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Padma Bhushan for Jaspal Bhatti

IANS  New Delhi , January 25, 2013
First Published: 23:16 IST(25/1/2013) | Last Updated: 12:26 IST(27/1/2013)

Jaspal Bhatti, the genial sardar who not just brought on a smile but also provoked introspection with his biting wit and satire, has been posthumously named for the Padma Bhushan honour on the eve of the 64th Republic Day.

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Padma Bhushan is the third highest civilian award in the country.

An electrical engineer by profession, Bhatti, said to be the most popular Sikh comedian, carved a niche for himself with 'Ulta-Pulta', which was regularly telecast on Doordarshan. It was followed by 'Flop Show', a satire on social issues, which became a huge hit on the small screen.

In 1999, Bhatti produced and directed the popular Punjabi film 'Mahaul Theek Hai', a satire on the Punjab Police, administration and society.

Jaspal Bhatti, the quintessential entertainer, passed away after a road accident in October. He was 57.


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