Happy B'Day Ashutosh Gowariker
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 (1985), as Ranjeet Prakash, one of the main protagonists. His acting career continued with Mahesh Bhatt's 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_'s Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1993
Alongside these features, TV serials like Amol Palekar's "Kachchi Dhoop" (1987), the Saeed Akhtar Mirza & Aziz Mirza-Kundan Shah collaboration "Circus" (1989)_, and Pradeep Uppoor and B.P. Singh's "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.
In 1993 Ashutosh debuted as a Director in Pehla Nasha, which went cold at the Box office. He directed another flick in 1995 named “Baazi” with Aamir Khan, which resulted in another flop. But he didn’t stopped and was back with a bang. 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. Its 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, and won him numerous awards.
In 2004, Gowariker directed Swades, starring Shahrukh Khan. Swades also received high critical acclaim. It was popular in india & as well as overseas, as shahrukh khan is the most popular indian star overseas.
Jodhaa Akbar, another historic epic romance set in 16th century, starring Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai, was released on 15 February 2008. It received widespread acclaim in India and overseas. As a filmmaker he shows his own civility through this film. But in 2009 Gowariker's first romantic comedy What's Your Raashee?, starring Priyanka Chopra in 12 roles and Harman Baweja didn’t do well.
Ashutosh was of the opinion that Films must entertain but also leave something behind with the audience.
We wish Ashutosh Gowarikar to offer many more superhit flicks in the upcoming years. For today it’s a Party time.