Death of Raju Srivastava: Anil Kapoor, Rajpal Yadav, Vivek Agnihotri pay tribute

Comedian Raju Srivastava, who rose to prominence as a comedian and also acted in films, died on Wednesday after more than 40 days in hospital. Raju died aged 58 at AIIMS Delhi. He was admitted after suffering a heart attack on August 10 while training at a hotel gym in Delhi. Several Bollywood celebrities mourned his death on social media platforms and paid tribute. Taking inspiration from her Instagram Stories, Anil Kapoor posted a photo from their movie together and wrote, “Om Shanti.” (Also read | When Raju Srivastava said Kapil Sharma was ‘unable to handle the pressure of success’)

Director Vivek Agnihotri shared a video message on Twitter. He credited Raju with only taking on the stand-up comedy trend. He wrote in Hindi: “There is no such friend or stranger as Raju Srivastava has not brought laughter. Raju brother, gone too soon. You were a true stand-up comedy legend. Om Shanti #RajuShrivastava .” Actor Ajay Devgn posted a black and white photo of Raju on Twitter. He said: “In your lifetime, you have given us laughs and more laughs, on and off screen. Your untimely demise makes me very sad. RIP Raju. Om Shanti. May the Almighty give mercy strength to your family in this hour of mourning.”

Ajay Devgn posted a black and white photo of Raju on Twitter.

Sudhir Mishra tweeted: “Raju Srivastava is gone! Hope the lesson he leaves behind is that irreverence should be our default state. Laughing in the face of authority is a basic right. Alvida (goodbye)! ” Rajpal Yadav shared a photo of Raju on Instagram and wrote, “I have no words to describe this loss. You left us too soon. You will miss my brother. I can’t believe it. #RajuSrivastav #RIP.” “Raju Srivastava Om Shanti RIP,” filmmaker Rakesh Roshan wrote on Instagram. Sanjay Gupta said, “Rest in peace Raju. Thank you for all these years of fun and laughter.”

Mika Singh tweeted a photo of Raju and wrote, “Great comedian, most humble and respected @iRajuSrivastava bhai sadly left us his memories. God bless his soul, rest in eternal peace. Om Shanti.” Shekhar Suman said on Twitter, “What I dreaded for a month has happened. Raju Srivastava has left us all for his heavenly home. Devastated to hear the news. May God grant him eternal peace. #OmShanti.”

Nimrat Kaur tweeted, “Sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of the late Raju Srivastava ji. God bless his journey to light #RIPRajuSrivastava.” Divya Dutta wrote on Twitter: “Heartbreaking to hear about the sad demise of #rajusrivastava. My first movie was part and parcel of it. Thank you for all the smiles. The laughs and the warmth. RIP. God bless give strength to your family.”

Sonu Sood shared a photo of Raju on Twitter and wrote, “RIP Raju Bhai (brother).” Prasoon Joshi tweeted, “Truly sad to hear of the unfortunate passing of Raju Shrivastava. A dear friend, a genius with an incomparable insightful mind. Such an irreparable loss to the creative world. Just heartbreaking. #RajuSrivastava #rajusrivastava @ iRajuSrivastava.” Madhur Bhandarkar tweeted a throwback photo with Raju. He wrote, “Saddened to hear the tragic news of Raju Srivastav’s untimely passing. He made us all laugh with his incredible comedic timing for so many years we lost a gem. My deepest condolences to the members of his family and fans. #OmShanti.”

After his death, his brother Dipoo Srivastava told the PTI news agency: “I got a call in the morning saying he was gone. This is really sad news. He was fighting for his life in hospital for more than 40 days.” Raju is survived by his wife and two children. He was pronounced dead at 10:20 a.m.

Raju acted in Hindi films such as Maine Pyar Kiya and Baazigar. A familiar face in the entertainment industry since the 1980s, the comedian achieved unprecedented success after appearing on the first season of reality TV show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge in 2005.