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Celebrities mourn the death of actor-comedian Raju Srivastava

Comedy king Raju Srivastava was hospitalised on 10th August after experiencing chest pains and collapsed while working out at the gym. He died at the age of 58 on Wednesday morning. A few celebrities mourn his death.

Charrul MalikIt’s a huge loss. He was a trendsetter who started comedy in a very pure manner. He never changed with time and he always kept his style intact. I had met him in two events and there he appreciated my work. I was very surprised to hear this and he told me that- “Ek artist doosra artist ko zaroor dekhta hai”. He encouraged me a lot. We had clicked a selfie together, in the event where I met him, but it was in his phone and I couldn’t get it as I didn’t have his number. He is a very humble human being and his contribution in the entertainment industry is immense. Raju sir was a man of his words. He was a man who always used to make others smile. He was full of life, entertainment, synergy and energy. His passing away means the end of the era of pure standup comedy. May his soul rest in peace. He passed away by spreading smiles and he will be missed

Ashoka ThackurHe was a comedy king and whatever he did used to be mind blowing. He was a comedy superstar and I loved the way he used to mimic. He was the one who started the trend of stand-up comedy. The last film of his that I saw was Bombay to Goa where his name was Anthony Gonsalves. It was superb. I have even met him and he was a very down to earth person and very humble. He was popular all over the world and it’s very unfortunate that we have lost him.

Sudhanshu PandeyIt’s very unfortunate that Raju Srivastava passed away at this early age. My earliest memories of him are the brilliant stand-up comedies that he used to do on shows on television everywhere. There was a time where I used to bump into him at the back road of Lokhandwala and I used to be jogging there and a lot of actors used to come there. His contribution in the entertainment industry has been tremendous. He has pioneered the trend of stand-up comedy in the film industry and has encouraged all the stand-up comedians who have become very big stars today.

Jay ZaveriIt’s really shocking to hear the news of Raju Ji passing away. Everyone was hoping that he would get better and would come back again and make every one of us laugh. But life is very unpredictable and my condolences to the entire family. The first memory of his is seeing him in The Great Indian Laughter Show. He has been in the industry since the 1980s. When you see movies like ‘Baazigar’, ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’, you can see that he was always there. May god bless his soul

Neelu KohliIt’s a personal loss to each one of us. He was a legend. Raju Ji was always around and has done films as well but I focused on him when he did the comedy circus. He has a great body of work. I met him recently before he went to Delhi and was hospitalized. Not many of us know that he was the head of Cine Artist of Uttar Pradesh and was controlling all the funds and realising all the subsidies for the shoots there. He was very active and a very fair man. I did not get the chance to work with him but it’s a great loss to the nation

Sagar ParekhI remember him as a comedy king because he was not only a great artist but was a very lively person. The comedy which he did, made my childhood brighter.

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