Did you know that comedian Raju Srivastava, who considered renowned actor Amitabh Bachchan as his boyhood idol, was the first to realize his likeness to the latter?
Popular comedian Raju Srivastava passed away last week, on September 21, dealing his supporters and well-wishers a severe blow. Even though the comedian’s family and friends are still processing this information, Raju Srivastava’s daughter Antara has provided details about her father’s relationship with the late actor Amitabh Bachchan and how he felt about him and his work.
Antara, the late comedian-actor Raju Srivastava’s daughter, thanked Amitabh Bachchan on Tuesday for supporting their family during these trying times and credited him with helping to make her father successful, according to news agency PTI.
Srivastava, who attracted attention due to his likeness to Bachchan, considered the illustrious senior actor to be his boyhood idol. Last Wednesday, the comedian passed away at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi (AIIMS). He was 58.
Antara penned the following in an Instagram post that Srivastava’s official page shared: “Extremely grateful to Shri @amitabh bachchan uncle for being there for us every single day during this tough time. Your prayers gave us an abundance of strength and support, which we will remember forever…”
“My mother Shikha, brother @aayushmaan.srivastava, my entire family and I, @antarasrivastava, are eternally thankful to you. The love and admiration he receives globally is all because of you,” she added writing and a screen legend to the images of her father.
Before becoming well-known across the country as a contestant on The Great Indian Laughter Challenge in 2005, Srivastava had roles in a number of popular Hindi films, including Maine Pyaar Kiya and Baazigar. His career lasted over four decades. He eventually rose to the position of Chairperson of the Uttar Pradesh Film Development Council.