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Comedian Jaspal Bhatti dies in road accident

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Actor and comedian Jaspal Bhatti. File Photo
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Actor and comedian Jaspal Bhatti. File Photo

Popular comedian and film director Jaspal Bhatti, who touched a chord with the masses with his humorous take on problems plaguing the common man, died when his car rammed into a roadside tree in the wee hours of Thursday.

The satirist’s son Jasraj who was driving the car and actress Surilie Gautam, the heroine of his film Power Cut which is to be released on Friday, were seriously injured in the mishap, police said.

The 57-year-old actor-director, who made his way into the hearts of his people with his satirical shows like ‘Ulta Pulta’ and ‘Flop Show’, was on a tour to promote the film when the accident took place near Shahkot in Nakodar area of the district at 2:30 a.m., Bhatti’s associate Vinod Sharma told PTI in Chandigarh.

They were rushed to a private hospital in Jalandhar where Bhatti was declared brought dead.

“His body was brought to the hospital after 3 a.m. and after medical examination he was declared dead,” said Dr Harpreet Singh.

Bhatti leaves behind his wife Savita, a son and a daughter Raabiya.

Mr. Sharma said that Bhatti was going to Jalandhar from Bhatinda for the promotion of his Punjabi film which is based on the frequent power cuts in Punjab.

Bhatti’s son Jasraj and Gautam have been referred to a Ludhiana hospital. According to doctors, they are in a stable but critical condition.

Born on March 3, 1955 at Amritsar, Bhatti graduated from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh as an electrical engineer.

During his college days, he was popular for his street plays which were spoofs ridiculing corruption in society.

Before venturing into television, he was a cartoonist for the The Tribune newspaper in Chandigarh.

His satire on the Punjab police, Mahaul Theek Hai, was his first directorial venture in Punjabi. He played the role of Jolly Good Singh, a guard, in the movie Fanaa. He also starred in the Punjabi film Jijaji.

Bhatti and his wife Savita competed in a reality show ’Nach Baliye’ in 2008. The couple put their best foot forward to entertain the audiences with their dancing and comic skills.

The cremation is expected to take place later Thursday evening after his body is brought to Chandigarh after completion of various legal formalities and post-mortem, Mr. Sharma said.


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RIP.....Although a thorough-bred Tamilian, I know Hindi....Those were
the GOLDEN DAYS OF DD.....Still cannot forget his "FLOP SHOW"......OMG,
Hilarious!!!! Although his style is "very casual", it used to be too
hilarious and we used to laugh until our stomachs hurt. Ulta-pulta, flop
show etc. USED TO BE the shows that we wait very eagerly to wait in
those days of EXCELLENT programs on DD.

from:  CBelle
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012 at 07:27 IST

He used to make us cry and created pain in our stomachs by making us
laugh so much. This time, and for the first time, he gave us pain by
leaving us. I am so saddened with this mishappenning. I and we will
miss u Bhatti ji. Condolences to Jaspal-ji's family.

from:  Tejendra
Posted on: Oct 26, 2012 at 11:12 IST

By giving his life he has this time EXPOSED the poorly organised
traffic system of India. Again mr bhatti has made a point its up to the
govt now to learn a lesson and pay attention to badly controlled
traffic flow. Jaspal ji you will always remain in our hearts.

from:  suresh sharma
Posted on: Oct 26, 2012 at 07:26 IST

R.I.P. A great comedian whose flop-show and ulta-pulta were one of the few shows worth watching on National TV in the 90s. Had a great stage presence and unique view of current affairs. A great loss to the entertainment industry

from:  Binesh
Posted on: Oct 26, 2012 at 04:10 IST

Heartfelt condolences, was his big fan of ulta pulta and flop show.

from:  rahul
Posted on: Oct 26, 2012 at 03:40 IST

We pay our tributes to Bhattiji who brought in humour and
entertainment through his TV shows.
May his soulrest in peace!

from:  K.Sreekumar
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 22:57 IST

Life is so cheap in India. ! Every day hurdreds of people loose their life on Indian roads in India. According to world report the death rate is highest on Indian roads not because of rash driving but due to lack of government management , commitment towards safety of common man !

from:  Dr.Simranjit Singh
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 21:20 IST

I attended the very first show of the nonsense club (a comedy club founded by Jaspal Bhatti and like-minded PU/PEC students) in the Punjab Engg. College (PEC) Chandigarh, circa 1978/79 I think. I was a student of the Hons School in PU at the time, and my father taught at PEC. So we always had a bond of kinship with him, although I haven't follwed his career that closely. This definitely sent shock-waves through me and filled me with a profound sense of sadness.

