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Raju Srivastav Biography – An Indian Comedian, Actor and Politician

Satya Prakash Srivastava, known professionally as Raju Srivastava & often credited as Gajodhar, was an Indian comedian, actor and politician.

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Real Name: Satya Prakash Srivastava
Profession: Indian comedian and actor
Birthplace: Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
Spouse: Shikha Srivastava
Age: 58

Satya Prakash Srivastava, known professionally as Raju Srivastava & often credited as Gajodhar, (25 December 1963–21 September 2022) was an Indian comedian, actor, and politician. He ventured into stand-up comedy with the talent show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge and finished as second runner-up, subsequently taking part in the spin-off, The Great Indian Laughter Challenge – Champions, in which he won the title of “The King of Comedy”.

Raju Srivastav Biography
Raju Srivastav Biography

Srivastav also participated in Bigg Boss (Hindi season 3), the Indian counterpart of the Big Brother (franchise). After staying in the house for more than two months he was voted out on 4 December 2009. He later participated in the comedy show Comedy Ka Maha Muqabala.

Raju Srivastava Biography
Birth name Satya Prakash Srivastava
Born 25 December 1963 (age 58)
Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died 21 September 2022
Resting place Delhi, India
Medium Hindi
Genres Observational comedy
Spouse Shikha Srivastava
Notable works and roles Standup Comedy on The Great Indian Laughter Challenge
Website www.rajusrivastav.in

Early career (Raju Srivastav Biography)

He started his career by doing small roles in Bollywood films. He had a part in the Rajshri Productions movie Maine Pyar Kiya and other small roles in various movies such as Baazigar and Bombay to Goa. He worked as an actor and comedian in the Bollywood movie Aamdani Atthanni Kharcha Rupaiya.

Raju Srivastav with PM Modi
Raju Srivastav with PM Modi

2013–present

In 2013, Raju along with his wife participated in Nach Baliye season 6, which is a couples dance show on StarPlus. He has 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. Popular cricketers Harbhajan Singh and Shoaib Akhtar were the judges of the show.

Political career

The Samajwadi Party fielded Srivastava from Kanpur for the 2014 Lok Sabha election. But on 11 March 2014, Srivastava returned the ticket, saying he was not getting enough support from the local units of the party. After that, he joined Bharatiya Janata Party on 19 March 2014.

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

Srivastav married Shikha from Lucknow on 1 July 1993. Together they have two children, Antara and Ayushman. In 2010, Srivastav received threatening calls from Pakistan warning him not to crack jokes on underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and Pakistan during his shows. He suffered a heart attack on 10 August 2022 while he was working out in the gym. He underwent an angioplasty and was put on a ventilator. The swelling was observed in his brain during his treatment and he was also treated by neurologists. His condition is stated to be critical.

Raju Srivastav with his Family
Raju Srivastav with his Family

Filmography (Raju Srivastav Biography)

Films

Year 1986 Title Role Notes
1988 Tezaab
1989 Maine Pyaar Kiya Truck Cleaner
1993 Baazigar College Student
Mr. Azaad
1994 Abhay
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 Jahan Jaaeyega Hamen Paaeyega Jailor
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

Year Series Role Notes
1994 Dekh Bhai Dekh Cameo
1994 Tea Time Manoranjan Himself
1998–2005 Shaktiman Dhurandhar Singh
2005 The Great Indian Laughter Challenge Contestant
2009 Bigg Boss Contestant
2007–2014 Comedy Circus Various characters
2008–2009 Raju Hazir Ho Himself
2011 Comedy Ka Maha Muqabala Contestant
2012 Laugh India Laugh Himself
2013–2014 Nach Baliye Contestant
2013–2016 Comedy Nights with Kapil Various characters
2014 Gangs of Haseepur Host
2015 Adaalat Raju Chaurasia
2016–2017 The Kapil Sharma Show Various characters

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