Raju Srivastava: Popular Indian comedian dies aged 58



Srivastava was known as the common man’s comedian.

He was born in 1963 in the city of Kanpur in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. His father Ramesh Srivastava was a poet.

In his childhood, Raju Srivastava had developed the talent of doing mimicry. His indomitable ability to imitate Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan later became famous in the world of Hindi language comedy.

Srivastava began doing comedy in the 1980s when state-run Doordarshan TV was India’s main source of entertainment.

His first sketch Hassan Mana Hai (Laughter is prohibited) appeared in the form of an audio cassette.

In the late 1980s, Srivastava moved to Mumbai, the country’s film capital, to be closer to Bollywood.

He debuted as an actor in Salman Khan starrer Maine Pyaar Kiya. He appeared in many popular movies like Baazigar and Toilet: Ek Prem Katha.

But comedy remained his mainstay.


Srivastava enthralled the audience as a participant in The Great Indian Laughter Challenge, and was known for his spontaneity in telling jokes.

In an interview, he joked that he wore bright, colorful clothes because “my shows are held at fairs in cities like Lucknow and Patna, where there are huge crowds. So when I wear these clothes, people look at me.” Can see from afar.”

Like many Indian entertainers, Srivastava also ventured into politics.

He ran for the Samajwadi Party in Kanpur in the 2014 national election. He later withdrew from the race. Months later, he joined the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Srivastava was undergoing treatment at a hospital in the capital Delhi after suffering a heart attack on August 10.

The comedian was taken to the hospital and put on life support system after suffering chest pain and collapsing during a gym workout.

Last week, his family said that Srivastava was recovering slowly but was on ventilator.

Srivastava joined the entertainment industry in the 1980s as an actor in Hindi films.

He rose to fame in 2005 after participating in a reality show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge for stand-up comedy.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute on the news of Srivastava’s death.


Raju Srivastava: Popular Indian comedian dies aged 58