King Of Comedy – Jaspal Singh Bhatti (3 March 1955 – 25 October 2012) was an Indian television personality famous for his satirical take on the problems of the common man. He is most well known for his television series Flop Show and mini capsules Ulta Pulta and Nonsense Private Limited which ran on Doordarshan, India’s national television network, in the late 1980s and early 1990s and for Thank You Jijaji of SAB TV.
He was born in Amritsar to a Rajput Sikh family. He graduated from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh in Punjab, as an electrical engineer. He was very famous for his street plays like his Nonsense Club during his college days. Most of these plays were spoofs ridiculing corruption in society. Before venturing into television, he was a cartoonist for the The Tribune newspaper in Chandigarh.
A comedian par excellence! More of a Crusader than a Comedian, who through his simple, sterilized, genial and understated humour won millions of hearts throughout the nation. With so much of ease, freshness and simplicity, Bhatti’s real-life characters, caught in real-life situations, came close to every common man’s heart.
Jaspal Bhatti had the distinction of being the first one whose sitcom capsules ‘Ulta-Pulta’ became a rage among the viewers on Doordarshan. Shown as an interlude in the break during prime-time soaps, people waited for the break more than the serial! Every day it was a new situation, a new issue, but the thrust was the same, the simple and naïve common man, pitched against the crooked and corrupt system. His other sitcoms, particularly ‘Flop Show’ again dealing with diverse issues of the society, sent the message across with such polite finesse that brought smile on the faces of even those who were the target of Bhatti’s repartee.
Please view the following clips to see the comical genius of Mr. Jaspal Bhatti.