Raju himself had told about it in an interview that, ‘There was no one in that era to mimic Amitabh. For the first time, the band-orchestra gave me 50 rupees, gave me food.
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Comedy king Raju Srivastava is no more with us. After fighting the battle for life for 42 days, he was finally defeated. Comedian and actor Raju Srivastava, who spread laughter on the faces of people, brought tears to everyone’s eyes. The family and his fans hoped that he would definitely come back after recovering, but he did not return. Raju Srivastava was a big fan of Amitabh Bachchan. He had said this in public many times. Raju Srivastava was convinced of Amitabh Bachchan’s look and his acting.
Raju Srivastava was expert in mimicking Amitabh
Not only was he an expert in mimicking Raju Srivastava, but he also used to keep his look like him and his expressions were also similar. However, Amitabh Bachchan never raised any objection to this. When Amitabh Bachchan was present in an award show, Raju Srivastava had mimicked him in front of him. Apart from Amitabh Bachchan, his family members were also present at that time. Raju Srivastava had even said in the presence of Amitabh Bachchan that, ‘Sir, you are our food donor, we run our house by mimicking you.’
Amitabh became a fan after watching ‘Sholay’
Raju Srivastava became a fan of Amitabh Bachchan after watching his film ‘Sholay’. Such a fever of the superhero came on him which did not subside till the last days of his life. Raju even started sitting, getting up and speaking like him. When Raju did Amitabh’s mimicry for the first time, he got 50 rupees. Raju Srivastava did a mimicry imagining Amitabh as Gabbar. Due to this style of his, the people present in an award show went crazy laughing.
Like Amitabh, people were very much impressed by his voice, acting and gestures like him. Raju himself had told about it in an interview that, ‘There was no one in that era to mimic Amitabh. For the first time, the band-orchestra gave me 50 rupees, gave me food. After that gave 75 rupees and then 200 rupees, he kept giving me for two years. And this is how I got my livelihood because of Bachchan sahib.
Raju Srivastava considered Amitabh as his idol
Raju Srivastava considered Amitabh Bachchan as his idol. When the effect of treatment and medicines started decreasing and Raju Srivastava was unable to respond, at that time doctors had advised that if he hears the voice of a loved one, then he may respond something. On the advice of doctors, Raju’s family had requested Amitabh Bachchan, the message you have sent in writing, you can send them by speaking, so that Raju can be narrated. After this Amitabh gave him his audio message. In a voice message, he wished Raju to get well soon, Amitabh said that, ‘Raju wake up, it’s just enough… there is a lot of work to be done.’