Grown up watching his shows on Doordarshan ‘Flop Show’ and ‘Ulta Pulta’, it was nothing less than a dream to meet Jaspal Bhatti Sir.
I still remember the day back in late 90’s when I was accompanying my father in Chandigarh Press Club. There were five other mediapersons sitting on the table already, just when Bhatti sir joined us.
The waiter was taking order from everyone and the first thing Bhatti sir spoke, ‘Eh saariyaan da bill main dawaanga (I will pay for all of them), and there came a reply in chorus, oh nai nai sir(no sir), and Bhatti sir replied ( main taan formality sake pooch riya c, main kehda dena c) (I was asking just for formality, I wasn’t going to pay it eventually).
That was the kind of person he was. He always use to make people laugh. Given the write name that portrays him the best, Jolly Singh in movie Fanaa, he indeed was a jolly person.
Those days one would often see him in the Press club and the table he was occupying will be buzzing with his jokes and everyones’ laughter.
Few months later, his ‘misdirected’ movie as it was published not directed but misdirected by Jaspal Bhatti “Mahaul Theek Hai’ released and once again he tickled everyone’s funny bones.
Years later, while studying in Panjab University, I came across his son Jasraj Bhatti. Savita Bhatti mam was accompanying her son for his admission in our department.
He never exhibited any trait that would show he is a son of such celebrity parents. Infact, you could make out this man also had a vision like his father.
You would always find him down to earth and friendly to talk.
It’s very tragic to loose a man like Bhatti sir, for no one again may attack on the prevalent social issues with a sarcastic humour as he use to do.
A man who made everyone laugh also made everyone cry in the end.
Condolences to his family for this unbearable loss.