Comedian Jaspal Bhatti Dies In A Road Accident

Born on March 3, 1955 at Amritsar in a Rajput Sikh family, Bhatti graduated from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, as an electrical engineer.

He became popular with his street plays in the city. His plays were spoofs ridiculing corruption in society.

Before venturing into television, he was a cartoonist for The Tribune newspaper in Chandigarh.

After a successful stint on television with his show, Bhatti's subsequently acted in Hindi and Punjabi films and got his due recognition in the film industry with Salman Khan starrer Janam Samjha Karo in 1999, where he played Salman's personal secretary.

Bhatti played the role of Jolly Good Singh, a guard, in Aamir Khan-Kajol starrer Fanaa.

He also starred in the Punjabi comedy, Jijaji.

His first directorial venture was a feature film in his native Punjabi language Mahaul Theek Hai, a humorous take on Punjab police.

Bhatti appeared on many reality shows after that. He was seen in Comedy ka King Kaun as a co-judge with actress Divya Dutta and also presented his dancing abilities in Nach Baliye with wife Savita.

Bhatti set up a training school and a studio in Mohali near Chandigarh called Joke Factory and also an animation school Mad Arts, where he launched a new 52-episode comedy series titled Thank You Jijaji.

The school also produced an animation film on female foeticide, which won the second prize in the Advantage

India organised by 1take media. It won a certificate of merit at the IDPA-2008 Awards in Mumbai.

The comedian's latest film Power Cut, is based on the frequent power cuts in Punjab.

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