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‘Toolsidas Junior’ allowed us to bring Rajiv & Sanjay together: Ashutosh Gowariker

With ‘Toolsidas Junior’ Ashutosh Gowariker & producer Bhushan Kumar join hands to bring audiences a sports entertainer with a heart. Exploring the sport of snooker for the very first time in the Indian film landscape, the makers also managed to pull off a casting coup!

The sports drama set in 1994, brings together the late Rajiv Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt, sons of cinema legends Raj Kapoor and Sunil Dutt who have worked in cult films that have gone on to become evergreen classics for all age groups of the audience. With their parents being known as India’s most iconic and legendary actors, there is much anticipation to watch their sons collaborate on screen in this sports drama.

While the film remains special for many reasons, the biggest for the entire team including Sanjay Dutt remains that ‘Toolsidas Junior’ was Rajiv Kapoor’s last film.

Speaking on the film, producer Gowariker says, “Both Rajiv and Sanjay have an iconic lineage – with legendary stars of the 50’s-60’s as parents. However, both were never cast together in their initial films. This script allowed us to bring them together and thankfully, both consented.”

Further, Mridul who is the writer and director of ‘Toolsidas Junior’ says, “In my growing up years, my Dad showed me many of Raj Kapoor and Sunil Dutt saab’s films. It’s surreal to have both of their Juniors in my first film.”

Depicting the motivational story of a young boy driven by passion for the game of Snooker and his emotional and affectionate relationship with his father, ‘Toolsidas Junior’ offers the ideal collective family viewing experience on Netflix, catering to all audiences.

Marking the last film of the late actor Rajiv Kapoor, ‘Toolsidas Junior’ stars Varun Buddhadev and Sanjay Dutt in leading roles. The sports drama set in 1994’s Calcutta,  journeys through life of a snooker champion played by Kapoor, who loses his heart after losing an important match. His son, played by Buddhadev, takes it upon himself to bring his father’s name back to the winner’s list.

Gulshan Kumar & T-Series present an Ashutosh Gowariker Productions’ ‘Toolsidas Junior’. Produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Ashutosh Gowariker & Sunita Gowariker, the film written & directed by Mridul starts streaming on Netflix on April 19.

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