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Ashutosh Gowarikar Bollywood Director

Ashutosh Gowarikar Bollywood Director

Occupation: Director, Producer, Script Writer
DOB: 15 February 1964 (49 years old)
Life Partner: Sunita Gowariker
Website: Official Website

About Ashutosh Gowariker

Ashutosh Gowariker is one of the most acclaimed Bollywood directors who made movies like Oscar nominated Lagaan (2001) and the cult classic Swades (2004). Ashutosh Gowariker changed the face of Indian cinema (more so Bollywood) with Lagaan. It was a milestone movie in the history of Indian cinema so much so that quality mainstream movies started getting made in Bollywood as an after effect of Lagaan. His affinity towards epic movies has resulted in making an epic love story on King Akbar and his Hindu wife Jodha titled Jodha-Akbar in 2008 starring Hrithik Roshan & Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. However his last two movies What’s Your Raashee (2009) and Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey (2010) didn’t do well at the box offce – critics also panned these movies. He was nominated at several awards including National Awards, European Awards etc. In 2005 he became a voting member of Academy awards.


Ashutosh Gowarikar was born in a Maharshtrian Brahmin family. Ashok Gowariker is his father and Kishori Gowariker is his mother. Sunita Gowariker is his wife and they have two sons – Konark & Vishwang.


Ashutosh Gowariker started his career as a model. He had appeared in advertisements directed by acclaimed directors like Govind Nihlani & Jenny Pinto. He was the face of the brands like Lifebuoy Soap & Close Up toothpaste.

Later in 1984 Ashutosh Gowariker ventured in to acting. He debuted as an actor with Ketan Mehta’s 1984 film Holi. He played the role of one of the main protagonists Rajneet Prakash. He met Aamir Khan on the sets of this film and they became pals. After his debut in movies he tried his hands on TV as well, he acted in TV serials like Circus (1989), C.I.D. (1998) etc. He continued to act in movies like Naam (1986), Chamatkar (1992), and Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1993) before he finally became a director.

He made his debut as a director with 1993 movie Pehla Nasha starring Deepak Tijori, Pooja Bhatt, Raveena Tandon & Paresh Rawal. The movie was a flop. In 1995 he made Baazi featuring Aamir Khan in the lead. This movie was an average grosser at the box office.

After long years hiatus he approached Aamir Khan with the script of Lagaan in 2001. Though the script lacked any commercial aspects given it’s a periodic film set in pre-independent era, Aamir Khan fell in love with the script and even decided to produce it. The movie told the story of Indian villagers (set in Gujrat) playing a cricket match with British officers for an exemption from tax payment on their land. The movie was a milestone movie in Bollywood & Indian cinema as it rewrote the definition of a commercial movie. The movie became a huge hit upon its release and it won rave reviews from critics & audience alike. Lagaan also proved that the movies don’t need to be formulaic at all times to be successful. Success of Lagaan paved way for many experimental movies in Bollywood thereafter. Lagaan was India’s official entry at the Oscars that year. It received the nomination for the best foreign film at the Oscars. It was the third Indian film to get this recognition after Mother India (1957) & Salaam Bombay! (1988). In 2010 Lagaan was listen on Empire Magazine’s list “The 100 Best Films of World Cinema” at number 55. In 2011 it found a place on Times Magazine’s list “The All-TIME 25 Best Sports Movies”. Lagaan also won 8 National Awards including one for A R Rahman’s music (categories in which it won – audiography, art direction, costumes, music direction, lyrics, choreography, best male singer, wholesome entertaining movie). It also won 9 Filmfare Awards & nine Screen Awards.

In 2004 Ashutosh Gowarikar directed Shahrukh Khan & Gayatri Joshi in highly acclaimed movie Swades. The movie was about an NRI’s return to his roots. The movie struck the right chord and today it is considered to be one of the finest classics of Indian cinema. Gowariker’s direction, Shahrukh Khan’s acting & A R Rahman’s music were highly appreciated. Despite the critical acclaim it didn’t become a top grosser at the box office. However, it the highest rated Bollywood film on IMDB.com with 8.3 rating.

In 2008 he directed Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan on the epic tale of Mughal king Akbar and his wife Jodha. The movie was a critical as well as commercial success. A R Rahman’s music and the art direction were highly applauded. Jodha Akbar ended up winning several Bollywood awards in 2009.

In 2009 he made What’s Your Raashee?, a romantic comedy featuring Priyanka Chopra & Harman Baweja. The movie was a critical as well as commercial failure. Priyanka Chopra played 12 different characters in the movie each representing the 12 Zodiac signs.

In 2010 he made Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey, starring Abhishek Bachchan & Deepika Padukone. But the movie was a huge box office failure. Critics also panned the movie. The movie was based on the Chittagong uprising in Bengal in 1930.


At 2009 Star Screen Awards ceremony, Ashutosh Gowarikar had a public fallout with host Sajid Khan on a comment made by Sajid during the ceremony. Many considered this as an over reaction from Ashutosh Gowarikar’s side as making fun of celebrities is a norm at award functions including Oscars & Golden Globes.

List Of Ashutosh Gowariker Movies

As A Director

2010 Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey

2009 What’s Your Raashee?

2008 Jodhaa Akbar

2004 Swades

2001 Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India

1995 Baazi

1993 Pehla Nasha

As A Producer

2010 Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey

2008 Jodhaa Akbar

2004 Swades

As An Actor

C.I.D. (TV series) – The Case of the Burnt Body: Part 1 (1999)

1998 Sarkarnama – Photo journalist

1994 Vazir – Nana Satam

1993 Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa – Imran

1992/I Chamatkar – Monty

1992 Jaanam – Arun S. Rao

1991 Indrajeet

1989 Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro – Abdul

1989 Goonj – Saby

1989 Circus

1989 Gawahi

1989 Kamla Ki Maut – Deepak

1987 Kachchi Dhoop

1987 West Is West – Vikran

1986 Naam – Jaisingh Kalewar (Taxi Driver)

1985 Holi – Ranjeet Prakash

As A Writer

2010 Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey

2009 What’s Your Raashee?

2008 Jodhaa Akbar

2004 Swades

2001 Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India

1995 Baazi

1993 Pehla Nasha

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