The story ended in such a way that the world started crying while clapping…!!- raju srivastava death The Life story ended in such a way that the world started crying while clapping
Raju Srivastav was an expert in the art of living. This is the reason why people would have laughter in their faces when they performed by putting the inconsistencies and ironies of life in humor, but the matter would have gone down to the heart. Hardil Aziz Comedy King Raju may not be with us today, but he will never be forgotten. On Thursday, 22 September, Raju merged with Panchatattva. He used to know the art of laughing and is sure that he will now make everyone laugh by decorating the stage in other worlds as well. Raju Srivastava, who left the world in just 58 years, is not just a comedian. He was the owner of a very gentle personality. The one who was always present for his loved ones.
Mother wanted son to become IAS/IPS
Ramesh Chandra Srivastava, father of Raju Srivastava, born on 25 December 1963 in Kanpur, was a poet popular in his locality by the name of Balai Kaka. Raju’s mother wanted her son to become an IPS or IAS officer, but Raju was fond of comedy. The film ‘Sholay’ changed Raju’s life. He started mimicking Amitabh Bachchan’s dialogues from ‘Sholay’ and with that, a series of stage shows started in his vicinity. But Raju was dreaming of engulfing the world of comedy and that is why he came to Mumbai.
50 bucks needed and Amitabh Bachchan
Little money was sent to him for everyday expenses in Mumbai, but when they started falling short, Raju started driving an auto. He had told, ‘I often used to make my passenger laugh by mimicking while driving the auto. I got a show through one such passenger. I got 50 rupees from that show for mimicking Bachchan sahib (Amitabh Bachchan). Fifty rupees used to be a lot in those days. It must be said that when Raju, better known as Junior Amitabh Bachchan, was hospitalized recently, Big B sent a voice note in his own voice congratulating him.
Entertained Tea Time Before Laughter Challenge
Raju, popularly known as Gajodhar Bhaiya in ‘The Great Indian Laughter Challenge’, which came on the small screen in 2005, had previously entertained the audience a lot in T-time entertainment on Doordarshan in 1998 at 3.30 pm. Raju had told, ‘When I came to Mumbai, for standup comedians like us, Johnny bhai (Johnny Lever) used to be the uncrowned king of comedy. When I met him in Mumbai, I thought my dream had come true. Johnny bhai guided and supported me a lot. Raju had to struggle very hard. However, before joining Laughter Challenge, his cassettes like Hanso Aur Hansao and Raju Aala had become quite popular. He also did stand-up comedy on many platforms, but he had to struggle a lot to get a chance in films. When work was not available, Raju used to make a living by mimicking 100-50 rupees in small birthday parties. But then the Laughter Challenge proved to be the turning point of his career. Raju was the runner-up in this stand up comedy show, but his comedy made everyone laugh. After that there was no need to look back.
Laughed and tickled with many movies and TV shows
In the beginning of his career, Raju appeared in a small role of a truck cleaner in Salman Khan’s film Maine Pyaar Kiya. After that he appeared in many films like ‘Tezaab’, ‘Baazigar’, ‘Abhay’, ‘Mr Azad’, ‘Amadani Athani Kharkha Rupaiya’, ‘Main Prem Ki Deewani Hoon’, ‘Toilet – Ek Prem Katha’ and ‘Firangi’. Worked. On the small screen, he entertained the audience to the fullest in ‘Shaktimaan’, ‘Raju Hazar Ho’, ‘Comedy Ka Hansipur’, ‘Comedy Ka Maha Muqabla’, ‘Bigg Boss’, ‘Comedy Circus’, and ‘Comedy Nights with Kapil’. . Raju is survived by his wife and two children. His daughter Antara is an assistant director, while son Ayushmann is currently studying in college.
