Ashwin Mastarji is an Indian dance choreographer working in Gujarati films. He is best known for his choreography in numerous Gujarati movies. He established folk dancing and Garba-style dance numbers. He is more known for his work with actor Jagdish Thakor, Jignesh Modi and Kishan Thakor, a most notable film like 'Agni Pariksha'(2015), 'Taro Sur Mara Geet Ek Sangeetmay Prem Katha' (2015) and 'Lohi Ni Sagar' (2016) etc. He was born in Gujarat but tried his luck even in Hindi movies. There was one Hindi movie ‘'Yeh Kaisi Hai Aashiqui' (2015) which had flopped at the box office.
His choreography in the Hindi movie was a sensational one, but it did not get noticed at all. Even in Gujarati movies, the dance sequences are being copied in Bollywood style and Gujarati traditional songs are overlooked by the filmmakers. But it is Ashwin Mastarji has kept the folk dance numbers intact in all his movies. His one of the movie ‘Maa Ne Vahlo Dikaro Dikrane Vahali Maa’ with megastar
, Hitu Kanodia, and Pranja Bhat was a box-office hit. In this movie, his dance sequence was a slow-paced one, he also brought the concept of modern garba where he made use of Dandiya Raas, a dance that is traditionally performed by men with lavish costumes.
But he gave chances for both men and women to perform so that the dance men and women performed has the high-energy level that is seen today in Gujarati movies. We hardly hope Ashwin Mastarji can make his luck shine in Hindi movies. Gone are those days, when dancers like P.L.Raj gave scope to folk songs which were performed by dancer like
in Hindi movies.