I WAS about 7 to 8 years old when his super hit shows Ulta-Pulta and Flop Show were released and we used to sit together watching these shows on DD1. Last Thursday, after hearing the news of his tragic demise, brought all those memories fresh in my mind, and my heart ached with pain thinking we will not be having that unique reason to laugh - the dry wit of Jaspal Singh Bhatti.
As a child I remember laughing uncontrollably at these dialogues. In another episode he intelligently portrayed the character of a government employee who is always presenting fake medical bills to his boss and takes extra money. And in the end in order to help an old ill friend he himself gets trapped in his own racket of fake bills. I still remember the name of the hospital of that episode "Hit & Trial Hospital New Delhi"!
Jaspal Bhatti once presented one episode where PhD students of Professor Bhatti serve their guide more than working on their research to get their degrees, and please their guide. He, as a professor and guide to students, gives odd personal jobs to his students, which beautifully portrays the current education system of the country.
Somebody gets milk for him in the morning at 5 am, some are given jobs to sell his second-hand old car, and 5 to 6 PhD students are given the duty to start the same car every morning.
There were among the many humorous eye openers Jaspal Bhatti presented - with messages rolled into humour - like how to eat at a biscuit with tea and how to wear a payjama, and many such comic tutorials. To again enjoy these comic sketches and numerous others, one can go to YouTube and search for past episodes.
I am reminded of all these memories and they flashed through my mind, so I went to YouTube and watched all the episodes that I could search, and felt heavy in my heart for my and my father's favourite comic actor. I wish he will still make God laugh up there with his witty comedy.
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