Comedian Raju Srivastava regained consciousness on Thursday, a fortnight after being hospitalized after suffering a heart attack. His personal secretary Garvit Narang said that Raju’s health condition is improving but he is being monitored by doctors. The 58-year-old stand-up comedian was admitted to AIIMS on August 10.

Raju collapsed after experiencing chest pain while exercising at a gym in Delhi. His coach took him to the hospital. On the same day, Raju underwent angioplasty. His personal secretary Garvit said that the comedian-actor Raju Srivastava regained consciousness today after 15 days. But he is being monitored by doctors at AIIMS, Delhi. His physical condition is improving.

This week earlier, Raju’s daughter Antara said that he was stable and still unconscious. Doctors were treating him. Amid reports of his deteriorating health last week, his wife Shikha asked people not to spread rumors as it affects their morale. She said, “We don’t want negative energy, we need positivity.” She requested everyone to pray for his speedy recovery. She assured everyone that he will be back soon. She further added that Raju Ji is fighting to respond to the medication.  Actor Shekhar Suman earlier this week said that Raju’s organs are functioning but he is still unconscious. Raju’s brother Dipoo said that he is a fighter. He will get back soon.

Raju became famous after participating in the first season of the stand-up comedy show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge (2005). He has also acted in Hindi films like Baazigar, Maine Pyar Kiya, Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiya, and Bombay to Goa.