The words ‘brave’ and ‘courageous’ seem like an understatement when one sets out to describe Savita Bhatti. The wife of late comedian and satirist Jaspal Bhatti, Savita decided to go ahead with the premiere of her late husband’s dream project, Power Cut, a day after his demise. Now, barely a week after the tragedy, Savita distributed the pirated music CDs of Power Cut at Chandigarh Press Club, Sector 27, on Thursday. In an interaction with the media, she stressed on the gravity of the problem of rising piracy in Punjabi industry.
The evil of piracy
“I am happy that Jaspal ji’s dream project received such a warm response. When the mishap occurred, Jaspal ji was actually travelling from Bathinda to Jalandhar to distribute Pirated CDs. Jasraj and I decided to finish what Jaspal ji had set out to do. While we are distributing the pirated CDs, the original music of the film [by Daddy Mohan Records] will be released on Monday.
Master Saleem, who sung two songs for the film, also joined us in the initiative to spread awareness about the ills of piracy, and the losses the record company incurs. The government has been promising to put an end to this evil, including the Goonda Act, but to no avail. Jaspal ji wanted to take up this issue and educate people through his ulta-pulta comedy. We have just tried to take his vision forward,” says Bhatti.
Talking about the business Power Cut raked in, Bhatti adds, “The personal loss is so heavy that I have not been keeping a track of the business Power Cut has done. But, I am happy that the message that we tried to deliver through the film has been received well by the audience.”
Life after Jaspal ji…
“I was shattered; what keeps me going is the love and warmth of the people who continue to support me. The family has been mourning, but I feel that everybody around has been doing the same, because Jaspal ji was a major part of everybody’s life, thanks to his work. We have not been cooking food at home because someone always brings it over. I was also very touched to see social networking sites brimming with condolences and illustrations, especially the ones that show Jaspal ji spreading cheer in heaven.”
A prayer meeting is being held today from 1.30 pm to 3 pm for Jaspal Bhatti at the ground opposite Sector 34 gurdwara.