Flop Show

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Flop Show
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Created byJaspal Bhatti
Written byJaspal Bhatti
Directed byJaspal Bhatti
StarringJaspal Bhatti
Vivek Shauq
Savita Bhatti
Rajesh Jolly
BN Sharma
Kuldeep Sharma
Country of originIndia
Original language(s)Hindi
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Producer(s)Savita Bhatti
Editor(s)Vishnu Malhotra
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running timeApprox. 25 minutes
Original networkDD National
Picture format480i
Original release31 October 1989 (1989-10-31)

Flop Show is an Indian television sitcom that first aired on DD National on 31 October 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 the common man in India at the time. Only 10 episodes of the show were produced.


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. Jaspal Bhatti appears as an eye-patch wearing, menacing looking director (to correct, it's not Jaspal Bhatti, it's the music director H.N. Singh). 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.


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 government official (Jaspal Bhatti Gurpreet Singh) deploying public officials and resources to search for his missing pet dog.
2 Medical Bills Patient's friend A satirical take on fake medical reimbursement claims of employees. This episode is about Jaspal Bhatti's friend, who is very ill, getting hospitalized in his name. 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 and the shoddy work of 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 even appoint committees for making trivial decisions.
7 Doctor Doctor A take on the callous working habits of doctors in Government hospitals. 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.


  • Jaspal Bhatti as Jaspal Bhatti "Bhattiji"
  • Savita Bhatti as Savita Bhatti, Jaspal Bhatti's wife
  • Vivek Shauq
  • Neena Cheema
  • B.N. Sharma
  • Rajesh Jolly
  • Binny Grover
  • Brijesh Ahuja
  • Devender Mundepi
  • Kishore Mehta
  • Kuldeep Sharma
  • Payal Chaudhary
  • Prem Kakaria
  • Rajinder
  • Ramesh Chadda
  • Ravi Sharma
  • Shyam Juneja
  • Sunil Grover
  • Vinod Sharma
  • Arjuna Bhalla


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