Jaspal Bhatti dead!

Killed in a road accident.

Bhatti’s car collided with a tree along the highway while he was on his way to Jalandhar for the promotion of his latest film “Power Cut”. Police said that the accident happened around 3 a.m. while Bhatti was on his way to Jalandhar from Bathinda.

Sad, and a huge loss to Indian satire. He was one of the pioneers of political satire in Indian television, and made simple yet powerful shows about the ills and corruptions prevalent in society.

Hindustan times also reported on the incident. Ironically, they chose to uphold perfect journalistic integrity by lifting, verbatim, a profile of Bhatti’s career from his wikipedia page. Without attribution. Including a “[1]” which indicated a wikipedia reference. And, ending their article with: “The cartoonist, humorist, actor and filmmaker is focusing on acting as he is getting numerous offers from Bollywood producers as a comedian.” Guess they trusted Wikipedia to update the article before they copied from there!

HT article screenshot

See what I mean when I say Bhatti’s death is a huge loss? That’s something Bhatti would come up with–as parody–in one of his shows.

Rest In Peace, sir.

 

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