Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday condoled the “untimely” death of satirist Jaspal Bhatti, saying his work using cinema and television to hold up a mirror to society will be long remembered.

He endeared himself to generations with his unique perspective on probity in public life, said Dr. Singh in a message to Bhatti’s family.

“In his unfortunate passing away the country has lost a person who pioneered a unique perspective on probity in public life,” he added.

Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said: “His hard-hitting yet light-hearted satires touched public conscience and left a deep impact on everyone. The cartoonist, actor and film-maker in him struck a chord with and won the hearts of millions of people.”

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said an era of humour had come to an end with Bhatti’s death. “Bhatti was a famous satirist and a social worker. With his death an era of humour has ended.” — PTI