Remembering the King of Comedy

Comedy is simply a funny way of being simple. 
It means acting out optimism. 

It is easy to hurt someone, but very difficult to bring a smile on someone's face. Making people laugh is not everyone’s cup of tea. But those who have this quality are very well remembered for their efforts and comedy. The ‘king of comedy’ Jaspal Bhatti was one such entertaining person in India, whose comedy shows were loved by everyone.
Remembering this comedian on his death anniversary, Newscrust brings to you different shades of Jaspal's life. 

Early life:
Jaspal Singh Bhatti was born on 3 March 1955 in Amritsar, Punjab. He graduated in electrical engineering from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh. He was known for his street plays which were usually spoof made around the political and social issues like ‘My Nonsense club’. Before he started his career in television he was a cartoonist in Tribune, a newspaper in Chandigarh.
He was married to Savita Bhatti in 1985, they both have two children, a son Jasraj and daughter Raabiya.

He became a very familiar face in every Indian household when he started working in television, especially when he directed and acted in the successful television series, ‘Ulta Pulta’ and ‘Flopshow’ on Doordarshan. The humour, satire, sarcasm and the middle class family issues were the attraction of the show which caught the sight of the audience. He also directed a full length feature film ‘Mahaul Teek Hai’ in 1999 which was a satire on Punjab Police and was in Punjabi language. While the movie received appreciation for its simplicity and truth behind the humour, it also became a part of controversy where people wanted it to be banned for dispraising the Punjab Police and showcasing that it is corrupt and drunk.
Then he worked in numerous Bollywood and Punjabi films in comic roles. He was a judge on SAB TV’s show ‘Comedy Ka King Kaun’ and he also participated in ‘Nach Baliye’ with his wife and entertained everyone.
In Mohali, Bhatti established a training school and studio known as ‘Joke Factory’. He made a 52 episode series shot at his own MAD’s Art Film School called ‘Thank You Jijaji’ for SAB TV. In 2009, an animated short film from MAD Arts won second prize in the Advantage India which was organised by 1take media and also won a certificate of merit at the IDPA-2008 awards Mumbai.
Bhatti was also awarded with Life Time Achievement Award.

At the age of 57, Jaspal Bhatti died on 25th October 2012 in a car accident near Shahkot in Jalandhar. The car was driven by his son Jasraj Bhatti. He died just a day before the release of his film ‘Power Cut’ in which his son Jasraj was starring.   

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