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Actor, comedian Jaspal Bhatti dies in road accident
New Delhi, October 25, 2012
Well-known actor, comedian and satirist Jaspal Bhatti, best known for his television serials Flop Show and Ulta Pulta, died when his car hit a truck in the early hours of today at Shahkot in the Faridkot district of Punjab, reports reaching here said.
The mishap occurred around midnight last night when Mr Bhatti was on his way to Jalandhar as part of a promotional tour for his latest film, Power Cut, which is due to be released tomorrow.
Mr Bhatti's son Jasraj Bhatti and two others, including actress Surilie Gautam, were injured in the incident and were admitted to a nearby hospital.
Apart from his television shows, which made him a household name across the country, Mr Bhatti, 57, had appeared in several Hindi movies. His wife Savita Bhatti produced his television shows and acted in most of the episodes.
Born on March 3, 1955 at Amritsar, Mr Bhatti had his schooling in Ambala, Nangal and Sujanpur, Pathankot. He took a degree in electrical engineering from the Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh.
While in college, he became known for his street plays, which were essentially spoofs on corruption. He worked briefly as a cartoonist for The Tribune, Chandigarh.
Mr Bhatti's satire on the Punjab police, Mahaul Theek Hai (1999) was his first directorial venture for a full-length feature film in his language, Punjabi.
Among other ventures, Mr Bhatti had set up a training school and studio at Mohali near Chandigarh.