Jaspal Singh Bhatti
3 March 1955
|Died||25 October 2012 (aged 57)|
Savita Bhatti (m. 1985)
|Honours||Padma Bhushan (2013)|
Jaspal Singh Bhatti (3 March 1955 – 25 October 2012) was an Indian television personality famous for his satirical take on the problems of the common man. He is most well known for his television series Flop Show, Full Tension and mini capsules Ulta Pulta which ran on Doordarshan, India's national television network, in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He was commonly known as "King of Comedy" and also "King of Satire". He carried out various anti corruption crusades in Chandigarh. His frontal attack on issues like redtapism, nepotism, and corruption was both comic and awakening for masses.
Early background and personal life
Born on 3 March 1955 in a rajput Sikh family at Amritsar, Bhatti graduated from PEC (Punjab Engineering College), Chandigarh as an electrical engineer. Bhatti married Savita Bhatti on 24 March 1985, and has a son, Jasraj Bhatti, and a daughter, Raabiya Bhatti. His wife Savita Bhatti was chosen in 2014 Elections as a Candidate of Aam Aadmi Party from Chandigarh, but she opted out.
His low-budget Flop Show TV series in the early 1990s is remembered even today. His wife Savita Bhatti produced the show and acted in all the episodes as his wife. Only 10 episodes were ever produced, but the show has had a long and powerful legacy and is well-remembered. One of his co-actors Vivek Shauq became pretty successful after his stint in Flop Show, having found a solid footing in Hindi cinema.
Bhatti subsequently acted and directed the popular TV series Ulta Pulta and Nonsense Private Limited for the Doordarshan television network. What attracted audience to his shows was his gift of inducing humour to highlight everyday issues of the middle class in India. Bhatti's satire on the Punjab police Mahaul Theek Hai (1999) was his first directorial venture for a full-length feature film in his native Punjabi language. It was well received amongst audience for its simple and honest humour. He played the role of Jolly Good Singh, a guard, in the movie Fanaa. He played a comical college principal in Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe. He also starred in the comedy Punjabi film Jijaji.
Bhatti acted in Hindi Movie Aa Ab Laut Chalen with Kadar Khan in 1999.
Bhatti appeared in SAB TV's Comedy ka King Kaun as a judge with actress Divya Dutta. In his latest stint, Bhatti and his wife Savita competed in a popular Star Plus show Nach Baliye which went on air in October 2008. The couple put their best foot forward to entertain the audiences with their dancing and comic skills.
At a 2009 carnival at Chandigarh, Bhatti put up a stall displaying vegetables, daal and oils. The onlookers were invited to throw rings around them to win these costly goods as prizes, poking fun at the government's failure to control inflation.
In 2009, Bhatti school's, Mad Art's, animation film on female foeticide 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.
Jaspal Bhatti was awarded Padma Bhushan posthumously on Republic Day 2013 for his contribution to Arts.
Bhatti was known for floating his political parties during elections to highlight the problems faced by the general public.
In 1995, he floated the 'Hawala Party' delighting passers-by with his original poker faced take on growing political corruption in the country which was already a hotly discussed topic in the context of the Jain-Hawala Diaries.
In 2002, Bhatti announced that he was starting the "Suitcase Party" & released his manifesto allotting 5 seats to his family & more seats to be decided based on the suitcase size of the prospective candidates.
In 2009, the comedian announced that he was floating the "Recession Party" & Bhajna Amli, alias Gurdev Dhillon, as his party's face from the Ludhiana. In his trademark satirical style, he kept his party's symbol as opium, drugs and alcohol for which he claimed that there will be no shortage of supply if his party is voted to power.
India's leading media critic Amita Malik says of him: "Bhatti has the correct style for TV, an understated, quiet humour which sinks in without shouting, and which mercilessly exposes both corruption in our every day life and the typical people, who thrive on it. The grim fact and the hard truths of our society so bitter otherwise are made so funny through the adept handling of Bhatti, that cleansing laughter is created out of common malpractices."
Bhatti died in a car accident near Shahkot in Jalandhar district on 25 October 2012, aged 57. The car was being driven by his son, Jasraj Bhatti. Jaspal died just one day before the release of his film Power Cut starring his son Jasraj. He is survived by his wife and children.
Awards and honours
|2013||Padma Bhushan||Government of India|
- Dil Pardesi Ho Gaya (2013) Filmed Before Death
- Power Cut (2012) – Actor and director
- Dharti (2011)- Surveen's Dad
- Mausam (2011)
- Hum Tum Shabana (2011) Guest Appearance
- Chak De Phatte (2009) – Pyara Singh Lovely
- Ek: The Power of One (2009)
- Fanaa (2006) – Jolly Good Singh
- Nalaik (2006) – Daku Mann Singh
- Mera Dil Leke Dekkho (2006)
- Jija Ji (2005) – Jija Ji
- Kuchh Meetha Ho Jaye (2005) – Ram Saran Dubey
- Nalayak (2005)
- Kuch Naa Kaho (2003) – Monty Ahluwalia
- Tujhe Meri Kasam (2003) – Sardarji
- Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani (2002)
- Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe (2002) – Naraaz Shankar
- Shakti: The Power (2002) – Nandini's uncle
- Yeh Hai Jalwa (2002) – Buta Singh
- Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai (2000) – Balwinder (Balu)
- Khauff (2000) – Hava Singh/Dava Singh
- Woh Bewafa Thi (2000)
- Kartoos (1999) – Mini's uncle
- Mahaul Theek Hai (1999)
- Aa Ab Laut Chalen (1999) – Iqbal
- Jaanam Samjha Karo (1999) – Tubby, Rahul's Secretary
- Kaala Samrajya (1999)
- Wanted: Gurdas Mann Dead or Alive (1994) – Thanedaar
|Ulta Pulta||Various characters||Also director|
|Flop Show||Various characters||Also director|
|Full Tension||Various characters||Also director|
|Hi Zindagi Bye Zindagi||Bhatti|
|Karishma – The Miracles of Destiny|||
|Thank you Jijaji||Jijaji|||
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