I am also mad as hell at the banana-republic like law and order situation in India which is at the root of accidents like these. To some extent you can blame these kinds of accidents on the heterogenous traffic conditions in the country, but more than that, the blame falls on the politicains who always find a way to compromise the system to suit their convenience at the time. Once the system is corruptible, then it soon becomes a non-system, like our licensing and traffic enforcement. A tragic waste of life!

from:  Vijay Bajwa
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 20:49 IST

It is s great human and social loss of our society. People like are
the needs of the hour. HUMANITY has been main theme of his acts and humorous. He is physically no more but his contribution and remembrance will rule the heart and mind of every human being for
next many decades.
No none can take his place at any level be it humanity, humor or
Let us all pray for his peaceful heavenly journey.

from:  anjani kumar
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 20:41 IST

It is a big loss and really felt very bad on hearing this news. Some how I could relate to Jaspal ji even through TV. He is a Real Hero who always displayed the problems of the common man in a humourous Manner. You would be missed greatly.

from:  Aseem
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 20:20 IST

Really tragic day for all Indians. We will truly miss you Jaspal
Bhattiji, you made my childhood so colourful!

from:  Haritha
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 19:54 IST

Sad and sudden end of one of the best entertainers on the small screen.
May his soul rest in peace.

from:  Ramesh Sargam
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 19:41 IST

this really shocking and unacceptable moment..that brought tears to my eyes..he was a really gr8 person and a gud human being who has made us laugh throughout his acting tenure...Hats off to you Jaspal Bhatti ji

from:  Himanshu
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 19:14 IST

RIP to Bhattiji. It's a great loss for society. We miss you a lot and
your jokes and satires will be with us.

from:  Lingesh
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 18:49 IST

Dear Sir
This great man required at heaven for their entertainment.No doubt it is
a great loss to the humourous world as well to his family.Heartfelt
codolences to the bereaved family.May his soul rest in peace.

from:  rampasrinivas
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 18:47 IST

I still can't believe that Bhatti ji is no more. Alas! we made us laugh with so many comedy serials and movies.

I will also be remembered. May your soul rest in peace.
May GOD give strength to his family members in this tough time.

from:  ankit
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 18:42 IST

Sudden,tragic and shocking.Common man is deeply grieved.

from:  anashua
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 18:42 IST

I was shocked to hear the news of sudden demise of this great comedian on TV.People will remember him for his style of presenting the evils afflicting the society. I pay homage to this great hero and pray to God for peace in the heavely abode and grant solace to Madam Bhatti and their childen.

from:  Sunirmal Chakraborty
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 17:50 IST

A big loss... Losing our 'Ulta Pulta' man! My heartfelt condolences to Jaspal-ji's

from:  Ananth
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 17:27 IST

I've just heard this terrible news on NDTV. I used to watch Mr Bhatti's shows on Zee Punjabi even though I can't understand Punjabi & there were no sub-titles. Very entertaining. This is very sad. God bless him & his family.

from:  Dave Hull
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 17:07 IST

you will be missed!!!!

from:  aman
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 17:03 IST

Tragic End of a super dramatic hero...


from:  Venkat
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 17:01 IST

It is obvious and inevitable. Everyone has to face this in the course of his life, But what time is the question, Here the almighty may be right, but as far as I am concerned he is now taking away all good people from the earth. He only knows the reason.

Jaspal ji was the first to bring difficulties of common man with a humorous touch with out hurting too much. it is now hurting to hear that he no more with us. May his soul rest in peace. I also wish the almight give all the strenght to his family to face this situation to recover and move forward.

Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 16:41 IST

Its a sad story, he was one of the finest artist with genuine fun for a real cause, Hero in real life. atleast not less than Charlie Chaplin of India.
Jaspal Bhatti made a diffferance in showcasing the curroption in society in artistically manner.
my condelances to the bareaved family, and prayers for his children.

from:  john
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 16:25 IST

may your soul rest in peace.

from:  Rosjam
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 16:19 IST

I always loved his sly wit and "Flop Show" one of the best serials in Indian small screen hit... i just love his way of expressing the comedy in politics... Also loved his character of Happy Singh in Fanaa... Sir jee hats off... May your soul RIP.... We miss you for sure..

from:  Siam
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 16:09 IST

I was sincerely saddened by the abrupt/premature passing away of this great man. I grew up watching and deeply admiring his satirical commentary on social ills. God gave him immaculate sense
of wit and humor, and clarity in thought and presentation, and yet
God took him away so suddenly. India will miss this great man who
has done his part in cleaning up the societal mess, and yet brought
tears of joy and laughter to the masses. May his soul rest in
peace, and may God give his family strength to recover form this.

