February 9, 2011 05:56:01 PM IST Abid, Glamsham Editorial
Actor Raju Shrivastava needs absolutely no introduction to the viewers of the countless popular comedy shows as he enjoys a reputation of a super star. He has also forayed into Bollywood with quite a few films like MAINE PYAR KIYA, BAAZIGAR, MAIN PREM KI DEEWANI HOON and BOMBAY TO GOA etc., though unfortunately he did not meet with the same success as on television.
However, Raju is a happy and contented man, and when we caught up with him during one of his stage shows and asked him about his views on the success of comedy films lately he answered, "Comedy has become an industry in the entertainment sector. In the past comedians were used as mere fillers to release tension and lighten up the mood of the audience but now comedy has reached a different planet. The audience love comedy and it is songs and dances which are now used as fillers because people look forward to comic gags, punches and sequences more."
Well said Raju. With top actors and actresses venturing into full-fledged comedy roles sky is the limit and no longer is a comedian just a character artist.