Raju Srivastava Dies At 58, Last Rites to be Performed Tomorrow in Delhi – LIVE Updates
Raju Srivastava Died of heart disease
Popular stand-up comedian Raju Srivastava left for his heavenly abode today, on September 21, after struggling for over a month in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of AIIMS, New Delhi. Raju had suffered a heart attack on August 10, while exercising on a treadmill in a gym in south Delhi.
He was immediately taken to AIIMS Delhi where he was undergoing treatment for over a month. The comedian best known for his stage character ‘Gajodhar’ passed away at the age of 58. His family confirmed the news of his death.
The comedian came to Mumbai from Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, in the 80s, with several dreams in his eyes. His initial days in the Maximum City were not easy. As he began to run out of money that he brought from home, he started driving a taxi to make ends meet. Initially, Raju did small roles in films like Tezaab (1988), Maine Pyar Kiya (1989) and Baazigar (1993) to survive in the city until he bagged a show on Doordarshan.
Raju Srivastava’s first big break was with Tea Time Manoranjan, a comedy show that aired on Doordarshan in 1994 – yes, the same year Sushmita Sen did us proud on the Miss Universe stage. Produced by Sri Adhikari Brothers, it became a launchpad for many celebrities, which included Vrajesh Hirjee and Smriti Irani, apart from Raju Srivastava. He was later seen as Dhurandhar Singh in Shaktimaan – a show that will forever remain close to the heart of every 90s kid.
However, The Great Indian Laughter Challenge (TGILC) was the turning point in Raju Srivastava’s professional life. He appeared as a contestant in the first season of the comedy reality show in 2005. Sunil Pal was the winner, while Raju was the second runner-up, but it was mostly Raju’s video clips that had gone viral in those days. People shared recorded pieces of his gigs from The Great Indian Laughter Challenge episode as Gajodhar Bhaiya – a character he made immortal – to cheer up their friends and family.