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Raju Srivastava used to get 50 rupees for mimicry, from an auto driver to become a comedy king, it was a lot of struggle – when raju srivastava used to get 50 rupees for comedy know unknown facts about him

Raju Srivastava, who created the fictional character of Gajodhar Bhaiya and made the audience laugh, is no more. Raju Srivastava breathed his last at Delhi AIIMS on September 21. Raju Srivastava was one of the contestants of India’s first stand-up comedy show ‘The Great Indian Laughter Challenge’ in 2005. Gajodhar Bhaiyya i.e. Raju did not win the show but continued to share laughter among people for the next 17 years. People were crazy about his style of comedy.

Comedian Raju Srivastava passed away, admitted to Delhi AIIMS for 42 days after a heart attack

Acharya supported Raju Srivastava

Born on 25 December 1963 in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, Raju Srivastava had art in his blood. His father Rameshchandra Srivastava ‘Balai Kaka’ was a noted Hindi poet. Raju Srivastava was fond of mimicry since his childhood. His school principal supported his hobby. In an interview, Raju said, “Others used to make fun of my mimicry but my principal supported me. I was also called to do commentary in gully cricket. I used to talk about the cricketers and not the shots because I knew them personally. It was my style that attracted people.”

Sad to see you in Mumbai

Raju Srivastava is remembered by people for his Amitabh Bachchan mimicry. However, he was also good at mimicking actors like Dharmendra and Shatrughan Sinha. Raju Srivastava loved to make people laugh by doing comedy. He came to Mumbai in 1988 to make this hobby a career. Raju Srivastav struggled a lot before achieving success in Mumbai, the city of dreams. In an interview, Raju said that when he came to Mumbai, people did not see comedians as artists. Comedy then started with Johnnie Walker and ended with Johnnie Lever. Initially, Raju was short of money as he could not find work.

Raju used to drive a rickshaw to meet expenses

Raju Srivastav drove a rickshaw to meet expenses. In an interview, he said that he used to make the passengers laugh by telling jokes in the rickshaw. Impressed by his art, people used to give him bounties in addition to the rickshaw fare. One day he got his first break in stand up comedy because of a passenger in his rickshaw. Raju Srivastava struggled for many years. After getting the first break, he started getting work. At that time comedians were getting only 50 rupees.

Mimicry used to get 50 rupees

Raju Srivastav said that during the days of struggle, he used to get 50 rupees when he went to birthday parties and performed comedy. After which he also played small roles in films. However, his fortunes changed after the show ‘The Great Indian Laughter Challenge’. After that he continued climbing the ladder of success and never looked back. Raju Srivastava’s comedy was loved by people of all age groups. He is equally known for political mimicry. He has mimicked Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Lalu Prasad Yadav, Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Died after 42 days in hospital

It may be mentioned that Raju Srivastava suffered a heart attack on August 10. He suffered a heart attack while exercising in a gym in Delhi. He was immediately admitted to Delhi AIIMS and underwent angioplasty. After fighting to the death for 42 days, Raju lost. He breathed his last on September 21.

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