A day after he drove everyone to tears, Jaspal Bhatti made them fall off their seats laughing as they watched his debut directorial venture "Power Cut".
Following the old saying that the show must go on, the scheduled premier of Jaspal Bhatti Productions' "Power Cut" went on as planned on Friday evening at Picaddily Square, Sector 34 here.
Putting up a brave front, Jaspal Bhatti's wife Savita Bhatti along with son Jasraj Bhatti and other family members was present to pay tribute to the king of humour. The theatre hall that was packed to its capacity had personalities from Punjabi industry such as Gurdas Maan, Bhagwant Mann, Jasbir Jassi, Gurpreet Ghuggi, Harbhajan Mann, theatre personality Gick Grewal and Bollywood actor Yami Gautam.
Wearing a green suit, Savita kept crying throughout the movie. She shared: "I wore a white suit, but then everyone told me that we were going to celebrate Jaspalji's achievement. I cannot refer to him in the past tense and I felt him in every frame of the movie."
Singer Gurdas Maan said: "Jaspal Bhatti and me go a long way. Our movies also got released around the same time. What Dulla Bhatti was at the time of Aurangzeb, Bhattiji was to our times. We won't have a satirist like him, as he used to say such meaningful things in a simple way. While watching the movie, I didn't feel he wasn't with us."
The man who made Punjab cry yesterday made everyone laugh throughout his movie. And yes, the audience didn't forget to clap at all his satires. Singer Jasbir Jassi, who got emotional while sharing his grief, said: "Though I never got a chance to work with him, but my association with him was really deep. We were even planning to work together."
Comedian Gurpreet Ghuggi, too, was overwhelmed by grief and couldn't speak much. "He was the general of the army of all comedians. His presence was felt throughout the movie, but the moment it finished, we realised that he is no longer among us," he said.
Bhatti's son Jasraj, who was injured in the accident that killed Jaspal Bhatti, said: "Everyone used to get tension free when he was around. Similarly, after watching his work we got tension free. Now, we will have to see it over and over again to escape tension."
The family kept two seats vacant for Jaspal Bhatti and his father, who died last month.