bachchan: ‘He smiles from the heavens now.’ Amitabh Bachchan pays tribute to Raju Srivastava, lauds his sense of timing

The sudden death of comedian actor Raju Srivastava caused grief across the nation.

The late 58-year-old was taken to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences on August 10 after suffering a heart attack while exercising. He underwent angioplasty and has since been on a ventilator.

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who was the popular TV actor’s “god”, paid homage to Srivastava on Thursday

On his official blog, the 79-year-old expressed his sadness after the comedian succumbed to the sudden illness. Praising his sense of timing, Big B said Srivastava left too soon.

“Another colleague, friend and creative artist is leaving us. Sudden affliction and premature in time, before his creative career was completed… His sense of timing and the colloquial humor of his birth will live with us. It was unique, open, frank and full of humor. He is smiling from heaven now and will be the cause of joy to God,” Bachchan wrote on his blog.

In the post, Bachchan went on to say that he sent a voice memo to Srivastava’s family to help them deal with the stand-up artist. “Every day in the morning with him in spirit and information from close people they were advised to send a voice to wake up his condition. I did it, they played it in his ears in his condition. Once he opened his eye a bit and then walked away,” said the veteran star.

The stand-up comic, who passed away on Wednesday after 41 days in hospital, had been an ardent Bachchan fan since he was a teenager. As a child, Srivastava never missed a Bachchan film and often went to school to see his idol on screen. He got his first big break because of his resemblance to the Big B and his ability to impersonate the cinema icon.

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A household name in India’s stand-up comedy scene, Srivastava first came to Mumbai in 1982 when Bachchan suffered a near-fatal injury while filming the movie Coolie. He just wanted a glimpse of the captain. Srivastava joined the crowd outside the Breach Candy Hospital where Bachchan was admitted and prayed for the actor’s life.

After Bachchan recovered and returned to the sets, Srivastava made the life-changing decision to move on and pursue a career in the entertainment industry. The bond with Bachchan has endured over the years. A photograph of the star remains a permanent fixture in Srivastava’s house today.

(With inputs from PTI)

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