Ashutosh Gowariker

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE -

He may have started out di­rect­ing a sus­pense com­edy Pehla Nasha, fol­lowed by the thriller, Baazi, but Ashutosh made pe­riod dra­mas his own. Whether it was In­dia’s of­fi­cial Os­car en­try La­gaan, Jod­haa Ak­bar, Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey or his next Mo­hen­jo­daro, the di­rec­tor loves go­ing back in time and recre­at­ing the golden eras. “I just love love sto­ries ... es­pe­cially those which are set in dif­fer­ent times. And if those ‘ times’ are sev­eral cen­turies ago, then the in­ten­sity of that ro­mance grows mul­ti­ple fold,” he is quoted to have said. Ashutosh’s films are known to take a long time from con­cep­tion to ex­e­cu­tion, but each one is lov­ingly made with minute de­tail­ing and lav­ishly pic­turised, ir­re­spec­tive of its fate at the BO. Not only does he dare to dream but also trans­lates it on screen.

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