When he moved city to tears
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Known for bringing smiles to the faces of many, noted comedian and actor Jaspal Bhatti left hundreds in tears. An unprecedented number of people, including fans, turned up to pay their final respects to Bhatti who died in a road accident in the early hours on Thursday.
As the news of Bhatti's demise spread, Punjabi singers, actors, politicians and people from different walks of life started pouring in at his residence in Sector 19. His body was brought from Jalandhar around 3.30 pm, and about 400-500 people gathered outside his house to catch his last glimpse.
Jasraj, Bhatti's son, was inconsolable. Doctors advised the family members not to inform Jasraj, who had suffered multiple injuries, about his father's demise. It was only on his way home that Jasraj learnt about his father's death after he accessed his Facebook account. Shattered, Jasraj immediately called up home to enquire after his mother and sister.
To ensure that Jasraj learns about Bhatti's death only after he (Jasraj) reaches home, the driver of the ambulance carrying Bhatti's body followed the ambulance in which Jasraj was.
Back home, Savita Bhatti, wife of Jaspal Bhatti, was in tears and was consoled by her relatives and friends.
Bhatti was slated to hold the premier show of his son's movie Power Cut on Thursday around 6.10 pm in Piccadilly Mall, Sector 34. His close friend Vinod Sharma said, "We thought we will see the movie together. He had reached home from Delhi at 3 pm yesterday and called me to say he was going to Ludhiana for promotion of the movie. He told me that we shall start the next movie immediately as we launch Power Cut. I received 1,000 calls till his body was brought home. I do not know whether we will laugh or cry when we watch the movie on Friday."
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