Raju Srivastava, the person who introduced an endearing high quality to observational humour

Raju Srivastava discovered humour in every part that affected human lives, however by no means allowed comedy to develop into political commentary and retained the innocence of the artwork type

Raju Srivastava discovered humour in every part that affected human lives, however by no means allowed comedy to develop into political commentary and retained the innocence of the artwork type

One of many foremost comedians of India who discovered humour within the smallest of real-life experiences, Raju Srivastava, 58, handed away in Delhi on Wednesday greater than a month after he suffered a coronary heart assault. He was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences and was on ventilator assist for the final 41 days. He’s survived by his spouse Shikha and two youngsters. 

Hailing from Kanpur, Raju, whose official title is Satya Prakash Srivastava, was recognized for bringing an endearing high quality to his observational comedy, the place he might take advantage of incisive of feedback with out hurting the feelings of the topic. Till the top, he retained the picture of the boy-next-door who stored the neighborhood in good humour.

Raju grew up within the tradition of poetic soirees which his father, a authorities servant and poet, used to attend. In a kind of soirees, a neighourhood uncle launched him as ‘Raju’ and the title caught. The grooming helped Raju in writing his personal units and keep away from vulgar innuendos. His father’s assist allowed his goals to take wings, and he shifted to Mumbai within the early Eighties.

These had been the times when stand-up comedy had but to seek out roots in India, however Raju might mimic movie stars and shortly emerged as a proficient artist who might copy Amitabh Bachchan. Alongside Johnny Lever, who was a longtime title at the moment, Raju grew to become a daily characteristic on Doordarshan reveals and movie award capabilities, and labored as a filler throughout music concert events by outstanding singers.

On the flip of the millennium, when the style of stand-up comedy reached Indian shores with  The Nice Indian Laughter Problem and several other spin-offs, Raju’s profession noticed a spike and he received the title of the ‘King of Comedy.’ The reveals gave Raju the chance to maneuver past the mimicry of Bollywood stars and produce his ability at observational humour to the stage.

It additionally gave a brand new life to his character of Gajodhar bhaiyya, a simpleton villager whose witty feedback on the problems of rural India within the dialect of Jap Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, struck a chord with a pan-Indian viewers. With Gajodhar, Raju efficiently inverted the gaze and instructed the metro viewers how a villager appears at their shenanigans. He at all times maintained that almost all of individuals residing in huge cities are migrants from villages who’ve misplaced contact with the grassroots, however yearn to return in time.

He might discover humour in animal behaviour and even inanimate objects. Be it a yawning cow at a small city crossing, the expertise on a prepare and a marriage buffet, or a ticking bomb ready to blow up, Raju discovered humour in every part that affected human lives. From Mamata Banerjee and Lalu Prasad Yadav to Baba Ramdev, huge names featured in his units however, Raju by no means allowed comedy to develop into political commentary and retained the innocence of the artwork type.

There was a time when basic leisure channels used to run his outdated reveals for hours to spike the TRP scores. From  Maine Pyar Kiya and  Baazigar to  Journey Bombay to Goa, Raju featured in a number of movies however in contrast to Lever, Raju’s real-life picture had develop into so robust that individuals hardly accepted him as a sidekick for comedian aid. He additionally participated in  Bigg Boss and  Nach Baliye, the place his comedian timing overshadowed the talents required for the truth reveals.

Within the final decade, Raju turned to social work and politics in Uttar Pradesh and used his ability to drive cleanliness and COVID-19 vaccine campaigns of the federal government. He joined the Samajwadi Social gathering in 2014, however quickly shifted allegiance to the Bharatiya Janta Social gathering and was appointed as an envoy of Swachch Bharat Abhiyan by PM Narendra Modi. In 2019, Raju was appointed chairman of the UP Movie Improvement Council and he actively labored to understand Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s dream to create a world-class Movie Metropolis in Higher Noida.


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