Satya Prakash Srivastava, known professionally as Raju Srivastava and often credited as Gajodhar, was an Indian comedian, actor, and politician. He made a place in the hearts of every citizen of India with his comedy talent. And soon he became the uncrowned king of comedy. We still entertain ourselves with their stories, jokes, and acting. But after some time Raju Srivastava was hospitalized in AIIMS Delhi for 41 days, comedian Raju Srivastava died at the age of 58 on 21 September 2022 at 10.20 am. Who was Raju Srivastava, what was his biography, how did he become the king of comedy, how did he get the name “Gajodhar“, how did he step into comedy and how did he start his career in Bollywood films? will know in this article.
Biography of Comedian Raju Srivastava
Satya Prakash Srivastava (25 December 1963 – 21 September 2022), known professionally as Raju Srivastava and often known as Gajodhar, was an Indian comedian, actor, and politician. He ventured into stand-up comedy with the talent show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge, ending as second runner-up, The Great Indian Laughter Challenge – Champions, in which he won the title. “King of Comedy”.
Srivastava married Shikha of Lucknow on 1 July 1993 and they have two children Antara and Ayushmann. In 2010, Srivastava received threatening calls from Pakistan, warning him not to make fun of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and Pakistan during his show.
Srivastava also participated in Big Brother (franchise), the Indian equivalent of Bigg Boss (Hindi Season 3). He later participated in the comedy show Comedy Ka Maha Muqabla.
He died on 21 September 2022 at around 10:20 am.
Comedy, Bollywood, and Political Career of Raju Srivastava
Raju Srivastava started his career with small roles in Bollywood films. He played Rajshri Productions’ Maine Pyaar Kiya  and other minor roles in films such as Baazigar and Bombay to Goa.  He worked as an actor and comedian in the Bollywood film Aamdani Athani Kharcha Rupaiya.
In 2013, Raju and his wife participated in Nach Baliye Season 6, a duet dance show on StarPlus. Comedian Raju has also appeared in Sony TV’s popular show Comedy Nights with Kapil. He also appeared in a show called Joke Mein aka ‘The Indian Joke League’. This stand-up comedy show used to air on Life OK. The judges of the show were famous cricketers, Harbhajan Singh and Shoaib Akhtar.
List of Raju Srivastav movies and TV shows
|1989||Maine Pyaar Kiya||Truck Cleaner|
|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|
|2007||Big Brother||Autorickshaw Driver & Rizwan Ahmed|
|2007||Bombay to Goa||Anthony Gonsalves|
|2010||Bhavnaon ko Samjho||Daya from Gaya|
|2010||Barood : (The Fire) – A Love Story‘|
|2017||Toilet: Ek Prem Katha|
|1994||Dekh Bhai Dekh|
|1994||Tea Time Manoranjan||Himself|
|2005||The Great Indian Laughter Challenge||Contestant|
|2007–2014||Comedy Circus||Various characters|
|2008–2009||Raju Hazir Ho||Himself|
|2011||Comedy Ka Maha Muqabala||Contestant|
|2012||Laugh India Laugh||Himself|
|2013–2016||Comedy Nights with Kapil||Various characters|
|2014||Gangs of Haseepur||Host|
|2016–2017||The Kapil Sharma Show||Various characters|
Raju Srivastava’s last life
As usual on 10th August 2022, Raju Srivastava was working out in the gym. Then he suffered a heart attack and was admitted to Delhi AIIMS. He underwent angioplasty after suffering a heart attack and was put on a ventilator. Raju Srivastava’s health showed slight improvement after being hospitalized for more than a month following the attack, while Raju’s health deteriorated earlier this week. And on Wednesday, 21 September 2022, he died in Delhi at the age of 58.
Celebrities from the industry and their comedian friends have condoled the comedian’s demise. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, lyricist Manoj Muntashir and actor Rajpal Yadav among others paid tributes to Raju Srivastava.