Jaspal Bhatti, actor and comedian who touched a chord with the masses with his humorous take on social ills and highlighted problems of common man, died in a road accident yesterday, 25 October. His car rammed into a roadside tree in the wee hours of Thursday. The actor was rushed to a hospital and was declared brought dead on arrival, by the doctors. Jaspal Bhatti is survived by his wife Savita, son Jasraj Bhatti, and daughter, Raabiya Bhatti.
The 57-year-old actor was going to Jalandhar to promote his film ‘Power Cut’. Reportedly, Bhatti’s son Jasraj was driving. The film’s actress Surilie Gautam was in the car too. Both Surilie Gautam and Jasraj were injured, too.
‘Power Cut’, was slated to release this Friday.
Talking about Bhatti’s work, ‘Flop Show’, a low-budget comedy program, in the early 90’s, brought Jaspal Bhatti to fame. After that, the much loved actor worked in a number of shows and also made movies in Punjabi. Bhatti, is perhaps the most famous Sikh comedian, who acted in several Bollywood films, too.
Taking to Twitter, Bollywood celebs expressed their grief over Bhatti’s tragic death.
Riteish Deshmukh: RIP JASPAL BHATTI- one of the first ppl to entertain audience with his political satires. Condolences to the family- a big n untimely loss.
Arshad Warsi: In a very tragic accident we have lost yet another good soul.. RIP Mr Jaspal Bhatti
Neha Dhupia: “Thank you for all the laughs sir … RIP Jaspal Bhatti Ji .”
Sonu Sood: RIP Jaspal Bhatti Sir..you will always be missed.
Sophie Choudry: Just drove past the Jaspal Bhatti acting school in Chandigarh. Log chale jaatein hain. Their legacy remains. Tku 4 the laughs! RIP Jaspalji
Vishal Dadlani: Goodbye, Jaspal Bhatti. So few can be satirical, topical, intelligent and yet roaringly popular. RIP.
Mini Mathur: Oh no!! RIP Jaspal Bhatti. What’s happening god???!!!
Punit Malhotra: Remember watching The Flop Show innumerable times as a kid… Truly one of India’s leading comedy men!!! RIP Jaspal Bhatti.
Shreya Ghoshal: R.I.P. Jaspal Bhatti. :(:(
Jaspal Bhatti was cremated on Thursday evening and his pyre was lit by his son Jasraj.