Chandigarh: Popular comedian and film director Jaspal Bhatti, who touched a chord with the masses with his humorous take on problems plaguing the common man, died when his car rammed into a roadside tree in the wee hours on Thursday.
The satirist's son Jasraj who was driving the car and actress Surilie Gautam, the heroine of his film 'Power Cut' which is to be released On Friday, were seriously injured in the mishap, police said.
The 57-year-old actor-director, who made his way into the hearts of people with his satirical shows like 'Ulta Pulta' and 'Flop Show', was on a tour to promote the film when the accident took place near Shahkot in Nakodar area of the district at 2:30 AM, Bhatti's associate Vinod Sharma told.They were rushed to a private hospital in Jalandhar where Bhatti was declared brought dead.
"His body was brought to the hospital after 3 AM and after medical examination he was declared dead," said Dr Harpreet Singh.
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|Anupam Kher: Just landed in Mumbai and came to know about my friend Jaspal Bhatti's tragic death. Why is god taking away all the nicest people? So sad. I used to tell Jaspal Bhatti that he does fantastic comedy so seriously. He was also a great supporter of anti-corruption campaign. RIP.
Akshay Kumar: Saddened to know about the death of the great comedian, Jaspal Bhatti. I have fond memories of his super hit show, "Flop Show", providing the much needed humour in our lives. May his soul rest in peace.
Madhur Bhandarkar: To make people laugh is an art and Jaspal Bhatti mastered it. RIP Bhatti ji, may god give strength to your family.
Manoj Bajpayee: My deepest condolences to late jaspal bhatti's family! May god give them strength to bear this sudden loss! May Bhatti saab rest in peace!
Ayushmann Khurrana: RIP Jaspal Bhatti uncle. My dad's closest pal. May god give strength to Jasraj and Rabia and Savita aunty.
Riteish Deshmukh: RIP Jaspal Bhatti. Super Hit man from the FLOP SHOW - worked with him in my debut film 'Tujhe Meri Kasam', humble kind, happy, funny and helpful. One of the first people to entertain audience with his political satires. Condolences to the family, a big and untimely loss.
Arshad Warsi: In a very tragic accident we have lost yet another good soul... RIP Mr. Jaspal Bhatti.Siddharth: Jaspal Bhatti is no more just like his 'Flop Show' partner Vivek Shauq, Bhatti saab left us too soon we'll miss you sirRIP.
Punit Malhotra: Remember watching 'The Flop Show', innumerable times as a kid... Truly one of India's leading comedy men!!! RIP Jaspal Bhatti.
Vishal Dadlani: Goodbye, Jaspal Bhatti. So few can be satirical, topical, intelligent and yet roaringly popular. RIP.
Sonu Sood: RIP Jaspal Bhatti Sir..you will always be missed.
Neha Dhupia: Thank you for all the laughs sir ... RIP Jaspal Bhatti Ji .
Jaaved Jaaferi: RIP Jaspal Bhatti..The poker faced humour...the Satire...you will definitely be missed Jaspalji.
Bhatti leaves behind his wife Savita, a son and a daughter Raabiya.
Sharma said that Bhatti was going to Jalandhar from Bhatinda for the promotion of his Punjabi film which is based on the frequent power cuts in Punjab.
Bhatti's son Jasraj and Gautam have been referred to a Ludhiana hospital now.
According to doctors, they are in a stable but critical condition.
Born on March 3, 1955 at Amritsar, Bhatti graduated from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh as an electrical engineer.