Ashutosh Gowariker (born 15 February 1964) is an Indian film director, actor, screenwriter and producer. He is known for directing films set on a huge canvas while boasting of an opulent treatment. His works include Lagaan (2001), Swades (2004), Jodhaa Akbar (2008), Whats Your Raashee? (2009), Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey (2010) and Mohenjo Daro (2016). His film Lagaan was nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category in 74th Academy Awards, which makes him a voting member of the Academy Awards. He returned to acting by playing the lead role in the critically acclaimed comedy-drama Ventilator (2016).