  43. ^ "Jodhaa Akbar, Hrithik win awards at Golden Minbar Film Festival in Russia". Bollywood Hungama. 23 October 2008. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  44. ^ "Jodhaa Akbar wins 'Audience Award' at Sao Paulo International Film Festival". Bollywood Hungama. 3 November 2008. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  45. ^ "15th Star Screen Awards Nominations". Screen. Archived from the original on 21 January 2009. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  46. ^ "Jodhaa,A Wednesday sweep 'Star Screen awards'". The Indian Express. 15 January 2009. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  47. ^ "Winners of Max Stardust Awards 2009". Bollywoodhungama.com. 16 February 2009. Archived from the original on 6 September 2011. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
  48. ^ "'Taare Zameen Par' wins V Shantaram award for Best Film". Outlook. 27 December 2008. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
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External links[edit]

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