Jaspal Bhatti – television personality
(3 March 1955 – 25 October 2012)
Jaspal Bhatti 57, a much loved household name in the television industry has died on 25th October 2012 days before the release of his new punjabi moive ‘Power Cut’ (2012 film).
On Thursday 25 October 2012, he died in a car accident. The actor’s son Jasraj Bhatti was driving a Honda Accord which hit a tree near Shahkot in Nakodar area of the Jalandhar district. The incident took place at around 1.30 am. Jasraj lost control over the vehicle while taking a blind turn and rammed into a roadside tree. The actor, along with his son and actress Surilie Gautam were in the vehicle travelling from Bhatinda to Jalandhar for the promotion of ‘Power Cut’ (2012 film). Bhatti was sitting in the rear seat of the car and received serious injuries to the head. Bhatti was taken to a private hospital in Jalandhar where he was declared dead on arrival by doctors.
‘Pal Bhatti’ as he was known in the industry was born in Amritsar in March 1955. He attended an engineering college in Chandigarh and graduated as an electrical engineer. He was much loved for his humour and witty jokes which would light up any role that he took on. After college he took part in plays, worked in clubs and a Chandigarh newspaper called ‘The Tribune’ before commencing his career in the television business.
Jaspal was married to Savita Bhatti who not only worked alongside her husband in one of his very first films but also produced the ‘Flop Show’. This is still dearly remembered and holds a powerful legacy. He was regular seen in TV series and movies including ‘Ulta Pulta’, ‘Mahaul Theek Hai’, ‘Jijaji’, and even competed in hit Star Plus show ‘Nach Baliye’ as a comedy act.
The enthusiastic individual was well known for his political position and action during elections.
He was respected and held in the highest esteem by people all over the world for his accurate portrayal of middle class in India. Jaspal Bhatti was granted the Lifetime Achievement Award at the first ‘Golden Kela Awards’.
Leading media critic ‘Amita Malik’ spoke about Jaspal Bhatti saying he has ‘the correct style for TV, an understated, quiet humour which sinks in without shouting, and which mercilessly exposes both corruption in our everyday life and the typical people, who thrive on it’.
He will be very dearly missed by old and young all over the world.
By Gurpreet Kaur