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Ashutosh Gowariker (Marathi: आशुतोष गोवारीकर) (born February 15, 1964) is an Indian film director, actor, writer and producer. He is known for directing the films Lagaan (2001), Swades (2004) and Jodhaa Akbar (2008). He was nominated for an Academy Award and European Film Award, and has won a number of other awards, including a National Film Award, three Filmfare Awards, and seven international film festival awards. He also became a voting member for the Academy Awards in 2005.


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Ashutosh Gowarikar (in white) posing with directors of the other nominated foreign films at the 74th Academy Awards.Ashutosh Gowariker started his career as an actor, making his debut in 1984 in director Ketan Mehta's movie, Holi. After that, he acted in several television serials, including Kachchi Dhoop (1987), Circus (1989), C.I.D. (1999) and several films, including Naam (1986), Chamatkar (1992), and Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1993).

The 1993 movie, Pehla Nasha (inspired by Brian De Palma's Hollywood movie, Body Double) marked Gowariker's directorial debut. It was a failure at the box office. His second movie, Baazi (1995), starring Aamir Khan, was a "below average" grosser at the box office. Gowariker also acted in a weekly horror show, "Woh", on Zee TV, which was critically acclaimed.

In 2001, Gowariker 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, an award shared between Gowariker and Khan. Abroad, the film won a number of awards at international film festivals and was nominated an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (see Awards and nominations for Lagaan). 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.

Gowariker is known as an "actor's director". At the time of writing (2008), all of his male stars have won either the Filmfare Best Actor Award or the Critics' Best Actor Award.

Gowariker's latest directorial work, Jodhaa Akbar, another period epic starring Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai, was released on February 15, 2008. It received widespread acclaim in India and overseas.

Gowariker is currently working on What's Your Raashee?, a romantic comedy starring Priyanka Chopra and Harman Baweja.

In a recent (Jan 2009) award function (Nokia star awards) Ashutosh had a verbal spat with Sajid Khan. He felt insulted when Sajid Khan and Farah Khan (award hosts) insulted Herman Baweja (Bollywood actor).Ashutosh asked Sajid to shut up and not insult the artists.



Year Film Language Cast Awards
1993 Pehla Nasha Hindi Deepak Tijori, Raveena Tandon, Pooja Bhatt
1995 Baazi Hindi Aamir Khan, Mamta Kulkarni
2001 Lagaan Hindi Aamir Khan, Gracy Singh, Rachel Shelley Won, National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.
Won, Filmfare Awards for Best Director, Best Film and Best Story.
Won, IIFA Awards for Best Director and Best Movie.
Won, Star Screen Awards for Best Director, Best Film and Best Screenplay.
Won, Zee Cine Awards for Best Director, Best Film and Best Story.
Won, Jury Award at Bergen International Film Festival.
Won, Audience Awards at Leeds and Locarno International Film Festivals.
Won, Audience Award at NatFilm Festival.
Won, Best Film at Portland International Film Festival.
Nominated, Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Nominated, European Film Award for Best Non-European Film.
2004 Swades Hindi Shahrukh Khan, Gayatri Joshi Won, Star Screen Award Special Jury Award
Won, Zee Cine Awards for Best Director (Critics' Choice) and Best Story.
Nominated, Filmfare Best Director Award.
Nominated, Star Screen Awards for Best Director and Best Story.
Nominated, Zee Cine Awards for Best Director and Best Screenplay.
2008 Jodhaa Akbar Hindi Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai Won, Star Screen Award for Best Director.
Won, Audience Award for Best Foreign Language Film at São Paulo International Film Festival.
Won, Best Film at Golden Minbar International Film Festival (Kazan, Russia).
2009 What's Your Raashee? Hindi Harman Baweja, Priyanka Chopra


Year Film Language
2004 Swades Hindi
2008 Jodhaa Akbar Hindi
2009 What's Your Raashee? Hindi


Year Films and television series Language
1999-2001 C.I.D. Hindi
1998 Woh Hindi
1998 Sarkarnama Marathi
1994 Vazir Marathi
1993 Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa Hindi
1992 Chamatkar Hindi
1992 Jaanam Hindi
1991 Indrajeet Hindi
1989 Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro Hindi
1989 Goonj Hindi
1989 Circus Hindi
1989 Gawaahi Hindi
1989 Kamla Ki Maut Hindi
1987 Kachchi Dhoop Hindi
1987 West Is West English
1986 Naam Hindi
1984 Holi Hindi

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