Raju Srivastav

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Raju Srivastava
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Raju Srivastav during an event
Birth name Satya Prakash Srivastava
Born (1963-12-25) 25 December 1963 (age 54)
Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
Nationality Indian
Genres Observational comedy
Spouse Shikha Srivastava
Children Antara Srivastava, Aayushmaan Srivastava
Notable works and roles Standup Comedy on The Great Indian Laughter Challenge
Website www.rajusrivastav.in

Raju Srivastava (born Satya Prakash Srivastava on 25 December 1963), often credited as Gajodhar or Raju Shrivastav, is one of the most popular comedians in India. He is best known for his observational comedy about various instances in daily life. He revealed in a podcast that he is related to actor Amitabh Bachchan through a common relative.

Early life[edit]

Raju Srivastava was born on 25 December 1963, in Kanpur, India in a middle class Kayastha family. His father was a very famous poet, Mr. Ramesh Chandra Srivastava known as Balai Kaka. Being a good mimic, Raju nursed the dream of becoming a comedian since childhood. In his school time he used to imitate his teachers. He gained stardom as a versatile comedian.

Career[edit]

Srivastav has performed in thousands of stage shows in India and abroad. He also launched a series of his audio cassettes and video CDs. He gained initial stardom as an Amitabh Bachchan look-alike and also imitated him very well.

He started his career by doing small roles in Bollywood films. He landed in Mumbai (then Bombay), and after a few years did a blink-and-you-miss role in the superhit Rajshri movie Maine Pyar Kiya. He did many other small roles in various movies such as Baazigar & Bombay to Goa, mostly an inconspicuous comic role. He was starting to be recognised for his work as an actor cum comedian with Bollywood movie Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiyaa.

He got his big break with the comedy talent show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge. He finished as second runner-up and then took part in the spin-off, The Great Indian Laughter Challenge - Champions, in which he won the title of "The King of Comedy" from where his journey as a stand-up comedian started.

After that, he was noticed by many filmmakers and got regular assignments in movies with bigger roles. Raju has been an avid supporter of good comedy and criticized vulgarity.

He participated in Big Boss - 3, Indian counterpart of the Big Brother. After staying in the house for more than two months he was voted out on December 4, 2009. He wanted Vindu Dara Singh to win Bigg Boss season 3 as he thinks Vindu is good at heart. And Vindu did win 'Bigg Boss' season 3.

He has participated in the comedy show Comedy Ka Maha Muqabla.[1] In 2013, Raju along with his wife participated in Nach Baliye 6 which is a dance couple show on Star Plus. He also appeared on Comedy Nights with Kapil.

He also appeared in a show called Mazaak Mazaak Mein a.k.a. 'The Indian Mazaak League'. It was a stand up comedy show which aired on Life Ok. The show is produced by Balaji Telefilms of Ekta Kapoor and Shobha Kapoor. Popular cricketers Harbhajan Singh and Shoaib Akhtar were seen as the judges of the show.

Political career[edit]

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's Samajwadi Party fielded Srivastava from Kanpur in the 2014 Lok Sabha election.[2] But on 11 March 2014, Srivastava returned the ticket, saying he was not getting enough support from the local units of the party.[3][4] After that he joined Bhartiya Janta Party on 19 March 2014.[5][6][7]

Prime Minister Narendra Modi nominated him to be part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Since then he has been promoting cleanliness through his events in different cities. He has made various music videos for promoting cleanliness. He has also shot various TV commercials and social service message videos for Swacha Bharat Abhiyaan.

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Shikha Srivastava and has two children named Antara Srivastava & Aayushmaan Srivastava. Shikha is a homemaker. Raju along with his wife Shikha participated in Nach Baliye 6 which is an dance couple show on Star Plus. Show did really well. They both entertained the audience with their chemistry in dance and comedy.

Raju's daughter, Antra Srivastava got National Bravery Award from that time prime minister Dr.Manmohan Singh and President Dr.A.P.J Abdul Kalam. Antara is an upcoming actress, currently[when?] she is shooting for a film called Vodka Diaries. it is being directed by Kushal Srivastava who is nephew of Raju Srivastava.

Raju Srivastav received threatening calls from Pakistan warning him not to crack jokes on underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and Pakistan during his shows.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Cinema[edit]

Year Name Role Notes
1988 Tezaab Cameo role
1989 Maine Pyaar Kiya Truck Cleaner
1993 Baazigar College Student
Mr. Azaad
2001 Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiyaa Baba Chin Chin Choo
2002 Waah! Tera Kya Kehna Banne Khan's assistant
2003 Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon Shambhu, Sanjana's servant
2006 Vidyaarthi: The Power of Students Inspector JK
2007 Big Brother Autorickshaw Driver & Rizwan Ahmed
Bombay to Goa Anthony Gonsalves
2010 Bhavnaon ko Samjho Daya from Gaya
Barood : (The Fire) - A Love Story'
2017 Toilet: Ek Prem Katha
Firangi special appearance

TV Series[edit]

Name Period Genre Channel Notes
The Great Indian Laughter Challenge Season1 Comedy STAR One
Bigg Boss[9] Season3 (2009)
Shaktiman 1998-2005 Doordarshan as Dhurandhar Singh
Tea Time Manoranjan 1994 Comedy Doordarshan
Masti TV
Raju Hazir Ho
Comedy Ka Maha Muqabala March-June 2011 Comedy STAR Plus
Comedy Circus 2007-2014 Comedy Sony Entertainment Television
Dekh Bhai Dekh 1993-1994 Sitcom DD Metro Cameo role
Laugh India Laugh July-September 2012 Stand-up comedy Life OK
Nautanki- The Come
Nach Baliye[10] Season6 Dance Reality Television STAR Plus
Comedy Nights with Kapil[11] 2013-2016 Comedy Chat Show Colors TV
The Kapil Sharma Show 2016-2017 Stand-up comedy Sony TV
Adaalat 2010-2016 Courtroom drama Sony TV as Raju Chaurasia
Gangs of Haseepur[12] April-July 2014 Comedy Reality television Zee TV a Host

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