Raju Srivastava (born Satya Prakash Srivastava on 25 December 1963), often credited as Gajodhar or Raju Shrivastav, is an Indian comedian.
Raju Srivastav during an event
|Birth name||Satya Prakash Srivastava|
|Born||25 December 1963|
Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
|Notable works and roles||Standup Comedy on The Great Indian Laughter Challenge|
Raju Srivastava was born on 25 December 1963, in Kanpur, India in a middle class Kayastha family. His father was a poet, Mr. Ramesh Chandra Srivastava known as Balai Kaka. Being a good mimic, Raju wanted to become a comedian since childhood.
Srivastav has performed in stage shows in India and abroad. He also launched a series of audio cassettes and video CDs. He gained initial notice as an Amitabh Bachchan look-alike.
He started his career by doing small roles in Bollywood films. He had a part in the Rajshri movie Maine Pyar Kiya and other small roles in various movies such as Baazigar & Bombay to Goa. He worked as an actor cum comedian with Bollywood movie Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiyaa.
He entered comedy in 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".
He participated in Big Boss - 3, Indian counterpart of Big Brother. After staying in the house for more than two months he was voted out on December 4, 2009.
He participated in the comedy show Comedy Ka Maha Muqabla. In 2013, Raju along with his wife participated in Nach Baliye 6 which is a dance couple show on Star Plus. He 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.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's Samajwadi Party fielded Srivastava from Kanpur in 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 Bhartiya Janta 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.
Raju Srivastav received threatening calls from Pakistan warning him not to crack jokes on underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and Pakistan during his 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||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|
|The Great Indian Laughter Challenge||Season1||Comedy||STAR One|
|Bigg Boss||Season3 (2009)|
|Shaktiman||1998-2005||Doordarshan||as Dhurandhar Singh|
|Tea Time Manoranjan||1994||Comedy||Doordarshan|
|Raju Hazir Ho||2008||Comedy||Imagine TV|
|Comedy Ka Maha Muqabala||March-June 2011||Comedy||STAR Plus|
|Comedy Circus||2007-2014||Comedy||Sony Entertainment Television|
|Dekh Bhai Dekh||1993-1994||Sitcom||DD Metro||Cameo role|
|Laugh India Laugh||July-September 2012||Stand-up comedy||Life OK|
|Nautanki- The Come|
|Nach Baliye||Season6||Dance Reality Television||STAR Plus|
|Comedy Nights with Kapil||2013-2016||Comedy Chat Show||Colors TV|
|The Kapil Sharma Show||2016-2017||Stand-up comedy||Sony TV|
|Adaalat||2010-2016||Courtroom drama||Sony TV||as Raju Chaurasia|
|Gangs of Haseepur||April-July 2014||Comedy Reality television||Zee TV||a Host|
- "Raju Srivastav tickles the funny bone at Le Meridien, Bangalore - Times of India". The Times of India.
- "Akhilesh Yadav turns to comedy, fields Raju Srivastava from Kanpur in Lok Sabha election". Indian Express. 14 February 2013.
- "Comedian Raju Srivastava returns SP Lok Sabha ticket". The Hindu. 11 March 2014.
- "Comedian Raju Srivastava Returns SP Lok Sabha Ticket". The New Indian Express.
- "Jagdambika Pal, comedian Raju Srivastava join BJP, endorse Narendra Modi". Zee News. 19 March 2014. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
- "News18.com: CNN-News18 Breaking News India, Latest News Headlines, Live News Updates". News18.
- "Jagdambika Pal, artiste Raju Srivastava join BJP". 19 March 2014.
- "Comedian Raju Srivastav gets threat from Pak". indiatimes.com. Mumbai: Times of India. 31 January 2009. Retrieved 19 January 2017.
- "BJP is future of Indian politics, says Raju Srivastava". News18.
- Unnikrishnan, Chaya (14 October 2013). "Funnyman Raju Srivastava and chef Ripudaman Handa in 'Nach Baliye 6'". DNA India.
- "Finally Raju Srivastav on 'Comedy Nights with Kapil'! - Times of India". The Times of India.
- "Being seriously funny". 23 April 2014.