Goodbye “King of Comedy” Raju Srivastava
Raju Srivastava. Photo: Collected
Raju Srivastava. Photo: Collected
Raju Srivastava is called the king of comedy in India. He passed away today at the Indian Institute of Medical Sciences. He was 58 years old. He was admitted to AIIMS Hospital in Delhi on August 10 after experiencing chest pain while working out in the gym. He had a colorful life with stand-up comedy. From Bollywood movies to TV shows to reality shows, he was hugely popular everywhere.
Raju Srivastava’s real name is Satya Prakash Srivastava. He was also called “Gajdhar Bhaiya” for his famous role in stand-up comedy. Raju was born on December 25, 1963 in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. He dominated the comedy world for decades. You are loved by audiences of all ages. He was an inspiration to young and aspiring comedians.
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Born on December 25, 1963 in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, Raju Srivastava was the son of a middle class family. His father Ramesh Chandra Srivastava was a civil servant and a poet. His father was known to everyone as “Balai Kaka”.
Mimicry in school life
Raju excelled in mimicry since his school days. And with that, his career began. Dr. In an interview with Vivek Bindra, Raju explained how his school principal supported his mimicry. He said, “When others laughed at my impersonation, my manager supported me. I have also been called to mahalla (local) cricket matches for comment. I couldn’t talk about the shots played but I could talk about the players. Because I knew them personally. That’s what drew people to my style. Although Raju was well known for impersonating Amitabh Bachchan.
He has an interesting childhood story. He said so himself in an interview given to Bindra. It was about proposing to a girl. In Bindra’s interview, he said, “I proposed to a girl on Shashi Kapoor’s neck. But not by me – the girl was impressed by my imitation. He asked me to imitate other actors. In Shatrughan’s voice, Sinha and Dharmendra also said, “I love you”. But he laughed at all that!
Right after graduation, Raju Srivastava moved to Mumbai for films. According to Gnews, he drove a car for a while until he got a movie job after going to Mumbai. He was struggling at the time, GeneNews reported. He also did comedy shows for 50 rupees. After that, he acted in small roles in Hindi films. His journey began in 1988 with the film Tejab. In which he played the role of Anil Kapoor’s college friend. Even though he played a small role, he won everyone’s praise for his service. He then acted in small roles in Bollywood films like Manne Pyaar Kiya, Baazigar, Big Brother and Imbuha Atani Kosuta Rupiya.
The Great Indian Laughter Challenge
This show on Star One was a major turning point in Raju’s life. She appeared on the show’s first season in 2005 and became a household name. It has become a household name in India in its own right. His character “Gajdhar Bhaiya” received great appreciation from the audience. Raju Srivastava finished second on the show, but came first in popularity and won the title of “King of Comedy”. He was also loved by Indian politicians. He was also known to imitate political leaders. The list included – Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Lalu Prasad Yadav, Mulayam Singh Yadav – and even Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Other TV Shows
After gaining acclaim in The Great Indian Laughter Challenge, Raju Srivastava has appeared in many mainstream reality shows like Bigg Boss, Comedy Circus, Raju Hazira Ho, Laugh India Laugh and Comedy Ka Maha Mukabala. He has also participated in dance reality shows as a couple with his wife Shikha. The comedian has also worked with Kapil Sharma on popular shows like Comedy Nights with Kapil and The Kapil Sharma Show.
Raju Srivastava was actively involved in politics. He joined the Samajwadi party in 2014, when he was nominated for the Lok Sabha election in Kanpur. However, he was unhappy with the support of the local party unit and returned the party ticket. Later, he supported the Bharatiya Janata Party. In 2014, he joined their Bharatiya Janata Party. Prime Minister Narendra Modi made him the brand ambassador of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. The comedian promotes cleanliness through shows and music videos. He promoted cleanliness and hygiene through television commercials. He also served as Chairman of the North Bengal Film Development Board.
wife and family
Raju Srivastava’s father’s name is Rameshchandra Srivastava. Her mother’s name is Saraswati Srivastava. He has a younger brother named Deepu Srivastava. Raju Srivastava married Shikha on July 1, 1993 from Lucknow. They have two children – Antara and Ayushman.
With the passing of Raju Srivastava, India has lost a legendary comedian who never failed to bring a smile to audiences.
Sources: Gnews, Times of India, Deccan Herald, DNA
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