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To Raju Srivastava, tribute from Ajay Devgn, Hrithik Roshan and other stars

To Raju Srivastava, tribute from Ajay Devgn, Hrithik Roshan and other stars

Raju Srivastava shared this photo. (courtesy: rajusrivastavaofficial)

Bombay:

The death of the “funniest man in the business” – Raju Srivastava – has left the film industry’s peers heartbroken, with superstars Ajay Devgn, Hrithik Roshan, Anil Kapoor and Jaaved Jaaferi among others who remember him for his brilliance.

Raju Srivastava, who dabbled in movies and made a name for himself as a stand-up comedian, died Wednesday at the age of 58 after more than 40 days of hospitalization at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

Ajay Devgn said he was saddened by Srivastava’s death.

“During your life you have made us laugh and laughed more, on and off the screen… RIP Raju. Om Shanti. May the Almighty give your family strength in this hour of mourning,” Ajay Devgn wrote on Twitter.

Hrithik Roshan, who collaborated with Raju Srivastava in 2003″Chief Prime Minister Ki Diwani Hoon”, also paid tribute to the comic.

“Forever in our hearts. Rest in peace Raju Srivastava Sir. My condolences to the family,” he said.

Veteran actor Shekhar Suman, who had served as one of the judges on “The Great Indian Laughter Challenge”, remembered the comedian as a unique and inimitable talent.

“Raju was the funniest man in the world. We will all miss him forever. I had the privilege and honor of judging him on many shows including”The Great Indian Laughter Challenge’ that catapulted him to unimaginable heights. Long live Raju!” said Shekhar Suman.

Writer and stand-up comic Varun Grover described Raju Srivastava as “Hindi’s first stand-up comedian”, who drew humor and satire from the pandals of ‘kavi sammelan’ and mimicry.

“Raju bhai was Lucknow Doordarshan’s biggest star in the 90s. There was no one better than him at finding the humor of characters struggling with everyday problems,” Varun Grover tweeted.

“Raju Srivastava is gone! Hopefully the lesson he leaves behind is that irreverence should be our default state. To laugh in the face of authority is a fundamental right. Alvida!” wrote director Sudhir Mishra.

Raju Srivastava, considered one of the most distinguished and accomplished comics in the country, was admitted to the AIIMS after suffering a heart attack at a Delhi hotel on Aug. 10.

As an actor, he starred in Hindi movies such as Maine Pyar Kiya and “Baazigar”the remake of “Bombay to Goa” and “Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiya”.

The “funniest man in the business” has saddened countless hearts today, said actor-comedian Jaaved Jaaferi.

“Knew him from his very humble beginnings in showbiz. You will always be remembered with a smile. RIP @iRajuSrivastava. Condolences to family and friends,” he tweeted.

“Raju Srivastava Om Shanti RIP,” veteran filmmaker Rakesh Roshan wrote on Instagram.

Anil Kapoor posted a still from one of his films that also featured Srivastava and wrote: ‘Om Shanti’.

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Actor Nimrat Kaur and director Sanjay Gupta also remembered the comedian.

“Deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of the late Raju Srivastava ji. May God bless his journey to the light #RIPRajuSrivastava,” Nimrat Kaur tweeted.

“Rest in peace Raju. Thanks for all those years of fun and laughter,” said Sanjay Gupta.

Sonu Sood shared a photo of Raju on Twitter, writing, “RIP Raju Bhai (brother).”

Censor Board Chairman Prasoon Joshi tweeted: “Really sad to hear about the unfortunate demise of Raju Shrivastava. A dear friend, a genius with an unmatched insightful mind. It’s such an irreparable loss to the creative world. Just heartbreaking. # RajuSrivastava #rajusrivastava @iRajuSrivastava.”

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar wrote: “Sad to hear the tragic news of Raju Srivastav’s untimely passing. He made us all laugh with his great comedic timing for so many years that we have lost a gem. My deepest condolences to his family members and admirers. #OmShanti .”

Navin Prabhakar, a popular comedian and co-participant of Raju Srivastava on “The Great Indian Laughter Challenge”, said he had the ability to connect with “living and non-living” things. “Raju bhai was connected with living and non-living things… This was a new dimension that he gave to all of us,” Navin Prabhakar told PTI.



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