No Laughing Matter
October 25, 2012 @ 00:00 am
Have you ever wondered who pioneered comedy soaps in India? The answer has to be Jaspal Bhatti. With Ulta Pulta, Flop Show and Hye Zindagi Bye Zindagi, Bhatti gave the common man something to engage with and above all a reason to laugh.
Although, these past successes made him shift to filmmaking, the affect was the same, whether he played Hava Singh, Dava Singh or Jolly Good Singh the audience were always in splits.
Unfortunately, on a trip to promote his latest film “Power Cut”, a comical take on the issue of power cuts in Punjab, his car met with an accident resulting in his death. The car was being driven by the comedian’s son Jasraj who along with actress Surilie Gautam is recovering from serious injuries at a hospital in Jalandhar. While it is sad that Jaspal passed away, it is even more ironical that it happened just a day before the release of his film “Power Cut”.
Just last week, we lost the master of love yarns, Mr. Yash Chopra, and earlier today a great comedian. The people of Chandigarh could not get enough of him, for them he served as a cartoonist for the Chandigarh’s news daily, The Tribune, giving them a daily dose of his humour. There is no doubt that he was a great talent, here is how critic Amita Malik sums up his contribution to television: “Bhatti has the correct style for TV, an understated, quiet humour which sinks in without shouting, and which mercilessly exposes both corruption in our everyday life and the typical people, who thrive on it.”
Laugh and the world laughs with you, weep and you weep alone; well, for the fans of Jaspal Bhatti, it would be hard to live up to this motto now that he is no more. Nevertheless, we are sure that the last thing he wanted was to leave us feeling heavy hearted; besides, all his jibes were aimed at those responsible for distressing the common man. Hence, to feel distressed at this loss would be a betrayal of sorts.
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