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Rajiv Kapoor passes away: Ashutosh Gowariker mourns his demise, remembers him as ‘absolute professional’

Filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker on Tuesday expressed his condolences and reminisced the bond with the veteran actor Rajiv Kapoor, post his sad demise. 

Rajiv Kapoor lost his battle to life as he suffered a cardiac arrest today, at his residence in Chembur. The actor, who made his Bollywood debut with ‘Ek Jaan Hain Hum’, died at the age of 58.

Gowariker’s ‘Toolsidas Junior’ marks the last film of the veteran actor. Sharing his thoughts and remembering the actor, Ashutosh Gowariker shared an emotional note on social media.

Gowariker expressed his sorrow as Rajiv Kapoor couldn’t witness his own performance for one last time in his production ‘Toolsidas Junior’. Remembering the actor, Ashutosh shares, “I was a great fan of Rajiv Kapoor, from his ‘Ram Teri Ganga Maili’ days. It was a superb debut performance. I carried that memory with me for many years and then we connected quite a few times since ‘Lagaan’. And when an opportunity arrived in the form of my production of ‘TOOLSIDAS JUNIOR’, (which is directed by Mridul), I cast him in it.”

“It was really lovely to work with Rajiv. On sets, he was an absolute professional, and played the part with so much fun, dignity and ease. What an affable person he was. His performance in ‘Toolsidas Junior’ is going to surprise everyone. Sadly, he won’t be there to enjoy the accolades he was surely going to receive. My team had called him just a couple of days ago, to set up his interviews for the promotion of ‘Toolsidas Junior’. And now, I still cannot believe that I am talking about him in the past tense,” he added.

Ashutosh also took to his Twitter handle and shared Rajiv Kapoor’s photo. He wrote, “Saddened to hear about the passing of Rajiv Kapoor! I was a fan from his Ram Teri Ganga Maili days. We had wrapped shoot for my home production TOOLSIDAS JUNIOR, directed by Mridul! Rajiv was so affable and played his part with much fun & ease. Will miss him deeply!!”

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‘Toolsidas Junior’ is an inspiring human sports drama produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Ashutosh Gowariker and Sunita Gowariker. It is written and directed by Mridul.

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