Comedian Raju Srivastava woke up Thursday after 15 days, said Garvit Narang, his personal secretary. The comedian is followed by doctors from AIIMS Delhi.

The 58-year-old stand-up comedian was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) after suffering a heart attack on August 10. He underwent angioplasty the same day.

“He is stable and still unconscious. Doctors are treating him,” Srivastava’s daughter Antara said.

Last week, as his health deteriorated, his wife Shikha said Srivastava was a “fighter” who would come back stronger.

Shikha had also asked the media and fans not to spread rumors as it affects the “morale” of the family.

Born into a middle-class family on December 25, 1963, in Kanpur district of Uttar Pradesh, Srivastava is best known for his close observation and comic pacing of various aspects of Indian life.

Ramesh Chandra Srivastava, his father, was a poet known as Balai Kaka. Raju, who is an excellent mime, always wanted to be an actor.

Raju Srivastava, who has been active in the entertainment industry since the late 1980s, gained recognition after appearing on the first season of comedy show “The Great Indian Laughter Challenge” in 2005. Besides “The Great Indian Laughter Challenge” , he was part of several other comedy shows, including “Comedy Circus”, “The Kapil Sharma Show”, “Shaktimaan” and others.

He acted in Hindi films such as “Maine Pyar Kiya”, “Baazigar”, “Bombay to Goa” (remake) and “Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiya”. He was one of the contestants in the third season of “Bigg Boss”. Srivastava played the role of a student in Shah Rukh Khan’s film “Baazigar”. He appeared in a cameo role of a chauffeur as a local thug in Salman Khan’s starring ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’. In ‘Aamdani Atthanni Kharcha Rupaiya’ he played the role of Baba Chin Chin Choo in the movie.

Srivastava is also chairman of the Film Development Council Uttar Pradesh.

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