Jaspal Bhatti was a popular comedian and film director who was famous for his satirical take on problems relating the common man. Known as the "King of Comedy", Bhatti rose to fame for his television series "Flop Show" and "Ulta Pulta". The cartoonist, humorist, satirist actor and filmmaker was honored by the government of India with the Padma Bhushan (posthumously).
Jaspal Singh Bhatti was born on 3 March 1955 at Amritsar, Punjab. He graduated as an electrical engineer from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh. During his college days Bhatti used to do street plays and became popular with them. On 24 March 1985, Bhatti married Savita Bhatti, who became a perfect co-star as well as a great life partner for him. The couple was blessed with two kids - Jasraj Bhatti and Raabiya Bhatti.
Before coming into television Jaspal Bhatti worked as a cartoonist for "The Tribune" in Chandigarh. His association in street plays in college days brought him to television. While in the TV and film industry the shows of Jaspal Bhatti highlighted everyday issues of the middle class and the common man which the audience could relate to. Bhatti rose to fame with his television series "Flop Show". A low-budget TV series, "Flop Show" was a super successful show in the early 1990s and is remembered still today. Bhatti's wife Savita Bhatti was the producer of the show and even acted in all the episodes of the show. Interestingly, only 10 episodes of the show were produced, but the show was hugely successful. Later Bhatti acted and directed "Ulta Pulta" and "Nonsense Private Limited" which became very popular. Bhatti also launched a comedy series "Thank You Jijaji".
Jaspal Bhatti debuted in films with the satire on the Punjab police "Mahaul Theek Hai" in 1999 and it was well received by the audience. His other Punjabi film was "Jijaji". In Hindi films he acted in the movies like "Fanaa", "Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe", "Aa Ab Laut Chalen", "Jaanam Samjha Karo" and many others. Bhatti also appeared in "Comedy ka King Kaun" on SAB TV as a judge. Bhatti and his wife Savita competed in "Nach Baliye" as dance competitors. Towards the later part of his life, Bhatti set up a studio and a training school in Mohali called "Joke Factory".
Ill Health and Death:
On 25 October 2012, Jaspal Bhatti and his son Jasraj were on a tour to promote their upcoming film. But Bhatti died in car accident near Shahkot in Jalandhar. Bhatti's son Jasraj Bhatti was driving the car when it lost control and rammed into a tree. Sadly, Bhatti died just a day before his film "Power Cut", starring Jasraj, was to be released.
Words and Wishes:
Following the tragic death of Jaspal Bhatti members of the film fraternity and politicians condoled the demise of this great comedian. Mention may be made of:
Actor Anupam Kher: “Just landed in Mumbai and came to know about my friend Jaspal Bhatti’s tragic death. Why is God taking away all the nicest people? So SAD.”
Actor Akshay Kumar said: “Saddened to know about the death of the great comedian Jaspal Bhatti. I have fond memories of his super hit show, Flop Show , providing the much needed humour in our lives. May his soul rest in peace.”
Actor Jimmy Shergill: “Received another shockingly terrible news of the demise of Jaspal Bhatti Saab today... I don’t know what’s hapenning.. so sad... RIP.”
CM Parkash Singh Badal: Bhatti was a multi-faceted personality and a true son of the soil".
CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda: "Bhatti would be long remembered for his television series 'Flop Show' and mini capsules 'Ulta Pulta'."
UP Cm Akhilesh Yadav: "Bhatti had mastered the art of highlighting issues related to public through satire and humour, and presented them before the people through TV programmes, forcing people to ponder on them."
Union Information & Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni: " I pray to God that the family gathers the strength to overcome this untimely crisis."
MP Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa: "Bhatti's death was a personal loss to me. The void left by Bhatti's death would never be filled."
Awards and Recognition:
Jaspal Bhatti was awarded the Padma Bhushan posthumously in 2013 for his contribution to Arts. Mad Art (Bhatti's school), made an animation film on female feticide which won a certificate of merit at the IDPA-2008 Awards in Mumbai. Bhatti was given away the Lifetime Achievement Award at the first Golden Kela Awards.
Children: Jasraj and Raabiya
(FAN OF Mr. JASPAL SINGH BHATTI)
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