from:  Madhu Kalimipalli
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 16:09 IST

Today a biggest comedy king is dead. I pray to the god may give peace to him.

from:  Lalit Shaktawat
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 15:57 IST

May his soul rest in peace.

from:  DHRMU
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 15:34 IST

It is really a shocking news. Mr. Jaspal Bhatti taught us how to laugh on problems of this nation, instead of getting depressed by what is going around us. I pray to God to grant eternal peace to his soul and my heartfelt support to grieving family.

from:  Shrenik
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 15:24 IST

i am yet to believe.we have lost a very good person.the almighty may
give the sorrowing family members the courage to bear the news,beside a
speedy recovery of his son and others

Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 15:13 IST

R.I.P the legendary comedian

from:  mohit
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 14:51 IST

I feel very sad for Bhatti family and for entire country, who have lost
a genius satirist. Bhatti Ji never had to stoop to slapstick or vulgar
level to make his point. His way of making comic situation out of day to
day worries like corruption, politics and administration, were impeccable.

from:  Ashish Chaudhary
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 14:41 IST

Rest in Peace Mr.Bhatti. I am sad to hear this news.I still remember
good old days of TV which showed your comedy series Ulta Pulta which
showed that satirical view of the corruption in India. Your are a unique
personality.May your soul rest in Peace.

from:  Alan
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 14:16 IST

I was shocked, when i heard about incident. Nobody can be like Jaspal
Bhatti Sir.we love u and miss u Bhatti g. May his soul rest in peace...:

from:  Simrandeep Singh
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 14:15 IST

I have lot of nostalgic memories of his serials. I still remember his
show - "Flop Show". He used good humorous approach to fight against
corruption. RIP Jaspal Bhatti.

from:  Ankita
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 14:12 IST

when the india don't know how to laugh on joks than mr. batti teach us. he was the great person.....

from:  sameer
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 14:06 IST

Man who made millions laugh heartily has forced them to weep

from:  Jyothi
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 14:05 IST

Thank you Jaspal Jii for all the laughs and moral lessons that you
taught us... my childhood would have surely remained incomplete without
flop show... May you rest in peace...

from:  Sulabh
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 14:01 IST

May His soul Rest in Peace. In Punjab, most of the deaths occur in road
accidents. Punjab Government must take steps in this regard.

from:  manisha
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 13:59 IST

may his soul rest in peace.

from:  Karthik Uppulury
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 13:56 IST

RIP!!!! Mr.. Bhatti ji..... may god give strength to their family.... :(

from:  Monica Pawar
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 13:28 IST

May his soul rest in peace.

from:  Sriyamuna Lawrence
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 13:20 IST

I am shocked to say the least. We've lost one of the unforgettable faces
of Indian television.

from:  Sweta Singh
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 12:45 IST

Flop show in DD was a family entertainer which i eagerly waited to see. Rest in peace.

from:  suren
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 12:45 IST

Tragic end for a simple man with extraordinary capability to observe and
creating humor out of it. R.I.P.

from:  Chirag
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 12:31 IST

A big loss to our country....RIP Bhatti ji...

from:  Cherry Minda
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 12:30 IST

He tickled our ribs no end and his funny, yet incisive takes on issues
left indelible impressions. I still remember eagerly waiting for his
shows on DD during the 90's. R.I.P. Satire king! :)

from:  Anish Nambisan
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 12:16 IST

To condole such a tragedy in words is a difficult task.As a great
writer has said, this world is only a stage where each one of us plays
his or her part and then must leave, when and where it is destiny ;
Having said that , I must say that he brought into focus an entirely
different class of comedy , which was always associated with a
socially relevant theme, this makes him stand apart and rather above
all comedians.

from:  Dr Harinder
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 12:14 IST

its unbelievable first because when anybody you have seen a day before
making laughs and fun. This is a great loss to nation as Bhatti was a
great comedian for his time, a great actor and humorous sitarist as ever

from:  vipesh
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 12:12 IST

Unbelievable loss to our society........RIP.......

from:  Vishav
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 11:47 IST

When Government owned DoorDarshan Tv was the lone channel available in early 1990s , Mr Jaspal Bhatti's FLOP SHOW mocking various govt.agencies like Telephone dept. were not only hilarious but realistic . Only Mr Bhatty could highlight those shortcomings in Govt. departments.

from:  Vijay
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 11:45 IST

The plethora of sincere condolence messages is not surprising. Jaspal Bhatti was a
class by himself, all original. I sadly miss him.

