The demise of popular comedian Raju Srivastava created a void in the entertainment industry yesterday as he passed away at the age of 58. While fans, family, friends, and celebrities mourn his loss, stand-up comedian Rohan Joshi’s remark on his death created a new controversy and he faced a lot of backlash for the same. The incident happened soon after Rohan reacted to Atul Khatri’s post on Raju Srivastava’s death.
Atul shared a picture of Raju on Instagram and wrote,
“RIP Rajubhai. You were such an inspiration to so many. Whenever you went on stage you lit it up. Your presence was such that when people just saw you there was an automatic smile on their faces. You will be truly missed. A big loss for the Indian Stand-up Comedy scene.”
To this, Rohan Joshi responded with an insensitive comment:
“We haven’t lost a thing. Whether it was Karma whether it was the roast or any coming in the news. Raju Srivastava took every opportunity he ever got to shit on new comics, especially after the new wave of stand-up started. He went on every fuckall news channel every time he was invited to go shit on an upcoming art form and call it offensive just because he couldn’t understand it and new stars were rising. He might have told a few good jokes but he understood nothing about the spirit of comedy or defending someone’s right to say something even if you don’t agree. F^^k him and good riddance.”
As of now, Rohan Joshi has deleted the pathetic comment after getting bashed by people. He later justified saying he was angry, and it was not time for his “personal feelings”.
People are not happy with his remarks and there are a lot of tweets regarding the controversy.
Soon after his pathetic remarks, netizens criticized him for calling Raju’s demise ‘karma.’ While the comment is no longer visible, Rohan later clarified that he took it down after the backlash.
“Yehi soch kar delete Kiya kyuki after a minute of anger I realized today is not about my personal feelings. Sorry if it hurt and thanks for the perspective,”
DNA quoted him.
Meanwhile, Rohan’s ‘good riddance’ comment also made actor Sikander Kher lose his cool. He shared on his Instagram Stories,
“There are always people that will not be the ideal way we think they should be. But, that’s life and we as humans and humanity should deal with it for our own health and happiness (in my opinion). But, after reading this about someone who’s passed away too soon, I am just sad to see that a young man who might be funny and witty, probably lacks a huge dose of humanity. #unfortunate #disheartening and very very very #uncool. Ps: took a lot for me to be this polite.”
Raju Srivastava passed away after more than 40 days of hospitalization at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi. As per Raju’s nephew Kushal Srivastava, Raju died due to a second cardiac arrest. He was hospitalized after suffering from a heart attack on August 10.