Jaspal Bhatti, 57, who died in a car accident in the wee hours of Thursday morning, was best known for his television series, Flop Show, and the mini capsules called Ulta Pulta on Doordarshan in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He will be sadly missed.
Industry mourns Jaspal
Jaspal Bhatti's wife Savita Bhatti being consoled by comedian Gurpreet Ghuggi at Bhatti’s house in Sector 19. Keshav Singh/HT
Colleagues remember the famous comedian, who passed away after an accident yesterday
Popular for his hit TV shows, Flop Show and Ulta Pulta on Doordarshan in the late ’80s and early ’90s, Jaspal Singh Bhatti is remembered for his satirical humour and comments on the every day issues of the common man. Later, he made shows like Full Tension and Thank you Jijaji, which saw average success. He also did movies like Mausam (2011), Ek (2009), Fanaa (2006), Kuch Naa Kaho (2003), Shakti: The Power (2002), Yeh Hai Jalwa (2002), Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai (2000) and Aa Ab Laut Chalen (1999).
— Kavita Awaasthi
I’d grown up watching Ulta Pulta and Flop Show. He was a unique talent who did satire effortlessly. The saddest part is that his new Punjabi film, Powercut, in which he launches his son, is due for release today and he won’t be there to see it. We did many events together. I hadn’t met him in over eight months, but now I wish I had.
Kapil Sharma, comedian
I didn’t work with him a lot, but we shared mutual respect. We have lost a live cartoonist — yes that’s what I call him. Just as there are daily cartoons in newspapers, his take on every day events is the same, only he is vocal about them.
Rakesh Bedi, actor
I worked with him in Kuch Naa Kaho. He was a sweet, well-behaved person who wasn’t pompous about being so famous. He was entertaining on the sets and taught me how to be subtle in comedy. He would joke constantly, so we all had to be alert in order to gauge what was a joke and what wasn’t.
Tanaaz Currim, actor