‘He smiles from the heavens now.’ Amitabh Bachchan pays tribute to Raju Srivastava, lauds his sense of timing

The sudden demise of comedian-actor Raju Srivastava left the entire nation grieving.

The late 58-year-old was taken to the All India Institute Of Medical Sciences on August 10 after suffering a heart attack while working out. He underwent an angioplasty and was on a ventilator since then.

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who was ‘god’ to the popular TV actor, paid homage to Srivastava on Thursday

Taking to his official blog, the 79-year-old expressed sadness after the comedian succumbed to the sudden ailment. Lauding his sense of timing, the Big B said that Srivastava left too soon.

“Another colleague, friend and creative artist leaves us. A sudden ailment and gone before time, before his creativity time completion… His sense of timing and the colloquial humour of his birth shall remain with us. It was unique, open, frank and filled with humour. He smiles from the heavens now and will be the reason for mirth with God,” Bachchan wrote on his blog.

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In the post, Bachchan continued that he had sent a voice note to Srivastava’s family to help them with the stand-up artiste’s treatment. “Each day in the morning with him in spirit and information from nearby ones, they got advised to send a voice to awaken his condition. I did, they played it for him in his state in his ears. On one instance he did open his eye a bit and then went away,” the veteran star said.

The stand-up comic, who passed away on Wednesday after 41 days of hospitalisation, was an ardent fan of Bachchan since his teens. As a child, Srivastava would never miss a Bachchan movie and often bunked school to watch his idol on screen. He got his first major break because he resembled the Big B and his ability to impersonate the cinema icon.

Srivastava, a popular name in India’s stand-up comedy circuit, first came to Mumbai in 1982 when Bachchan sustained a near-fatal injury while shooting for the film ‘Coolie’. He just wanted to get a glimpse of the main man. Srivastava joined the crowds outside the Breach Candy Hospital where Bachchan was admitted and prayed for the actor’s life.

After Bachchan recovered and returned to the sets, Srivastava took the life-changing decision to stay on and make a career in the entertainment industry. The attachment with Bachchan continued through the years. A photo of the star is a permanent fixture at Srivastava’s house even today.

(With inputs from PTI)

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