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Jaspal Bhatti, the king of comedy no more

  • Savita Bhatti being consoled by comedian Gurpreet Ghuggi in Sector 19

    Jaspal Bhatti's wife Savita Bhatti being consoled by comedian Gurpreet Ghuggi at Bhatti’s house in Sector 19. Keshav Singh/HT

  • Jasbir Jassi with Savita Bhatti at Bhatti’s house in Sector 19

    Singer Jasbir Jassi with Jaspal Bhatti's wife Savita Bhatti at Bhatti’s house in Sector 19.Keshav Singh/HT

  • Punjabi comedian and actor Jaspal Bhatti

    Punjabi comedian and actor Jaspal Bhatti died in a tragic car accident on October 25, 2012 after his car collided with a tree near Shahkot ...

  • Friends and relatives

    Friends and relatives of Jaspal Bhatti carry his dead body to a civil hospital in Jalandhar on Thursday. Pardeep Pandit/HT

  • Jaspal Bhatti's son Jasraj Bhatti

    Jaspal Bhatti's son Jasraj being treated at DMC hospital in Ludhiana after the accident. Gaurav Bajaj/HT

  • The ill-fated Honda accord car

    The ill-fated Honda accord car in which Jaspal Bhatti, his son Jasraj, PR manager Navneet Joshi and actress Surilie Gautam were travelling. HT File Photo

  • Punjabi comedian Balwinder Vickey alias

    Punjabi comedian Balwinder Vickey alias Chacha Raunki Ram (C) and actor, producer Prem Kakria (R) mourn the loss of noted director and actor Jaspal Bhatti. ...

  • Jaspal Bhatti, his wife Savita Bhatti

    He was famous for his satirical humour and comic attack on the prevalent social issues. In this file photo Bhatti, his wife Savita Bhatti and ...

  • Jaspal Bhatti leading

    He was also famous for his street plays like Nonsense Club. In this picture he leads the protest demanding subsidies in medicines from government. HT ...

  • Jaspal Bhatti and his wife Savita Bhatti

    Jaspal Bhatti and his wife Savita Bhatti, have both worked together in many Punjabi movies and shows. HT File Photo

Legendary Indian comedian Jaspal Bhatti, who died in a car crash in the early hours of Thursday in Punjab’s Nakodar town, has left the young comic fraternity serious. Bhatti, 57, was on a 40-day promotional tour to promote his film Power Cut when the mishap occurred.

Popular contemporary comic artists, who grew up watching Bhatti’s gags that mirrored social issues, are shaken up and say he will still be idolised by generations of comedians to come.

“This news is very tragic and shocking. It is a big loss. His gags were more than just entertainment. They were social observations and he set the podium for today’s comedians. I had the fortune of meeting him a few times in Chandigarh. I was very quiet and intimidated,” says Cyrus Sahukar.

Comic artist Vir Das says the legend has left behind a legacy of great comedy in India. “I never had the honour of meeting Mr Bhatti, but he was my first exposure to comedy. His shows, Flop Show and Ulta Pulta, have been an integral part of my childhood. The best part about him was that he used to do subtle and intelligent satire. He was much ahead of his time. He was truly a great satirist and a big inspiration for everyone in the comedy space.”

For stand up comic Neeti Palta, Jaspal Bhatti was someone who taught us how to laugh at ourselves. “He was one of the pioneers of the industry in India, who actually taught us to laugh at ourselves through his satires like Flop Show. Ulta Pulta was a special inspiration for me and I always wanted to meet him,” she says.  

Bhattiisms
He is known for his TV shows Ulta Pulta, Flop Show, Full Tension, Thank You Jijaji and Hye Zindagi Bye Zindagi
n He has worked in films like Mausam, Fanaa, Aa Ab Laut Chalen, Kuch Meetha Ho Jaye and Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai, Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe and Jaanam Samjha Karo.

Twitter tributes

Life is a sad, pointless affair. Until somebody cracks a good joke... RIP Jaspal Bhatti #respect @RanvirShorey

Romance passed away earlier this week now laughter dies too ......surely the world is coming to an end. RIP jaspal Bhatti @sureshmenon

RIP Jaspal Bhatti..The poker faced humour..the Satire..you will definitely be missed Jaspalji @jaavedjaaferi

RIP JASPAL BHATTI- one of the first ppl to entertain audience with his political satires. Condolences to the family- a big n untimely loss@riteishd

We learned a lot from him.His gags had an important social message, and he set the podium for today’s comedians - Cyrus Sahukar, actor-comedian

He was much ahead of his time. The best part was that his satire was subtle and intelligent- Vir Das, stand-up comic

 

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