Jalandhar: Famous satirist-actor Jaspal Bhatti died in a road accident near Punjab's Shahkotr town early on Thursday.
Bhatti's car veered off the road and hit a tree while he was on his way to Jalandhar from Moga for the promotion of his latest film "Power Cut".
Bhatti was rushed to the hospital in Jalandhar following the accident where doctors declared him dead.
The 57-year-old's son Jasraj and two more in the Honda Accord car were also seriously injured in the accident, which took place at around 3 am.
It is being said that his son, who was driving the car, fell asleep, following which their car collided with a tree. Bhatti was sitting on the back seat of the car.
The satirist-actor's son along with the film's heroine Surli Gautam and one more person injured in the accident have been admitted in Jalandhar's SMC hospital.
Bhatti's latest film "Power Cut", which he had produced and directed, was to be released Friday. The film was to launch his son, Jasraj.
Sources close to Bhatti said that he was on a 40-day tour for the promotion of his latest film. The tour was to end Thursday with a media conference in Jalandhar.
Bhatti, born on 3 March 1955 was famous for his satirical take on the problems of the common man. His well known television series include Flop Show and Ulta Pulta which ran on Doordarshan in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
He also worked as a cartoonist for the The Tribune newspaper in Chandigarh.
Bhatti was married to Savita Bhatti, who also worked with him in his famous TV series. He is now left with son Jasraj Bhatti and a daughter named Raabiya Bhatti.
Condolences and reactions below:
Gujarat CM NarendraModi tweeted: "Jaspal Bhatti's demise is unfortunate. He filled our lives with much needed humour. My condolences to his family. May his soul rest in peace."
Dibang, senior journalist tweeted: "After years, recently he called me after watching me on ABP News. Call again Jaspalji, tell me what I hear is a joke. Jaspal Bhatti RIP"
Raju Srivastav to ABP News: “His programmes were linked to the issues of society. They were all family entertainers unlike the ones which are aired now. He was a role model for all comedians. I used to watch and emulate him. He always used to guide me. I cannot believe he is no more with us.”
Akshay Kumar: "Saddened to know about the death of the great comedian, Jaspal Bhatti. I have fond memories of his super hit show, Flop Show, providing the much needed humour in our lives. May his soul rest in peace."
Anupam Kher: "I used to tell Jaspal Bhatti that he does fantastic comedy so seriously. He was also a great supporter of anti corruption campaign. RIP."
Actor-Comedian Suresh Menon: "Romance passed away earlier this week now laughter dies too ......surely the world is coming to an end. RIP jaspal Bhatti."
Arvind Kejriwal: “Jaspal Bhatti was an imp part of anti-corruption struggle. We will all miss him. Also a great loss to the movement. His commitment to anti-corruption movement was amazing. We were together in one tour. He stayed and lived wid us in quite hostile conditions.”
Actor Riteish Deshmukh: "RIP Jaspal Bhatti- Super Hit man from d FLOP SHOW- worked with him in my debut film Tujhe Meri Kasam-humble kind, happy, funny and helpful."
Vishal Dadlani, musician: "Goodbye, Jaspal Bhatti. So few can be satirical, topical, intelligent and yet roaringly popular. RIP."
VJ-turned-actor Ayushmann Khurrana reacted: "#RIP Jaspal Bhatti uncle. My dad's closest pal. May God give strength to Jasraj and Rabia and Savita aunty."
Madhur Bhandarkar: "To make people laugh is an art & Jaspal Bhatti mastered it. RIP Bhatti ji, may god give strength to your family."
Jiten Gajaria, a Twitter user: "Laughter dies.. RIP Jaspal Bhatti. The only satirist on the nation. Thanks for all the laughs."
Sanket tweets: "You've got to miss the subtle yet sharp satire and measured delivery of Jaspal Bhatti in an age of loud comedy and vitriolic outbursts. RIP."
Achyut Menon @achyutmenon, a Twitter user: "I really hope it is indeed one of those pranks that Jaspal Bhatti has been playing on us."
(With IANS inputs)