Indian film director, actor, writer and producer. He is known for directing films "set on a huge canvas while boasting of an opulent treatment". His works include Lagaan, Swades, Jodhaa Akbar, What's Your Raashee?, Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey and Mohenjo Daro. 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 dramedy Ventilator.