Barely three months ago, actor-comedian Raju Srivastava had the entire audience in splits, when he performed on the stage of Hunar Haat in Agra on May 28, 2022. Now, as Raju Srivastava has been cremated today in Delhi, that iconic performance is the final memory of the comedian left with the people of Agra, who still remember his mimicry of superstar Amitabh Bachchan and politician Lalu Prasad Yadav. Raju was also a frequent performer at the annual Taj Mahotsav held in Agra during the month of February.
FANS FONDLY REMEMBER RAJU SRIVASTAVA
Several of Raju Srivastava's fans got emotional remembering his character Gajodhar Bhaiya. Hindustani Biradari Vice-Chairman Vishal Sharma said that Raju Srivastava's comedy was quite relatable to everyone's lives, and that is what made his acts popular. He said that Raju's acts were original and brought smiles to the faces of people even in tense moments. "It will not be easy to forget such a beloved comedian," he added.
Sharma said that when Raju was on ventilator support, initially there was some hope that he will survive this, but as days passed, it was becoming clear that the actor-comedian will probably not make it, and after 40 days of battle between life and death, 58 years old Raju Srivastava breathed his last.
Senior citizen Uma Shanker Sharma, a resident of Agra, said that Raju Srivastava had to struggle a lot to reach this point, and the Great Indian Laughter Challenge brought him the much-needed fame. He recalled that Raju's character Reporter Dhurandhar Singh on Shaktimaan was one of the few memorable roles that he played on TV before the advent of satellite television and social media.
Social activist Sameer demanded that Yogi Government should announce a social welfare project or award in Raju Srivastava's memory, as he brought fame to Uttar Pradesh.
RAJU SRIVASTAVA CREMATED IN DELHI
Raju Srivastava had suffered severe brain damage after the cardiac arrest, and had remained unconscious and under observation at AIIMS, Delhi since August 10. He passed away on September 21, and after a postmortem, he was cremated on September 22. Raju Srivastava's brother-in-law had earlier confirmed that Raju's funeral will be held in Delhi. The comedian's body was taken to Dashratpuri near Dwarka, Delhi. His last rites were held in Nigambodh Ghat in Delhi, which is located on the banks of the Yamuna river coast.