Jaspal Bhatti: The Funnyman of Indian Television
Jaspal Singh Bhatti, one of the most well known comedians of Indian television, touched a chord with the audience by highlighting everyday problems of the common man through simple and honest humour.
Bhatti, 57, who died in a car accident in the wee hours of October 25, will always be remembered for his television series Flop Show and mini capsules Ulta Pulta during the golden days of Doordarshan in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
The low-budget series Flop Show is remembered even today for taking on the problems of middle class Indians in a quirky way. His wife Savita Bhatti produced the show and acted in all the episodes as his wife.
Image: Jaspal Bhatti in Flop Show
Jaspal Bhatti: Jolly Good!
Born on March 3, 1955 at Amritsar in a Rajput Sikh family, Bhatti graduated from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, as an electrical engineer.
He became popular with his street plays in the city. His plays were spoofs ridiculing corruption in society.
Before venturing into television, he was a cartoonist for The Tribune newspaper in Chandigarh.
After a successful stint on television with his show, Bhatti's subsequently acted in Hindi and Punjabi films and got his due recognition in the film industry with Salman Khan starrer Janam Samjha Karo in 1999, where he played Salman's personal secretary.
Bhatti played the role of Jolly Good Singh, a guard, in Aamir Khan-Kajol starrer Fanaa.
He also starred in the Punjabi comedy, Jijaji.
Image: Jaspal Bhatti
Dancing with wife Savita
His first directorial venture was a feature film in his native Punjabi language Mahaul Theek Hai, a humorous take on Punjab police.
Bhatti appeared on many reality shows after that. He was seen in Comedy ka King Kaun as a co-judge with actress Divya Dutta and also presented his dancing abilities in Nach Baliye with wife Savita.
Image: Jaspal Bhatti with wife Savita in Nach Baliye
Thank you, Bhattiji!
Bhatti set up a training school and a studio in Mohali near Chandigarh called Joke Factory and also an animation school Mad Arts, where he launched a new 52-episode comedy series titled Thank You Jijaji.
The school also produced an animation film on female foeticide, which won the second prize in the Advantage
India organised by 1take media. It won a certificate of merit at the IDPA-2008 Awards in Mumbai.
The comedian's latest film Power Cut, is based on the frequent power cuts in Punjab.
Image: Jaspal Bhatti in Power Cut