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Satire King Jaspal Bhatti will always be remembered
Another heartbreaking tragedy has ended the life of veteran actor, director and producer Jaspal Bhatti. The man who laid the foundation of comedy in the Indian television industry in the late '80s and early '90s with his shows like Ulta Pulta and Flop Show, is no more with us. He died in a tragic road accident early in the morning today near Jalandhar in Punjab.

THE THING I still remember about Jaspal Bhatti is his two most awesome comic shows, Ulta Pulta and Flop Show, which gave the Indian Television industry and the country a reason to laugh. His satire was not ordinary - yet it was direct and straight-on funny.

Lines like "Jaspal Bhatti Production Represents" and "Misdirected by Jaspal Bhatti" was something we all used to laugh at. And a name like Flop Show is itself ensured that we remembered the programme.

Unfortunately, Jaspal Bhatti, who was 57, will not be making us laugh any more, and has left us with tears and memories. Born in Amritsar on March 3rd 1955, Jaspal Bhatti did his graduation from Punjab Engineering College in Chandigarh, and became an electrical engineer. But even during those days he was quite active in theatre and street plays, which gave him a direction in life to become one of the most appreciated comedians of the country. The first street play, which gave him some identity, was "Nonsense Club" during his college days.

Most of this plays were spoofs on politics and corruption of yesteryears, and in his unique style his comic style never looked cheap, and even conveyed some beautiful messages through totally unexpected stories and dialogues.

The aspect that attracted all of us to his shows was his God-gifted humourous way to highlight everyday issues of the middle class of the country, and people easily connected with it, and that's the reason why they still remember the episode of Flop Show where he showed that the lost dog of a boss is much more important than an employee's lost relative.

Jaspal Bhatti directed his first full-fledged feature film in 1999, Mahaul Theek Hai, a satire on Punjab Police. He also acted in many films, one of them was the Aamir Khan-starer Fanaa. He played the role of Jolly Good Singh - similar to his own personality. He also played a comical college principal in film Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe, and starred in the comedy Punjabi film Jijaji.

Bhatti also judged a comedy show on SAB TV, Comedy Ka King Kaun, with actress Divya Dutta and danced with his wife and popular co-actress Savita Bhatti in Nach Baliye in 2008.

Jaspal Bhatti also set up an acting and training school, and a studio in Mohali near Chandigarh called "Joke Factory" where he was training many aspiring young actors with his own talent before his tragic death.

Bhatti also launched a new 52-episode comedy series titled ''Thank You Jijaji'' on Sony's family entertainment channel, SAB TV. It was shot at his own MAD Arts film school at Chandigarh.

His unique way of showing protest against government for infilation was seen in a 2009 carnival at Chandigarh where he put up a stall displaying vegetables, daal and oils and other daily-use products, and onlookers were invited to throw rings around them to win these costly goods as prizes to poke fun at the government's failure to control inflation.

Bhatti was always active not only in presenting political issues in a comic way but also presented social issues like female foeticide through animation films, which also won the second prize in Advantage India contest in 2009.

For all his contribution and smiles, he gave to our country, he was awarded with Lifetime Achievement Award, at the first Golden Kela Awards.

Just after the four days of the death of veteran filmmaker Yash Raj Chopra this is another shocking news for the people of the country, and for cinema lovers, who lost another golder pillar of the industry.

"One of the pioneers of natural humor and genuine comedy gone. Deeply shaking...," Shuchi Jain told this citizen journalist .

Jaspal Bhatti is survived by his wife Savita, his daughter Raabiya and his son Jasraj Bhatti who was driving at the time of accident, and was injured along with the heroine Suril Gautam of Bhatti's latest film 'Power Cut'. They were going to Jalandhar to promote his film when they hit a road-side tree, and the collision caused Bhatti's death on the spot. 

"India has lost an irereplaceable precious gem of the home-made humour arena. No words have the power to explain the aura of this guy next door on the silver screen," Bachan Thakur told this citizen journalist.

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