By Mudassir Raja
A renowned stand-up Indian comedian known for clean humour that can be enjoyed with family is all set to bring laughter to Doha today.
The event titled ‘Indian Comedy DJ Night’ will see two performers namely; Raju Srivastav, star comedian, and Akbar Sami, a DJ and musician. Wirohub Events is presenting the comedy show that is powered by 360 Realtors.
Raju was born on 25 December 1963, in Kanpur in a middle class Kayastha family. His father was a poet – Ramesh Chandra Srivastava known as Balai Kaka. Being a good mimic, Raju wanted to become a comedian since his early childhood.
Raju has performed in stage shows in India and abroad. He also launched a series of his audio cassettes and video CDs. He gained attention initially as an Amitabh Bachchan look-alike.
He started his career by doing small roles in Bollywood films. He had a part in Maine Pyar Kiya and other small roles in various movies such as Baazigar and Bombay to Goa. He worked as an actor cum comedian in Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiyaa.
He entered comedy in the talent show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge and finished as second runner-up, subsequently taking part in the spin-off, The Great Indian Laughter Challenge - Champions, in which he won the title of ‘The King of Comedy.’
Further, he participated in the comedy show Comedy Ka Maha Muqabla. In 2013, Raju along with his wife participated in Nach Baliye 6 which was a dance couple show on Star Plus. He also appeared on Comedy Nights with Kapil.
As for Akbar Sami, he is a dance choreographer turned DJ and musician. He is known as one of the pioneers of DJ music in India. He became famous with his remix albums such as Jalwa, Jalwa 2 and Jadoo.
Akbar started his career as a team dancer with Bollywood celebrities such as Arshad Warsi, Sajid Khan and Longinus Fernandes at the age of 13. He also used to cut tapes for his dance shows. Later, he turned into a choreographer. He forayed into deejaying. After gaining some experience, he did a crash course in deejaying from London. He is one of the few DJ’s who started their journey in the 1980s. He made his acting debut as a negative character called Ghoda Bhai in the film called Fattu Sala in 2015.
In 2018, he debuted as a singer in the remake of classic Bollywood song Kabhi Kabhi.
Talking to Community, Nidhi Sharma, one of the organisers, said: “The great Indian Comedy DJ Night is a new concept in Doha which combines music with comedy. Raju is known for his neat and clean family comedy/ He is popular face in India is performing live at Al Masa Ballroom in Holiday Inn from 8pm till late in night. The DJ has also been a known name in Indian music circles.”
She added: “The tickets are available in three categories; general, gold and platinum. The show is going to be completely family show. We are bringing Raju in Qatar because we want the expatriate families to savour live comedy and music together. The comedian is best known for sobre jokes. The show will also present a bit of old comedy for the Doha audience. I believe we are going to have an outstanding response to our show.”
Nagesh Rao, an active member of the Indian community, said: “I am very excited to attend the comedy show. I will go with my wife. I have seen his shows in India. It is a very good opportunity for the expatriate community to enjoy the comedy of Raju.
“I have been living in Qatar for 28 years. My children have grown up here. It is always good to have some cultural and entertainment performances from your native country. Since, 2019 is being celebrated as India-Qatar Culture Year, we are going to have more and more such kind of activities in coming months.”
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