New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday condoled the sad demise of the famous comedian Jaspal Bhatti, who died in a road accident near Jalandhar.
BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said that Bhatti's death is a matter of great shock for us.
"With his sad demise, we have lost a great life. On behalf of the whole party, we pay our homage to him. Satire was his forte and we lost one of the best person," he added.
The car in which the 57-year-old actor- director was travelling hit a roadside tree near Shahkot in Nakodar area of the district around 1 a.m.
His son and actress Surilie Gautam, who was to act in his upcoming film, were injured in the mishap. They have been admitted to a hospital in Ludhiana.
Regarded as one of the pioneers of Indian comedy, Bhatti's shows-'Flop Show' and 'Ulta Pulta'-were one of the earliest socio-political satire works on television.
Flop Show was aired in the early 1990s, and is even remembered today. His wife Savita Bhatti produced the show and acted in all the episodes as his wife. Only ten episodes were ever produced, but the show is well remembered. One of his co-actors Vivek Shauq has been very successful since his stint in Flop Show, having found a footing in Hindi cinema.
His other popular shows included Nonsense Private Limited, Mahaul Theek Hai (a satire on Punjab Police), Fanaa, Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe, Jijaji and Comedy Ka King Kaun. He and his wife also took part in the television dance show Nach Baliye
Bhatti was born on March 3, 1955 in Amritsar into a Rajput Sikh family. He graduated from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, as an electrical engineer.
During his days as a college student, he acquired fame for street plays like "Nonsense Club". Most of these plays were spoofs ridiculing corruption in society.
Before venturing into television, he was a cartoonist for the The Tribune newspaper in Chandigarh.
Bhatti is survived by his wife Savita Bhatti, a son, Jasraj Bhatti and daughter, Raabiya Bhatti.