n 1984, Ashutosh Gowariker made his debut as an actor in Ketan Mehta’s movie Holi. Later he acted in several television serials including Circus (1989) and a few movies including Naam and Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1993).
In 1993, Ashutosh directed his first movie Pehla Nasha starring Aamir Khan. The movie was inspired by Brian De Palma's Hollywood flick, Body Double.
In 2001, Gowariker directed the period epic movie, Lagaan, once again starring Aamir Khan. Lagaan received critical acclaim and nomination for an Oscar Academy Award in USA for Best Foreign Language Film.
In 2004, Ashutosh Gowariker directed Swades, starring Shah Rukh Khan. The movie was critically acclaimed and was a big hit overseas.
Gowariker's latest film, Jodhaa Akbar is a period flick which released in February 2008. It was adjudged the Best Film at the Star Screen Award 2009.