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.