Actor-Director-Writer-Producer, Ashutosh Gowarikar is well-known for directing lavishly treated movies set on large canvases. He began his Bollywood career working as an actor in movies like Holi (1984). Ashutosh Gowarikar told me about his earlier days in Bollywood in an exclusive interview for a print magazine. He had played Bhagyashree’s love interest in the teleserial Kachchi Dhoop (1987). Rajshri’s Sooraj Barjatiya liked this pair and wanted to make Maine Pyar Kiya (1989) with them. But, the director soon realized that Ashutosh Gowarikar’s built was such that he could just pick up Bhagyashree and leave. Sooraj Barjatiya wanted a soft lover and not a rough and tough guy for his movie. Thus, he selected Salman Khan instead. I wonder if Ashutosh Gowarikar had done MPK, then how his Bollywood career would have turned out.
He played important roles in the teleserials like Circus (1989) and CID (1998). Post that; he did some movies like Naam (1986), Chamatkar (1992) and Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1993). He debuted as a director with Pehla Nasha (1993). Soon enough, he did Baazi (1995) with Aamir Khan. Some movies he has directed are Lagaan (2001), Swades (2004), Jodhaa Akbar (2008), What’s Your Raashee? (2009), Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey (2010) and Mohenjo Daro (2016). He also recently returned to lead the cast in the Priyanka Chopra-produced dramedy Ventilator (2016).
Bollywood and Ashutosh Gowarikar: Following are some songs from his movies, as a director as well as an actor:
O re chhori… Lagaan (2001)
Yeh tara who tara har tara… Swades (2004)
Azeem-o-Shaan Shehenshah… Jodhaa Akbar (2008)
Manunga manunga… What’s Your Raashee? (2009) Ashutosh Gowarikar has sung this song as well as directed the movie.
Sapney salone… Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey (2010)
Mohenjo Daro… Mohenjo Daro (2016)
Tu hai haseena main hoon deewana… Pehla Nasha (1993)
Sachi yeh kahani hai… Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1993) This song has been composed on the tune of Boney M’s Ronald Rasputin.
Is pyar se meri taraf na dekho… Chamatkar (1992)