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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 (born Satya Prakash Srivastava on 25 December 1963), often credited as Gajodhar, is an Indian comedian.
Raju Srivastava was born on 25 December 1963, in Kanpur, India in a middle class family. His father, Ramesh Chandra Srivastava, was a poet known as Balai Kaka. Being a good mimic, Raju wanted to become a comedian since childhood.
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.
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".
He later participated in the comedy show Comedy Ka Maha Muqabala. 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.
The Samajwadi Party fielded Srivastava from Kanpur for 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.
Srivastav married Shikha from Lucknow on 1 July 1993. Together they have two children, Antara and Ayushman.
|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|
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- "Jagdambika Pal, comedian Raju Srivastava join BJP, endorse Narendra Modi". Zee News. 19 March 2014. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
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- "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.