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Raju Shrivastava

Birthday
25 Dec 1963 (Age 51)
Biography
Raju Srivastav (Hindi: राजू श्रीवस्तव; born Satyaprakash Srivastava) often credited as Raju Shrivastav or Raju Srivastava, is an Indian comedian, and more popularly, an observational comedian. He is known most for his acute scrutiny and comical timing about various Indian aspects of life.

Early life
Raju srivastav or Satyaprakash Srivastava was born on 25 December 1963, in Kanpur, India in a middle class Kayastha family. His father is a very famous poet,Mr.Rameshchandra Srivastava known as Balai Kaka. Being a good mimic, Raju nursed the dream of becoming a comedian since childhood. In his school time he used to imitate his teachers.

He gained initial stardom as an Amitabh Bachchan look-alike and also imitated him very well. He landed in Mumbai (then Bombay), and after a few years did a blink-and-you-miss role in the superhit Rajshri movie Maine Pyar Kiya. He did many other small roles in varied number of movies, mostly an inconspicuous comic role.12 Raju was a participant on Bigg Boss (Season 3), anchored by Amitabh Bachchan.

Career
Raju Srivastav, a talented artiste, with a flair for comedy, had done stage shows with Kalyanji Anandji, Bappi Lahiri and Nitin Mukesh in India and abroad. He was also noticed by Johnny Lever when he used to do stage shows before joining the film industry. Raju’s mimicry was liked and applauded by the masses and he was an important person in Johnny Lever’s troupe.

His big break, however, was the comedy talent show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge. Although he didn't win the competition and only received a 1st runner-up title, he followed that stint with some memorable stage performances in the spin-off, The Great Indian Laughter Challenge - Champions, where he was unofficially given the coveted title “The King of Comedy”.

After that, he was noticed by many filmmakers and got regular assignments in movies with bigger roles. Raju has been an avid supporter of good comedy and criticized vulgarity. Raju's daughter,Antra Srivastava got National Bravery Award from the prime minister Dr.Manmohan Singh and also met many personalities during this time like Dr.A.P.J Abdul Kalam and Sonia Gandhi . Raju has got good support from voters.

Raju Srivastav received threatening calls from Pakistan warning him not to crack jokes on underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and Pakistan during his shows.Mumbai, Jan 30 (IANS) The police had tightened security around popular comedian Raju Shrivastava after he received threat calls from Pakistan for making fun of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.

He participated in Big Boss - 3, Indian counterpart of the Big Brother. After staying in the house for more than two months he was voted out on December 4, 2009, .He wants Vindu Dara Singh to win Bigg Boss season 3 as he thinks Vindu is good at heart.