Ashutosh Gowariker

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Birthday : 15 February 1968
Height : NA

Mini Biography :
An actor who took up directing after almost a decade, Ashutosh Gowariker is one of those rare people who take the path less taken and, although it was a rough going, he is now one of India’s elite directors. He began his film career modeling in commercials by Govind Nihalani and Jenny Pinto. He entered Hindi cinema with Ketan Mehta’s Holi (1984), as Ranjeet Prakash, one of the main protagonists.His acting career continued with Mahesh Bhatt Naam (1986), David Rathod’s West Is West (1987), Saeed Akhtar Mirza’s Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro (1989), Jalal Agha’s Goonj (1989), Anant Balani’s Gawahi (1989), and Kundan Shah Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1993).

He also acted in award-winning Marathi-language films such as the Ujwal Thengdi creation Vazir (1994) and Shraboni Deodhar Sarkarnama (1998). Alongside these features, TV serials like Amol Palekar “Kachchi Dhoop” (1987), the Saeed Akhtar Mirza & Aziz Mirza Kundan Shah collaboration “Circus” (1989),and Pradeep Uppoor and B.P. Singh “C.I.D.” (1999) also found him in front of the camera and, incidentally, brought him into contact with the finest minds in contemporary Indian cinema.

All the exposure gave Gowariker a desire to helm the camera and in 1993 he made his directorial debut with Pehla Nasha (1993), a whodunit about a struggling actor who gets drawn into a murder surrounding the death of a millionaire heiress. It didn’t do well at the box office, but his next venture, Baazi (1995), enjoyed average success. It told the story of the nexus between politicians, gunrunners and terrorists and a righteous cop Aamir Khan who is hell-bent on breaking this ring.

Then came what is still considered his greatest success: Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001). The film veered away from most norms used in the making of a commercial Hindi film it was a period drama set in rural India it’s language was a dialect. a British cast was included, it is a musical, and, above all, it’s a film about sports. The film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign language Film and earned worldwide raves for its direction. In the meantime, Gowariker directed a series of five commercials for Coca-Cola. These too became hits and won accolades at every advertising function in India.


Filmography :

As Actor :

  1. “C.I.D.” (1999) TV Series
  2. Sarkarnama (1998)
  3. Vazir (1994)
  4. Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1993) (as Ashutosh Gowarikar)
  5. Chamatkar (1992/I)
  6. Jaanam (1992)
  7. Indrajeet (1991)
  8. Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro (1989)
  9. Goonj (1989)
  10. “Circus” (1989) TV Series
  11. Gawahi (1989)
  12. Kamla Ki Maut (1989)
  13. “Kachchi Dhoop” (1987) TV Series
  14. West Is West (1987)
  15. Naam (1986) (as Ashootosh Gowarikar)
  16. Holi (1984)

As Director :

  1. Jodhaa Akbar (2008) (post-production)
  2. Swades: We, the People (2004)
  3. Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)
  4. Baazi (1995)
  5. Pehla Nasha (1993)
Nomination And Awards
Awards of the International Indian Film Academy
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2002 Won Popular Award Best Story
for: Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)

Direction
for: Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)

Bergen International Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2001 Won Jury Award for: Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)

European Film Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2001 Nominated Screen International Award for: Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)
India.
Filmfare Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2005 Nominated Filmfare Award Best Director
for: Swades: We, the People (2004)

2002 Won Filmfare Award Best Director
for: Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)

Best Film
for: Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)

Best Story
for: Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)

Leeds International Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2001 Won Audience Award for: Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)

Locarno International Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2001 Won Audience Award for: Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)

NatFilm Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2002 Won Audience Award for: Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)

National Film Awards, India
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2002 Won Golden Lotus Award Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment
for: Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)
Shared with:
Aamir Khan (producer)

Portland International Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2002 Won Audience Award Best Film
for: Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)
Tied with Tunnel, Der (2001).
Screen Weekly Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2005 Won Special Jury Award for: Swades: We, the People (2004)
For the film.
Nominated Screen Best Director
for: Swades: We, the People (2004)

Best Story
for: Swades: We, the People (2004)

2002 Won Screen Best Director
for: Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)

Best Screenplay
for: Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)
Shared with:
Kumar Dave
Sanjay Dayma

Nominated Screen Best Dialogue
for: Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)
Shared with:
K.P. Saxena (avadhi)

Best Story
for: Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)

Zee Cine Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2005 Won Critics Choice Award Best Director
for: Swades: We, the People (2004)

Technical Award Best Story
for: Swades: We, the People (2004)
Shared with:
M.G. Sathya

Nominated Popular Award Best Director
for: Swades: We, the People (2004)

Technical Award Best Screenplay
for: Swades: We, the People (2004)
Shared with:
Amin Hajee
Ayan Mukerji
Charlotte Whitby Coles
Lalit Marathe
Sameer Sharma
Yashodeep Nigudkar

2002 Won Popular Award Best Director
for: Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)

Best Film
for: Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)

Best Story
for: Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)

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