About Jaspal Bhatti
Jaspal Bhatti is household Indian television personality famous for his satirical take on the woes and problems of the common man. He is most well known for his television series Flop Show and mini capsules ulta pulta which featured on the national network in India in the late eighties and early nineties.
Jaspal Bhatti graduated from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh in Punjab, as an electrical engineer. He was 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 out into television, he was a cartoonist for the Tribune newspaper in Chandigarh. He is a pioneer of home-made comedy on Indian Hindi TV channel Doordarshan.
His low budget Flop Show show in the early 1990s is remembered even today. One of his co-actors Vivek Shauq has been the most successful since Flop Show days, having found a footing in Hindi cinema.His big break in TV came when he acted and directed the popular TV series "Ulta Pulta", "Nonsense Private Limited" and "Flop Show" for the Doordarshan television network. What attracted audience to his shows was his gift of inducing humour to highlight every day issues of the middle class in India. Bhatti's satire on the Punjab Police Mahaul Theek Hai (1999) was his first directorial venture for a full length feature film in his native Punjabi language. The movie was well received amongst audience for its simple and honest humour. He played the role of Jolly Good Singh, a guard, in the movie Fanaa.
What India's leading media critic Amrita Malik has to say about Bhatti's work is Bhatti has correct style for TV, an understated, quiet humour which sinks in without shouting, and which mercilessly exposes both corruption in our every day life and the typical people, who thrive on it. The grim fact and the hard truths of our society so bitter otherwise are made so funny through the adept handling of Bhatti, that cleansing laughter is created out of common malpractices.
The cartoonist, humorist, actor and the filmmaker is now a-days focusing on acting as he is getting numerous offers from Bollywood producers as a comedian. Jaspal Bhatti has now set up and is busy with a training schooland studio in Mohali near Chandigarh rightly called "joke factory" which is popular and quite sought after.
Lately, Bhatti also appeared in SAB TV's "Comedy ka King Kaun" as a Judge,with actress Divya Dutta. In his latest stint, Jaspal Bhatti alongwith wife Savita is competing in popular Star Plus show - Nach Baliye on air since October 2008. The couple is putting their best foot forward to entertain the audiences with their dancing as well as comic skills.