Jaspal Bhatti
Jaspal Singh Bhatti

(1955-03-03)3 March 1955
Died25 October 2012(2012-10-25) (aged 57)
Alma materPunjab Engineering College
  • Actor
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Television
Years active1985–2012
Notable work
Savita Bhatti
(m. 1985)
RelativesSurilie Gautam (daughter-in-law)
HonoursPadma Bhushan (2013)[1]

Jaspal Singh Bhatti (3 March 1955 – 25 October 2012) was an Indian television personality known for his satirical take on the problems of the common man. He is most well known for his television series Flop Show, Full Tension and mini capsules Ulta Pulta which ran on Doordarshan, India's national television network, in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He was commonly known as "King of Comedy" and also "King of Satire". He carried out various anti corruption crusades in Chandigarh. His frontal attack on issues like redtapism, nepotism, and corruption was both comic and awakening for masses.

In 2013, he was (posthumously) honoured with the Padma Bhushan, India's third-highest civilian award.[1]

Early background and personal life

Bhatti was born on 3 March 1955 in Amritsar, East Punjab, Republic of India into a Punjabi Sikh Rajput family.[2] Bhatti graduated from Punjab Engineering College (PEC) in Chandigarh as an electrical engineer.[3] Bhatti married Savita Bhatti on 24 March 1985, and has a son, Jasraj Bhatti, and a daughter, Raabiya Bhatti.[4] His wife Savita Bhatti was chosen in 2014 Elections as a Candidate of Aam Aadmi Party from Chandigarh, but she opted out.[5]

Flop Show

His low-budget Flop Show TV series in the early 1990s is remembered even today. His wife Savita Bhatti produced the show and acted in all the episodes as his wife. Only 10 episodes were ever produced, but the show has had a long and powerful legacy and is well-remembered.[6][7] One of his co-actors Vivek Shauq became pretty successful after his stint in Flop Show, having found a solid footing in Hindi cinema.

Subsequent work

Bhatti subsequently acted and directed the popular TV series Ulta Pulta and Nonsense Private Limited for the Doordarshan television network. What attracted audience to his shows was his gift of inducing humour to highlight everyday issues of the middle class in India. Bhatti's satire on the Punjab police Mahaul Theek Hai (1999) was his first directorial venture for a full-length feature film in his native Punjabi language. He played the role of Jolly Good Singh, a guard, in the movie Fanaa. He played a comical college principal in Koi Mere Dil Se Poochhe. He also starred in the comedy Punjabi film Jijaji.

Bhatti acted in Hindi Movie Aa Ab Laut Chalen with Kadar Khan in 1999.

Bhatti appeared in SAB TV's Comedy ka King Kaun as a judge with actress Divya Dutta. In his latest stint, Bhatti and his wife Savita competed in a popular Star Plus show Nach Baliye which went on air in October 2008.[8] The couple demonstrated their dancing and comic skills.

In his later years, Jaspal Bhatti set up a training school[9] and a studio in Mohali near Chandigarh called "Joke Factory".

He also launched a new 52-episode comedy series titled Thank You Jijaji[10] on Sony's family entertainment channel, SAB TV. It was shot at his own MAD Arts film school at Chandigarh.

At a 2009 carnival at Chandigarh, Bhatti put up a stall displaying vegetables, daal and oils. The onlookers were invited to throw rings around them to win these costly goods as prizes, poking fun at the government's failure to control inflation.[11]

In 2009, Bhatti school's, Mad Art's, animation film on female foeticide won the second prize in the Advantage India organised by 1take media.[12] It won a certificate of merit at the IDPA-2008 Awards in Mumbai.[13]

Bhatti was granted the Lifetime Achievement Award, at the first Golden Kela Awards.[14]

Jaspal Bhatti was awarded Padma Bhushan by the Government of India, posthumously on Republic Day 2013 for his contribution to Arts.

Political satire

Bhatti was known for floating his political parties during elections to highlight the problems faced by the general public.

In 1995, he floated the 'Hawala Party' delighting passers-by with his original poker-faced take on growing political corruption in the country which was already a hotly discussed topic in the context of the Jain-Hawala Diaries.[15]

In 2002, Bhatti announced that he was starting the "Suitcase Party" & released his manifesto allotting 5 seats to his family & more seats to be decided based on the suitcase size of the prospective candidates.[16]

In 2009, the comedian announced that he was floating the "Recession Party" & Bhajna Amli, alias Gurdev Dhillon, as his party's face from the Ludhiana. In his trademark satirical style, he kept his party's symbol as opium, drugs and alcohol for which he claimed that there will be no shortage of supply if his party is voted to power.[17]

Critical response

India's leading media critic Amita Malik said of him:

"Bhatti has the correct style for TV, an understated, quiet humour which sinks in without shouting, and which mercilessly exposes both corruption in our every day life and the typical people, who thrive on it. The grim fact and the hard truths of our society so bitter otherwise are made so funny through the adept handling of Bhatti, that cleansing laughter is created out of common malpractices."[18]


Bhatti died in a car accident near Shahkot in Jalandhar district on 25 October 2012, aged 57. The car was being driven by his son, Jasraj Bhatti.[19][20] Jaspal died just one day before the release of his film Power Cut starring his son Jasraj.[21]

In his remembrance his wife Savita Bhatti organised 'Jaspal Bhatti Humor Festival' which takes place every year on his birth anniversary in Chandigarh.[22][23]

Awards and honours

Year Name Awarding organisation
2013 Padma Bhushan Government of India[1]


As actor

As director

TV serials

Title Role Notes
Ulta Pulta Various characters Also director
Flop Show Various characters Also director
Full Tension Various characters Also director
Hi Zindagi Bye Zindagi Bhatti
Karishma – The Miracles of Destiny [24]
Dhaba Junction Dhaba [25]
Thank you Jijaji Jijaji [26]


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