Chandigarh:  The mortal remains of famous comedian, actor and satirist Jaspal Bhatti were consigned to flames at a cremation ground in Chandigarh on Thursday evening. Bhatti died in a road accident near Punjab's Nakodar town, 170 km from here, on Thursday morning.

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Bhatti's pyre was lit by his son Jasraj, who was himself injured in the accident but was discharged from hospital in the afternoon.

Hundreds of mourners from diverse fields attended the cremation. These included politicians, leading celebrities of the Punjabi film and theatre industry and scores of friends of Bhatti. Earlier, a large number of mourners reached his Sector 19 residence.

"The king of comedy has left everyone in tears. He did not deserve this," one of his close associates said at the cremation ground.

Bhatti's Honda Accord car had rammed into a tree along the highway while he was on his way to Jalandhar for the promotion of his latest film "Power Cut". Police said that the accident happened around 3 a.m. while Bhatti was on his way to Jalandhar from Bathinda.

Bhatti, 57, was taken to a hospital in Jalandhar after the accident where doctors declared him dead. He sustained head injuries in the accident.

Jasraj and the film's heroine Surilie Gautam and publicist Navneet Joshi were also injured. They were give treatment in a hospital in Jalandhar, 150 km from state capital Chandigarh.

Bhatti's latest film "Power Cut", which he had produced and directed, was to be released Friday. The film was to launch his son Jasraj.

Sources close to Bhatti said that he was on a 40-day tour for the promotion of his film. The tour was to end on Thursday with a media conference in Jalandhar.

Bhatti had unique perspective on probity in public life: PM

    
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condoled the "untimely" death of satirist Jaspal Bhatti saying his work using cinema and television to hold up a mirror to the society will be long remembered.
    
"Not only did he contribute in his own way to reform society, he did it with a light and humorous touch, which endeared him to generations of viewers and audiences," the Prime Minister said.
        
"In his unfortunate passing away the country has lost a person who pioneered a unique perspective on probity in public life," he said.

Friends, family bid farewell

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People from all sections of the society reached house number 3040 located in Sector 19 D where Bhatti resided alongwith his family. His wife Savita showed enough courage before people at an hour of deep crisis for the family.
    
"He (Bhatti) used to send social messages through his satire with lot of perfection," she was heard telling the mourners visiting the house.
    
"He was a courageous man," she said, adding that he never feared the threatening calls he used to receive at times from certain quarters for making fun of them.
    
She recalled that Bhatti never behaved like a celebrity and was always down to earth.
    
A large number of people with moist eyes bid farewell to the man who never missed an opportunity to make a satire on current issues.
    
Prominent among those who attended the cremation included Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Punjab Minister Adesh Partap Singh Kairon, Punjab Chief Minister's media advisor Harcharan Singh Bains and artistes from Punjabi film fraternity including Gurdas Mann, Jasbir Jassi, Mehar Mittal and Gurpreet Ghuggi.

Bhatti was a popular face on television and in Bollywood films with his comedy shows and appearances. His TV shows "Ulta-Pulta" and "Flop Show" had entertained TV audiences in the late 1980s and 1990s.

He also directed a film "Mahaul Theek Hai", a satire on the police, administration and society, in 1999.

Bhatti, perhaps the most famous Sikh comedian, acted in several Bollywood films.

Bhatti is survived by wife Savita Bhatti, herself an actor, son Jasraj and daughter Raabiya.

(Agencies)

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