Late comedian Raju Srivastava was cremated this morning at Nigambodh Ghat in Kashmiri Gate, New Delhi. His funeral was attended by family members and some close friends. An ambulance festooned with white flowers left for Nigambodh Ghat crematorium at Kashmiri Gate around 9 am, with veteran poet-comedian Surendra Sharma and Ashok Chakradhar also present. Raju Srivastava’s son Ayushman performed his last rites as per Hindu rituals around 11 am.
The popular comedian passed away on Wednesday (September 21), after battling for life and death in the ICU at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for over 40 days. Raju Srivastava suffered a heart attack on August 10 while working out in a hotel. He was 58 years old. He was rushed to AIIMS and underwent angioplasty. Since then, he was on ventilator and never regained consciousness.
Hundreds of fans including industry colleagues Sunil Pal and Ahsaan Qureshi, director Madhur Bhandarkar and singer Ram Shankar were also present at Nigambodh Ghat to pay their last respects to the comedian.
Born Raju in Kanpur to a government employee and humor poet and housewife mother Saraswati, Srivastava first came into limelight for his resemblance to megastar Amitabh Bachchan and later became popular for his observational stand-up comedy of people in and around his hometown.
His comedy career has spanned nearly four decades. He gained nationwide fame in the 2005 reality comedy competition show “The Great Indian Laughter Challenge”.