Written by Puja Talwar
December 07, 2012 10:29 IST
(New Delhi )
The man who made us laugh at our fallacies, an electric engineer by profession, Jaspal Bhatti was inclined towards theatrics since his days as a student at Punjab Engineering College. His group My Nonsense Club would spoof the everyday struggles of the common man through street plays.
Though an engineer with the Government of Punjab, Jaspal Bhatti did a short stint as a cartoonist with a newspaper and his foray into television began with the super hit Ulta Pulta on Doordarshan in the 80's his satirical take on social issues, came liberally sprinkled with humor and made him a household name.
The success of Ulta Pulta was followed by the super hit sitcom Flop Show, yet another satrical take on socio-political problems of the common man.
Mr Bhatti's flair for inducing humor and satirising society in a subtle yet cleverly crafted amusing manner made the show a national hit.
His directorial debut with the Punjabi film Mahaul Theek Hai in 1999 on the Punjab police force did ruffle a lot of feathers, as sections of society demanded a ban on it saying it maligned the police force by presenting its officers as corrupt and drunk. But the movie's simplicity and honesty appealed to the public at large.
Jaspal Bhatti died tragically in a road accident last night whilst on a promotional tour for his next film, Power Cut in Jalandhar. He was just 57.
Also seen in several Hindi films, Mr Bhatti's demise has come as a shock to his fans in the film industry.
Javed Jaffery wrote: "RIP Jaspal Bhatti..The poker faced humour..the Satire..you will definitely be missed Jaspalji"
Arshad Warsi tweeted: "In a very tragic accident we have lost yet another good soul.. RIP Mr Jaspal Bhatti."
Vir Das: Amaster class in clean, understated, positive, astute, intelligent satire. Every Indian comedian owes you a great Debt. RIP Jaspal Bhatti.
Ranvir Shorey: Life is a sad, pointless affair. Until somebody cracks a good joke... RIP Jaspal Bhatti.
Neha Dhupia: Thank you for all the laughs sir ... RIP Jaspal Bhatti Ji .