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Flop Show
Created byJaspal Bhatti
Written byJaspal Bhatti
Directed byJaspal Bhatti
StarringJaspal Bhatti
Vivek Shauq
Savita Bhatti
Rajesh Jolly
B. N. Sharma
Kuldeep Sharma
Country of originIndia
Original languageHindi
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
ProducerSavita Bhatti
EditorVishnu Malhotra
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running timeApprox. 25 minutes
Original release
NetworkDD National
Release31 October 1989 (1989-10-31)

Flop Show is an Indian television sitcom that first aired on DD National in 1989. The show was written and directed by satirical humorist Jaspal Bhatti, who also played himself as the main character. His wife Savita Bhatti produced the show and also acted in all the episodes as his wife. The sitcom was a satire on the socio-cultural problems faced by a common Indian at the time. Only 10 episodes of the show were produced.[1]

The show was again telecast on DD National from 19 May 2020 during the lockdown due to coronavirus.[2]


Flop Show has a distinctive opening sequence. It starts off with a dedication to those whom the specific episode is poking fun at. This is followed by the title song "Flop Show", which mocks the show itself as being misdirected. It features most of the main cast collectively playing musical instruments as a band. H. N. Singh appears as an eye-patch wearing, menacing looking director. The other cast members are dressed variously as a police inspector, a doctor, a peon, etc.

The show was shot completely in Chandigarh with some episodes being shot at Punjab Engineering College (Jaspal Bhatti is an alumnus of that college). The cast remained the same in every episode, although they played different characters as each episode essayed a different story.

Another distinctive aspect of the show was a joke in between the casting credits at the beginning and a satirically reworded popular Hindi film song played at the end of every episode, in the form of a Parody.


Following is the complete list of episodes:

Episode Title Jaspal Bhatti's Role Episode Description
1 Govt. Officer Govt. Official A satirical take on the functioning of government offices. It parodies the misuse of government machinery, portrayed through a head of a government office (Jaspal Bhatti) deploying public officials and resources to search for his missing pet dog and according promotion to official who is successful in the endeavour.
2 Medical Bills Patient's friend A satirical take on fake medical reimbursement claims of employees. Jaspal Bhatti's friend, who is very ill, gets hospitalized in his name to get free government sponsored medical care. When he passes away, people assume Jaspal Bhatti to be dead.
3 Property Tenant A satirical take on the travails of honest real estate property owners. This episode highlights some of the devious schemes used by tenants for usurping residential property belonging to others.
4 Contractor Tenant A take on the poor quality construction of Government-built apartments, shoddy work of contractors and nexus between government engineers and contractors. It showcases the troubles of residents of housing complexes.
5 Ph.D. Professor and Ph.D. student's guide A satirical take on the harassment that professors guiding post-graduate research students submit them to. In this episode, Jaspal Bhatti plays the professor guiding a Ph.D. student. He gets all his domestic chores done through his protégé. Eventually, he agrees to pass his student's thesis with the intention of getting him married to his sister-in-law.
6 Meeting Govt. Official This episode takes on the daily routine of Government bureaucrats who spent most of their day in meaningless meetings and instead of making decisions, form committees and subcommittees, eventually leading to no result.
7 Doctor Doctor A take on the callous working habits of doctors in Government hospitals, unionism amongst nurses and ward boys. Jaspal Bhatti plays a doctor who thinks that he lost his watch in a patient's stomach during a surgery.
8 Chief Guest Chief Guest A satirical take on chief guests arriving late at public functions and thus making audiences wait. The episode illustrates the misery of a chief guest (Jaspal Bhatti) who actually arrives at a function on time.
9 Line Man Telephone customer A parody on the working of the Indian telephone department and its officials. It shows the delays in getting telephone connections, and the poor quality of telephone infrastructure in those days.
10 TV Serial Producer Based on the lack of creative content in TV productions. It parodied an attempt to produce a television programme by individuals with money but no qualifications. Jaspal Bhatti plays the producer here.



  1. ^ "15 Jokes From Jaspal Bhatti's 'Full Tension' & 'Flop Show' That'll Make You Want To Watch Them Again". ScoopWhoop. 23 January 2018. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  2. ^ "Return of Flop Show on Doordarshan emotional: Savita Bhatti". The Indian Express. 20 May 2020. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Jaspal Bhatti's Flop Show returns to Doordarshan". India Today. 20 May 2020. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Savita Bhatti calls return of 'Flop Show' on Doordarshan emotional". The Times of India. 20 May 2020. Retrieved 14 June 2020.

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