Ashutosh Gowariker a leading filmmaker of period epics

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Ashutosh Gowariker…Eight films in 23 years.

Ashutosh Gowariker with a penchant for period dramas is evolving as a leading film maker in Bollywood. After Lagaan and Jodhaa Akbar, his Hrithik Roshan, Pooja Hegde-starrer Mohenjo Daro is ready for release.

It’s a challenge to make such films as it requires a lot of time consuming research to make the films historically accurate. This may be why Mohenjo Daro is his eighth film in 23 years.

His directorial debut was Pehla Nasha in 1993. Deepak Tijori, Raveena Tandon and Puja Bhatt-starrer did not do well. Regular Bollywood themes have not worked for Gowariker; he thrives on ‘the other genre’ of filmmaking.

The trailer of Mohenjo Daro shows us fascinating and accurate view of history. The trailer begins with a layout of town-planning followed by a seal, actually recovered from Mohenjo-daro, which was one of the largest cities in the world some 4,000 years ago.

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Along with Harappa (in Pakistan), Dhaulavira (Gujarat) and Rakhigarhi (Haryana), Mohenjo-daro formed an urban framework of what we know as the Indus Valley Civilization.

Ashutosh Gowariker’s works also attracted the attention of Hollywood. He was made a voting member for the Academy Awards in 2005. CINEWS

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