Jaspal Bhatti: He made us laugh, left us grieving
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Famous comedian, actor and satirist Jaspal Bhatti died when the car he was travelling in hit a tree on the outskirts of Shahkot in Jalandhar district in the wee hours on Thursday.
Bhatti's son Jasraj, who was driving the Honda Accord, actress Surilie Gautam — the heroine of his upcoming film Power Cut — and film promoter Navneet Joshi were injured in the mishap. The accident took place around 3 am while 57-year-old Bhatti was on his way to Jalandhar from Bathinda where he was set to launch the music of the movie, which is based on the frequent powercuts in Punjab.
Bhatti was sitting on the rear seat of the car and received fatal head injuries. According to sources in the police, Jasraj was either sleeping or could not notice the turn as car hit the tree. "Jasraj told the police that he was very tired, as he was working for the promotion of his film and while driving, he fell asleep," a police source said.
While Jasraj, Gautam were sitting on the front seats and sustained minor injuries, Bhatti and Navneet were sitting on the rear seat. The injured were being rushed to Orthonova Hospital in Jalandhar when Bhatti died on the way. The injured were later shifted to DMC Hospital in Ludhiana.
Bhatti's body was shifted to Civil Hospital in Jalandhar for postmortem examination, following which, it was handed over to his relatives, who took it to Chandigarh for cremation. In the evening, his remains were consigned to flames by Jasraj.
Prominent among those who attended the cremation included Haryana Chief Minister B S Hooda, Punjab minister A P Singh Kairon, Punjab chief minister's media advisor Harcharan Singh Bains and artistes from Punjabi film fraternity like Gurdas Mann, Jasbir Jassi, Mehar Mittal and Gurpreet Ghuggi.
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