September 30, 2022
RIP Raju Srivastava: From driving an auto to getting ₹50 for comedy.. Life was full of struggles

Raju Srivastava Death: Today we lost one of the most precious stars of the Indian comedy world, Raju Srivastava. Raju passed away on Wednesday at around 10:30 am at AIIMS, New Delhi. One of the most celebrated Indian comedians, Raju Srivastava’s journey as an artist and a person was full of struggles and innovations.

Raju was born in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh to a government employee and poet Ramesh Chandra Srivastava and housewife Saraswati Srivastava. Raju was named Satya Prakash Srivastava at birth and from his childhood he dreamed of becoming a comic artist and he moved to Mumbai to realize his dream in the 1980s.

Raju Srivastava rose to fame in 2005 after participating in the comedy show Great Indian Laughter Challenge. However, Srivastava had been trying it for a long time. He returned to the entertainment industry in the 1980s playing minor roles in Bollywood and attempted to make a name for himself.

But the road to fame was not easy for Raju, popularly known as the “King of Comedy”. When he arrived in Mumbai in the early 1980s, Srivastava made a living by driving an autorickshaw in the city. In his spare time, he used to do shows for Rs 50 as a comedy artist.

mountain of sorrow broken on the family

His entire family is deeply saddened by the demise of Raju Srivastava. His fans and his close ones are condoling his death. Raju Srivastava’s condition was critical and after being admitted to the hospital, he was put on ventilator. Raju did not regain consciousness after being admitted to the hospital. However, his family and close friends were expecting him to return till the last hour.

According to reports, Raju complained of deteriorating health after falling off the treadmill during a workout at the gym and was taken to AIIMS, a nearby hospital in Delhi. Raju already had heart problems and had stents.

Steps were taken towards politics

Srivastava entered politics in 2014 with a Samajwadi Party ticket for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. He later returned the ticket citing low support from the local people and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in the same year. He was part of the Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and was often seen promoting cleanliness through programs in various cities across the country.

Srivastava continued to do low-profile gigs, ranging from Doordarshan’s ‘Tee Time Manoranjan’ in 1994 to appearing in Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Baazigar’. He later got a role in ‘Shaktimaan’.

He caught the attention of the nation by performing in ‘The Great Indian Laughter Challenge’. He was the second runner-up in the show, but won the title of ‘King of Comedy’ in the spin-off show ‘The Great Indian Laughter Challenge’.

His stage characters like Gajodhar Bhaiya in the show have been liked by all. He also appeared in the third season of reality television shows ‘Bigg Boss’, ‘Nach Baliye 6’ and ‘Comedy Nights with Kapil’. Raju Srivastava’s last rites will be performed in Delhi.

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