Raju proved to be my ace of spades – Shekhar Suman
Shekhar Suman says, ‘I have known Raju for the last 20-25 years. There are countless memories attached. I was introduced to him by Markand Adhikari of Adhikari Brothers. Markand loved Raju very much. Often he used to call Raju to his office and after that the process of Raju’s mimicry would start and we used to laugh a lot. I remember. It’s 1994. I was shooting for director Vinod Pandey’s serial Reporter and there was a night shift. While holding me a scene of ten pages, Vinod said, there is a shift till 5 in the morning and you have to do this scene in one take. There was very little time left. I asked him who is the co-star together? So he said Raju Srivastava. We started the scene and I can’t tell you that it was five minutes to five o’clock and we finished that scene in one take, so this was Raju’s spontaneity in acting. He used to call me brother. When I became the judge of The Great Indian Laughter Challenge, Raju came to me. He was in a lot of trouble. He said, brother, should I participate in this show or not? Because all the participants coming in this are new and I have an identity of my own. Then if I do not prove to be a winner, then my career should not be harmed. I advised him that he must participate in this show, as it will help him achieve national level fame.
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Shaikh further says, ‘I remember Navjot Singh Sidhu, the second judge of the show, praised Bhagwant Singh Mann, who was a participant at that time, but I told him that my ace of Hukum will prove to be Raju Srivastava. Indeed, Raju became quite popular as Gajodhar Bhaiya. It is a different matter that for some reason Ehsan Qureshi and Sunil Pal went ahead and Raju was the second runner up, but he won the hearts of the people in every way. After that show he came very close to me. We used to meet often at events, functions and also in private. He always used to meet me very lovingly. Recently, 15 days back, both of us came as sarpanch in the shooting of Laughter Challenge. Then I found him and I found him very weak. His hands were trembling. I even asked him if he was well. So he said, all is well and after 15 days I got the shocking news that he is in a critical condition in the hospital.
I ran out of money to get a house, so Raju Bhai helped – Ehsaan Qureshi
Renowned comedian and Laughter Challenge partner Ehsan Qureshi also gets emotional remembering Raju Srivastava. He says, “I first met Raju Bhai years ago during The Great Indian Laughter Challenge. When I met him, he was a big figure to me. There were many cassettes like his Hanso Aur Hansaao, Raju Aala Re. He had worked with big stars like Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor. During the same show, we became very attached to the people and then see Sanjog, later on we also became neighbors in Oshiwara-Andheri. How can I forget, when I was buying my house in Oshiwara, I was running short of some money. Then Raju bhai was the only person who helped me buy the house. Whenever he would come home, I would tell him, you have a contribution in my house too, then he would say, don’t say that.’
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Ehsan Qureshi says, ‘We have a very family relationship between the two. I also have a son and daughter and theirs too. He has a lot of desire for his daughter’s marriage. They are great family lovers. He has 6 brothers. Often he shares the tension of his brothers and family with me. We get along a lot. Recently both of us had received the award at a big event called Hunar Haat and that is when I met him. It took me a few weeks, so I asked him why he was looking so weak, then he said, I am dieting. But then I did not even think that he would not only have a heart attack but his brain would also be dead.
Help the needy people, do not beat drums – Sunil Pal
Comedian Sunil Pal says, ‘When I met Raju Bhai in 1995, he was a star for me. His stand up comedy and cassettes were very popular among our community of comedians. I was introduced to him by his younger brother Deepu Srivastava. As soon as I met him, I became his admirer. The specialty of Raju Bhai is that whoever goes to meet him from our tribe, he definitely gives him the conveyance and food. He helps the needy people a lot, but never beats the drums. When I got a chance to do the Laughter Challenge with him, I still felt that he deserved to be the judge of that show. They are a storehouse of talent. I meet him regularly. I just met him two weeks ago. I took an artist who mimicked Govinda to meet him. He was so happy to hear that artist’s mimicry that he quickly took out Rs 2000 and gave it to him. They are a very big pillar of support for our community. I consider him as my friend, philosopher, guide.