Jaspal Bhatti, who was killed in a road accident in the wee hours on Thursday, was cremated this evening. Family, friends and well-wishers came in huge numbers to pay their respect to the renowned satirist. The cremation was done by his son Jasraj Bhatti who was brought from DMCH Ludhiana in an ambulance at 4pm.
His son Jasraj Bhatti, who was driving the car that rammed into a tree leaving Jaspal Bhatti dead on the spot. Renowned Punjabi Singer Jasbir Jassi, Punjabi actor Mehar Mittal, Actor Yami Gautam, comedian Gurpreet Ghuggi and Nek Chand were present amongst others at Jaspal Bhatti's cremation.
There were four persons inside the car at the time of accident, including Jaspal Bhatti, Jasraj Bhatti, lead actress of Jaspal Bhatti's upcoming movie "Power Cut" Surilie Gautam and PR manager Navneet Joshi.
The accident took place at 1.30 AM, when Jasraj lost the control over the vehicle while taking a blind turn, said deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Mukhvinder Singh, adding that they were coming back after a promotional event of their upcoming movie.
A passing tractor trolley driver noticed the accident and immediately informed the police and all the four injured were immediately rushed to Orthonova Hospital in Jalandhar, the DSP said.
Balwinder Vickey, famous as "Chacha Rounaki Ram" was also one of Bhatti's close associate, who reached the civil hospital in the wee hours. "It is a great loss for Bollywood as well as for Punjabi film industry, as Bhatti was a great actor apart from source of inspiration for budding artist".
Politicians condole Jaspal Bhatti's demise
As a class, politicians may have been at the receiving end of humorist-actor Jaspal Bhatti but they were united in offering tributes to him following his death in a car accident early Thursday.
Expressing grief, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal described Bhatti as a "multi-faceted personality and a true son of the soil". "Bhatti, through his rare sarcastic humour and wit made enormous contribution in sensitising the general public, especially at the grass roots level in eradicating social evils from the society," Badal said in his condolence message.
Bhatti died early Thursday after the Honda Accord car in which he was travelling hit a tree near Nakodar town, 170 km from here. Bhatti was travelling from Bathinda to Jalandhar for the promotion of his latest film "Power Cut", which is to be released Friday. Badal said that Bhatti was "an icon for budding artists, especially the humorists across the country. He has left an indelible imprint on the television and Punjabi film industry due to his relentless efforts to relieve the stressed minds in the present melancholic society through his healthy comedy."
"As a 'laughter king', he became a household name in comedy. A void has been created in the arena of Punjabi film industry, TV and print media which will be hard to be filled," Badal added. Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said that Bhatti was known for highlighting the problems of the common man in a satirical manner. "He will be long remembered for his television series 'Flop Show' and mini capsule 'Ulta Pulta'," Hooda said.
Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni said: "Shri Bhatti will always be remembered for his portrayal of the problems of the common man. He truly pioneered the comedy content on TV, especially through Doordarshan. His TV shows left a deep imprint on the minds of the common people. He always regaled the audience with his subtle, quiet and honest humour." Film actors, TV personalities, theatre artists and people from other fields also condoled the untimely death of the 57-year-old comedian-actor.
Bollywood mourns Jaspal Bhatti's death
Bollywood celebrities today expressed shock over satirist Jaspal Bhatti's death in a car accident, calling it a loss of an "incredible entertainer".
Bhatti died when his car rammed into a roadside tree in the wee hours. While his son Jasraj, who was driving the car and actress Surilie Gautam were seriously injured in the mishap.
Aupam Kher, who was quite close to Bhatti said: "Just Landed in Mumbai and came to know about my friend Jaspal Bhatti's tragic death. Why is God taking away all d nicest people. So SAD (sic).
"I used to tell Jaspal Bhatti that he does fantastic comedy so seriously. He was also a great supporter of anti corruption campaign. RIP." Actor Akshay Kumar recalled memories of Bhatti's hit TV series 'Flop Show'.
"Saddened to know about the death of the great comedian, Jaspal Bhatti. I have fond memories of his super hit show, Flop Show, providing the much needed humour in our lives. May his soul rest in peace," said Kumar.
Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar said Bhatti had mastered the art of making people laugh. "RIP Bhatti ji, may God give strength to your family," he added.
Actor Jimmy Sheirgill, who also hails from Punjab, seemed shaken with the news.
"Received another shockingly terrible news of the demise of Jaspal Bhatti saab today... I don't know what's hapenning.. so sad... RIP," said Sheirgill.
"My deepest condolences to late Jaspal Bhatti's family! may God give them strength to bear this sudden loss! May Bhatti saab rest in peace!," said Manoj Bajpayee.
"Really sad to hear the news about Jaspal Bhatti's death.. What an incredible entertainer he was..," said Kunal Kapoor.
Aftab Shivdasani tweeted, "Prayers for the soul of ace comedian Jaspalji Bhatti, unfortunate and sad. RIP."
"RIP Jaspal Bhatti! really sad! He really got us all 'Ulta Pulta wth his wit n humor," said Divya Dutta.
"The man behind the superhit 'Flop Show', no more. RIP Bhatti sahab," said Shreyas Talpade.
'Was travelling to promote his film'
Bhatti was on his way to address media for promotion of his new film "Power Cut". He planned to distribute 'pirated CDs" to media in an attempt to criticise the piracy. Surilie Gautam, lead actress of the movie was already engaged to Bhatti's son Jasraj and in the next couple of months they were expected to get married. Surilie is younger sister of Yami Gautam, key actress of famous Hindi film "Vicky Donor" and daughter of vice president of PTC Channel, Mukesh Gautam.
Navneet Joshi, is younger brother of BJP's State media incharge Vinit Joshi and was engaged by Bhatti for promotion of the film.