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Amitabh Bachchan says he sent a voicemail in an attempt to revive Raju Srivastava: ‘He opened his eye but then…’

Actor Amitabh Bachchan on Thursday paid tribute to comedian-actor Raju Srivastava and remembered him for his everyday humour. Srivastava, who died on Wednesday after 41 days of hospitalization at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), was an ardent fan of Bachchan since his teenage years. He got his first big break thanks to his resemblance to the cinema icon and his impersonation of him. In fact, he was known as ‘Junior Bachchan’ in his early days.

“Another colleague friend and creative artist leaves us .. a sudden suffering and gone before the time .. before his creativity time end .. every day in the morning with him in the spirit and information from his loved ones .. they were advised to send a voice to awaken his state .. I did .. they played it for him in his state in his ears .. in one instance he opened his eye a little .. and then .. went away,” Amitabh wrote on his blog.

Remembering Raju Srivastava’s work, the actor added, “His sense of timing and the daily humor from his birth will remain with us .. it was unique , openly honest and full of humor .. he is smiling from heaven now and will be the reason for joy with God.”

Srivastava, 58, was taken to AIIMS on August 10 after suffering a heart attack while training at a hotel in Delhi. He underwent angioplasty and has been on a ventilator since then.

Raju Srivastava was laid to rest on Thursday in Delhi. Srivastava, a popular name in India’s stand-up comedy circuit, first came to Mumbai when Bachchan suffered a near-fatal injury during the shooting of the film Coolie. The association with Bachchan continued over the years and a photo of the star is a fixture in Srivastava’s house even today.

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