Raju Shrivastav, a popular Indian comedian who is well-known for his clean comedy drew his last breath earlier today after suffering from a heart attack. The veteran actor was admitted to the hospital last month on August 10.
The news of his untimely death left many in shock. Meanwhile, tributes came pouring in on him from his fans, Bollywood celebrities and standup comedians on social media.
In the 1980s, he moved to Mumbai and kick-started his movie career by performing small roles in Hindi films. Later on, he did a cameo role in Rajshri Productions movie Maine Pyar Kiya and other small roles in several other movies such as Baazigar and Bombay to Goa.
He drew plaudits for his comedy and acting skills and also gained a huge fan following. Moreover, he worked as an actor and comedian in the Hindi movie Aamdani Atthanni Kharcha Rupaiya.
For the unversed, he ventured into stand-up comedy in the year 2005 with the talent show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge. He performed really well and finished as the second runner-up.
During an interview in 2009, the comedian said that vulgarity in comedy shows was a huge concern for him. In 2013, he and his wife took part in Nach Baliye season 6, a couples dance show on StarPlus. He also once featured on Comedy Nights with Kapil.
Meanwhile, Rohan Joshi’s ‘abusive’ remark on Raju Srivastav’s death gets criticism. It all started when comedian Atul Khatri paid a rich tribute to Raju on social media. He wrote, “RIP Rajubhai You were such an inspiration to so many. Whenever you went on stage you lit it up. Your presence was such that when people just saw you there was an automatic smile on their faces. You will be truly missed A big loss for the Indian Stand-up Comedy scene #RajuSrivastav”.
To which, Rohan Joshi replied, “We haven’t lost a thing. Whether it was Kamra whether it was the roast or any comic in the news, Raju Srivastav took every opportunity he ever got to shit on newer comics especially after the new wave of standup started. He went on every f**kall news channel every time he was invited to go sh*t on an upcoming art form and call it offensive just because he couldn’t understand it and new stars were rising. He might have told a few good jokes but he understood nothing about the spirit of comedy or defending someone’s right to say something even if you don’t agree. Fk him and good riddance.”
Check out the screenshot of his post below:
Meanwhile, users schooled Rohan Joshi online.
Another user wrote, “If Rohan Joshi from the AIB fame has indeed written this, it is hypocritical and shameful. Raju Srivastava was a comic, and he had every right to share his views if he disagreed with the genre of AIB. To castigate a dead man who isn’t going to defend himself, is just despicable”