'Flop Show' to 'Power Cut': The best of Jaspal Bhatti

Movies | | October 25, 2012, 1:10 pm
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Though he joined the Punjab government as an engineer, Bhatti's heart and soul lay in comedy and satire.

Though he joined the Punjab government as an engineer, Bhatti's heart and soul lay in comedy and satire.

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Though he was Chandigarh based, he was a frequent traveller to Mumbai and Delhi for films, TV appearances and shows.

Though he was Chandigarh based, he was a frequent traveller to Mumbai and Delhi for films, TV appearances and shows.

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He acted in Bollywood films like 'Jaanam Samjha Karo', 'Aa Ab Laut Chalen', 'Fanaa', 'Mausam' and others.

He acted in Bollywood films like 'Jaanam Samjha Karo', 'Aa Ab Laut Chalen', 'Fanaa', 'Mausam' and others.

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His spoofs, satire and comedy kept us entertained for years. Jaspal Bhatti, you will be missed always.

His spoofs, satire and comedy kept us entertained for years. Jaspal Bhatti, you will be missed always.

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Within no time, Bhatti's satire on social issues became a national hit. He followed it up with another hit TV show, 'Flop Show'.

Within no time, Bhatti's satire on social issues became a national hit. He followed it up with another hit TV show, 'Flop Show'.

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An electrical engineer by profession, Jaspal Bhatti was perhaps the most famous Sikh comedian.

An electrical engineer by profession, Jaspal Bhatti was perhaps the most famous Sikh comedian.

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Jaspal Bhatti acted in many Bollywood and Punjabi films as well.

Jaspal Bhatti acted in many Bollywood and Punjabi films as well.

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It was during his days at Chandigarh's prestigious Punjab Engineering College that he launched his Nonsense Club in the early 1980s to poke fun at social evils and issues.

It was during his days at Chandigarh's prestigious Punjab Engineering College that he launched his Nonsense Club in the early 1980s to poke fun at social evils and issues.

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He produced and directed the popular Punjabi film 'Mahaul Theek Hai', a satire on the Punjab police, administration and society, in 1999.

He produced and directed the popular Punjabi film 'Mahaul Theek Hai', a satire on the Punjab police, administration and society, in 1999.

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Jaspal Bhatti had set up his MAD Arts and film school at Mohali, near Chandigarh, three years ago.

Jaspal Bhatti had set up his MAD Arts and film school at Mohali, near Chandigarh, three years ago.

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Jaspal Bhatti, who passed away after a road accident on October 25, 2012, was the original king of satire.

Jaspal Bhatti, who passed away after a road accident on October 25, 2012, was the original king of satire.

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Jaspal Bhatti was married to Savita Bhatti, who acted with him in TV shows and Punjabi films.

Jaspal Bhatti was married to Savita Bhatti, who acted with him in TV shows and Punjabi films.

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Jaspal Bhatti was known for his hit TV series 'Flop Show' all his life.

Jaspal Bhatti was known for his hit TV series 'Flop Show' all his life.

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Jaspal Bhatti with Shammi Kapoor in a still from the movie 'Jaanam Samjha Karo'.

Jaspal Bhatti with Shammi Kapoor in a still from the movie 'Jaanam Samjha Karo'.

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He was also seen with Aishwarya Rai and Akshaye Khanna in 'Aa Ab Laut Chalen'.

He was also seen with Aishwarya Rai and Akshaye Khanna in 'Aa Ab Laut Chalen'.

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Today Bhatti was to end his over 40-day promotional tour of his latest film 'Power Cut' in Punjab's cultural capital Jalandhar. The film, which sees the launch of his son Jasraj, will be released on Friday.

Today Bhatti was to end his over 40-day promotional tour of his latest film 'Power Cut' in Punjab's cultural capital Jalandhar. The film, which sees the launch of his son Jasraj, will be released on Friday.

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Jaspal Bhatti rides a horse in a comic protest against an increase in petroleum prices in Chandigarh on September 30, 2000. Bhatti advocated the use of horses for office commuters as a safe bet against a rise in the price of petrol.

Jaspal Bhatti rides a horse in a comic protest against an increase in petroleum prices in Chandigarh on September 30, 2000. Bhatti advocated the use of horses for office commuters as a safe bet against a rise in the price of petrol.

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Starting as a cartoonist with English daily The Tribune in the late 1980s, Bhatti later came up with the popular 'Ulta-Pulta' on national channel Doordarshan.

Starting as a cartoonist with English daily The Tribune in the late 1980s, Bhatti later came up with the popular 'Ulta-Pulta' on national channel Doordarshan.

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Jaspal Bhatti (R), adjusts a necklace of vegetables on his wife in Chandigarh on June 26, 2006. Bhatti made the jewellery out of vegetables to highlight the skyrocketing prices of vegetables.

Jaspal Bhatti (R), adjusts a necklace of vegetables on his wife in Chandigarh on June 26, 2006. Bhatti made the jewellery out of vegetables to highlight the skyrocketing prices of vegetables.