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Often known as Gajodhar he was a popular Indian comedian, actor and politician
He started his career by doing small roles in Bollywood films. He had a part in the Rajshri Productions movie Maine Pyar Kiya and other small roles in various movies such as Baazigar and Bombay to Goa. He worked as an actor and comedian in the Bollywood movie Aamdani Atthanni Kharcha Rupaiya.
Professionally as Raju Srivastava he ventured into stand-up comedy with 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". Srivastav also participated in Bigg Boss (Hindi season 3). He later participated in the comedy show Comedy Ka Maha Muqabala.
𝐂𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐫 𝐢𝐧 𝐓𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧
In 2013, Raju along with his wife participated in Nach Baliye season 6, which is a couples dance show on StarPlus. He has 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.
𝐂𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐫 𝐢𝐧 𝐏𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐬
The Samajwadi Party fielded Srivastava from Kanpur for the 2014 Lok Sabha election. 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 Bharatiya Janata 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 video for Swacha Bharat Abhiyaan.
He suffered a heart attack on 10 August 2022 while he was working out in the gym. He underwent an angioplasty and was put on ventilator. Swelling was observed in his brain during his treatment and he was also treated by neurologists.
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