from:  Soundararajan Srinivasa
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 11:38 IST

Jaspal Bhatti, , you brought joy to a lot of people with your biting comedy on corruption and inefficiency in our system. A pity that nothing changed, or even got worse, but that is inspite of you.Rest in Peace.

from:  Ravi
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 11:37 IST

Jaspal Bhatti took great way to expose our system! The public was crying
laughing country .. ! Entertaining us .. Moved to cry .. !! :'-( :'-(

from:  Anuj Tiwari
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 11:11 IST

it is a very shocked news for us that a big character suddenly removed
among us who make us laugh in any crucial matter of our society.

from:  Amitesh Kumar.
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 11:06 IST

Bhatti was a brilliant satirist, bold and candid, whose perspectives on all matters under the sun struck a chord with viewers all across the country.His comments were incisive and his take on politicians funny and at the same time his observations served as food for thought. He was unique as a comedian and as a commentator on social issues.

from:  C V ARAVIND
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 11:04 IST

The nation has indeed lost a good person who made all people to smile and laugh heartily. An earnest appeal to both literate and illiterate Indian drivers is to drive safe on road as life is more precious.

from:  Vyas K Susarla
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 11:03 IST

I am drowned in grief when I heard this news. He'll always be my favorite comedian. With his popular TV serials like Ulta-Pulta, Flop
Show, he gave new definition to sarcasm combined with serious socio-
economic and political issues. We have lost a great actor, a marvelous
coomedian and a great person by-heart. May his soul rest in peace. I
convey my sincere condolences to his family members.

from:  Rakesh Das
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 10:49 IST

Terrible news. Jaspal Bhatti will always be close to our hearts because
of all the wonderful, clean entertainment he gave us.
RIP Bhatti saab!

from:  Amalendu Tiwari
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 10:49 IST

He is one of the oldest comedian who will always be remembered.
May God rest his soul in peace.

from:  Vaibhav
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 10:39 IST

May his soul rest in peace.

from:  Venkata SRB
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 10:28 IST

RIP Jasapalji. You really made us laugh on our problems.

from:  Ajay
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 10:15 IST

Sad, he will always be remembered by numerous smiles and laughing faces he left behind...

from:  Kumar varun
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 10:01 IST

sad demise of punjabi king of comedy,Who life was full of joys and always
give a great humour to public. We will always miss your flow show

from:  arya kumar
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 09:55 IST

He is one of the people who come our minds when we think of National TV
comedians of the 90's!! The "FLOP-SHOW" is still remembered as a fun
show and all the characters esp Jaspal Ji were terrifically humorous!!
R.I.P Jaspal Bhatti Ji!

from:  Reetesh
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 09:51 IST

A great loss to comedy...he will be remembered for his instantaneous and
situational comedy and his sarcasm on politics ...May his soul rest in

from:  Piyush kumar pandey
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 09:44 IST

A very big loss to a common man........

Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 09:38 IST

Sorry to hear that Jaspal Bhatti has died in an accident. He was a class by himself. It is indeed a great loss to the world oh humour.

from:  Balasubramanian A
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 09:36 IST

Very sad news. Mr. Jaspal was a great comedian and his tv shows were quite entertaining which also highlighted common man's problems. May his soul rest in peace.

from:  Praveen Koshy Vaidyan
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 09:29 IST


from:  balvinder singh
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 09:26 IST

RIP Bhatti.

Indian traffic rules and driving conditions are pathetic, Can govt do some thing here? OR A big politician dies then wakes up to address the road safety and traffic rules?

from:  Deshpande
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 09:22 IST

Really a huge loss...

from:  Rakesh
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 09:22 IST

This is so tragic. Mr. Bhatti brought smiles on millions of faces with his
political satires. RIP. May God give strength to his family. A sad day.

from:  George
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 09:14 IST

Thank you Jaspalji for all the laughs and smiles you have given us. You will always remain one of my best moment of childhood.

from:  Ashish Chandra
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 08:54 IST

It is indeed most unfortunate that we lost Jaspal Bhatti who is the
doyen of exposing social evils through his comedy.Though there is some
slackness in his comedy looking into the present social evils and
current affairs he was instrumental in educating people on various
issues affecting the society through his comedy performance which
definetely sent messages to the society.It is a very big loss to our
society.His service to the society through comedy action can never be
forgotten.We miss you Bhatti ji.May your soul rest in peace away from
this land which has been fighting various evils of the society.

from:  JP Reddy
Posted on: Oct 25, 2012 at 08:49 IST
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