Stand-up comedian Rohan Joshi recently apologized after saying “good riddance” on prolific comedian and actor Raju Srivastava’s passing earlier on Wednesday. While the entire nation mourned over the passing of one of the most loved Hindi stand-up comics, it was Rohan Joshi, who not only failed to give appropriate condolence, but went on to make remarks against Srivastava, for which he faced heavy backlash.
It so happened that Atul Khatri, another comic in the stand-up circuit, shared a tribute message for Raju Srivastava. In the comments section, Rohan Joshi shared a now-deleted comment, claiming “we haven’t lost a thing”.
“He went on every f***all news channel every time he was invited to go s*** on an upcoming arty 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*** him and good riddance (sic),” Joshi’s comment read.
His comment on Srivastava irked many netizens who took to Twitter and shared their anger and annoyance. Following this, Joshi gave an apology & commented, “Yehi soch kar delete kiya kyuki after a minute of anger I realised today is not about my personal feelings. Sorry if it hurt and thanks for the perspective”.
The Facts of the Matter
From Prime Minister Modi, to President Droupadi Murmu, to entertainment industry veterans and fellow comedians, Indians broke ranks earlier on Wednesday this week to condole the death of Raju Srivastava. After battling with cardiac-arrest related complexities in AIIMS, the Great Indian Laughter Challenge comic passed away at 58.
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Rohan Joshi Goes on Expletives Laden Rant
Although many people paid their tributes and condoled the death of Raju Srivastava, former comedy collective AIB’s member Rohan Joshi received flak for his remarks on the demise of a fellow comic. Joshi took to the comments section of a tribute post shared by another comic Atul Khatri, and wrote “good riddance” on Srivastava’s passing.
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“Haven’t lost a thing”
In a now deleted comment, Srivastava went on an expletives-laden rant, going as far as saying “we haven’t lost a thing”. “We haven’t lost a thing. Whether it was Kamra whether it was roast or any comic in the news, Raju Srivastava took every opportunity he ever got to s**t on newer comics especially after the new wave of stand up started,” Rohan Joshi aka Mojorojo’s now-deleted comment read.
“He went on every f***all news channel every time he was invited to go s*** on an upcoming arty 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,” the comment further read.
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Netizens on Twitter Call Out Rohan Joshi’s Remarks
Rohan Joshi’s expletive laden rant irked many netizens who trolled him left, right and center. While many netizens asked Joshi to simply delete the comment, others asked him to act his age, while many claimed that Joshi speaking ill of a famous dead person highlights his own insecurity.
Rohan joshi has deleted the pathetic comment after getting bashed by people. He’s justified saying he was angry and it’s not time for his “personal feelings”. His Personal feelings filled with toxic hatred & venom. No wonder, he calls other hate mongers & intolerant. pic.twitter.com/unAttYTwgK
— Janki (@jaankiii_) September 21, 2022
See the frustration of not being as popular as #RajuShrivastav’s created characters Gajodhar, sangatha, nandkau, Mishra 👇🏻 pic.twitter.com/iOIWtoZSDp
— mthn (@Being_Humor) September 21, 2022
Congratulations Rohan Joshi / Mojorojo. You abused Raju Srivastava under one post’s comment section and you become ‘famous’ across social media.
This is what Srivastava has achieved in his lifetime.
— The Hawk Eye (@thehawkeyex) September 21, 2022
The last liberal I remember who was so bereft of basic decency and morality was Mallika Dua. Bless you Mojorojo. pic.twitter.com/J6AiAlvPgG
— दिव्या (@divya_16_) September 21, 2022
"Liberal comedian" Rohan Joshi on Raju Srivastav's death. They call everyone hateful because the relentless hate that they harbour for everyone keeps burning inside them like raging fire. pic.twitter.com/3n1Jl7W3H7
— Aishwarya Mudgil (@AishwaryakiRai) September 21, 2022
If today the genuine Standup comedy circle does not raise their voice against a rotten Apple like Rohan Joshi amongst them, then don’t blame tomorrow when somebody Boycotts your bonafide work similar to the price many in Bollywood are paying for no fault of theirs but a handful. https://t.co/2lYK8wn3yl pic.twitter.com/TCtiPwSXnM
— Yo Yo Funny Singh 🇮🇳 (@moronhumor) September 21, 2022
The entitlement level of these SoBo brats like Rohan Joshi !
Raju Srivastava Ji was supposed to go out of his way and defend their crass and garbage behaviour because ' comedy' . they expect everyone else to be their houseboys
Raju Srivastava Ji is a legend . Om Shanti pic.twitter.com/qusd3wS4ul
— jiko (@Lcar817277855) September 22, 2022
Following heavy trolling on Twitter, Joshi apologised for his remark and wrote another comment which read – “Yehi soch kar delete kiya kyuki after a minute of anger I realised today is not about my personal feelings. Sorry if it hurt and thanks for the perspective (sic).”
Meanwhile, Rohan Joshi’s fellow former-AIB member and comedian, writer Tanmay Bhat also took to his social media to condole the death of Raju Srivastava. Calling Srivastava a “legend”, Bhat tweeted, “Raju was truly a pioneer and the father of observational comedy. Where all others’ imagination ended – Raju thrived. A whole generation of comedians wanted to be Raju, before they even knew what was funny. RIP legend.”
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