Ashutosh Gowariker

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Ashutosh Gowariker
Ashutosh Gowariker at the launch of T P Aggarwal's trade magazine 'Blockbuster' 15.jpg
Ashutosh Gowariker at the launch of T P Aggarwal's trade magazine 'Blockbuster'
Born (1964-02-15) 15 February 1964 (age 53)
Mumbai, India
Occupation Director, producer, writer, actor
Years active 1984–present
Spouse(s) Sunita Gowariker née Mukherjee

Ashutosh Gowariker (born 15 February 1964) is an Indian film director, actor, writer and producer. He is known for directing the 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 Best Foreign Language Film category in 74th Academy Awards, which makes him a voting member of Academy Awards.[2][3] He returned to acting by playing the lead role in the critically acclaimed dramedy Ventilator (2016).

Early life[edit]

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


Gowariker started his career as an actor, making his debut in 1984 in director Ketan Mehta's movie, 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.[7] It ranked third among 2001's Indian movies in terms of gross revenue.[8]

In 2004, Gowariker directed Swades, starring Shahrukh Khan.[9]

Jodhaa Akbar (2008), another historical epic romance set in the 16th century, starred Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai. As a filmmaker he shows his own civility through his films.[10]

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

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.[11][12] He returned to acting by playing the lead role in the critically acclaimed dramedy Ventilator (2016), which was produced by Priyanka Chopra.[13][14]



Year Film Cast
1993 Pehla Nasha Deepak Tijori, Raveena Tandon, Pooja Bhatt
1995 Baazi Aamir Khan, Mamta Kulkarni
2001 Lagaan Aamir Khan, Gracy Singh, Rachel Shelley, Paul Blackthorne
2004 Swades Shah Rukh Khan, Gayatri Joshi
2008 Jodhaa Akbar Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai, Sonu Sood
2009 What's Your Raashee? Harman Baweja, Priyanka Chopra
2010 Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey Abhishek Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Sikander Kher
2016 Mohenjo Daro Hrithik Roshan, Pooja Hegde, Kabir Bedi, Arunoday Singh


Year Film Language
2004 Swades Hindi
2008 Jodhaa Akbar Hindi
2009 What's Your Raashee? Hindi
2010 Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey Hindi
2016 Mohenjo Daro Hindi


Year Films and television series Language
2016 Ventilator Marathi
1998–1999 C.I.D. Hindi
1988 Jaat Haryanvi Film
1998 Woh Hindi
1998 Sarkarnama Marathi
1994 Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa Hindi
1994 Vazir Marathi
1994 Goonj Hindi
1992 Chamatkar Hindi
1991 Indrajeet Hindi
1989 Circus Hindi
1989 Gawaahi Hindi
1989 Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro Hindi
1989 Kamla Ki Maut Hindi
1989 Indradhanush Hindi
1988 Bharat Ek Khoj Hindi
1987 Kachchi Dhoop Hindi
1987 West Is West English
1986 Naam Hindi
1984 Holi Hindi
1983 Jaat Haryanvi
1989 Ek Ratra Mantarleli Marathi


Year Show Language References
2014 Everest Hindi [15]
1991 Circus Hindi


  1. ^ Holding Locarno Film Festival Award
  2. ^ {{cite news|url= Oscar winners - a juror's tale|publisher=BBC News|accessdate=1 August 2011|first=Rebecca|last=Thomas|date=22 February 2005}}
  3. ^ The Spirit of Lagaan. Popular Prakashan. p. 18. ISBN 81-7991-003-2. 
  4. ^ The Pulp Prodigy
  5. ^ Once again, love in Bombay
  6. ^ The Spirit of Lagaan. Popular Prakashan. p. 14. 
  7. ^ "Awards for Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India". Internet Movie Database. Archived from the original on 13 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-23. 
  8. ^ Box Office 2001 Archived 21 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Box Office 2001 Archived 29 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ Outlook 3 Mar 2008. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  11. ^ "Ashutosh Gowariker: The tallest structure in Mohenjo Daro was two-storey high". 
  12. ^ "the Indus Valley civilisation dates back to 8000 BC, making it one of the most ancient civilisations, Gowariker noted". 
  13. ^ "Movie Review: Ventilator". Retrieved 5 November 2016. 
  14. ^ "Ventilator Movie Review, Trailer, & Show timings at Times of India". Retrieved 5 November 2016. 
  15. ^ "Ashutosh Gowariker teams up with mountaineering institute for TV show 'Everest'". 

External links[edit]

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

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

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

Succeeded by
Rajkumar Hirani
for 3 Idiots