Jaswinder Bhalla

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Jaswinder Bhalla
Born
Jaswinder Bhalla

(1960-05-04) 4 May 1960 (age 62)
Other namesChacha Chatar Singh
Alma materPh.D. in Agriculture Science at Punjab Agricultural University
Occupation
  • Actor
  • stand-up comedian
Years active1988-present
ChildrenPukhraj Bhalla
Comedy career
Genres
  • Comedy
  • films
  • stage
Notable works and roles

Jaswinder Bhalla (born 4 May 1960) is an Indian actor and comedian who works in Punjabi cinema. He started his professional career as a comedian in 1988 with Chankata 88 and became actor with film Dulla Bhatti. He is best known for his comedy series Chankatta and comedy roles in various Punjabi films. He is famous for always using taglines in his movies, and bringing a comic touch to movies through them. He also performs in stage acts and has done tours of Canada and Australia for his stage show Naughty Baba in Town.[1]

Childhood[edit | edit source]

Jaswinder Bhalla was born on 4 May 1960 in the city of Ludhiana.[2] His father Master Bahadur Singh Bhalla was a primary school teacher in village Barmalipur . He got his basic education from Senior Secondary School Doraha.[citation needed]

Education and Career[edit | edit source]

He did his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from Punjab Agricultural University,[3] and his Ph.D. from Chaudhry Charan Singh University, Meerut. He began his career as an Assistant Professor in PAU, and was serving as a Professor and Head, Department of Extension Education when he retired from active service on 31 May 2020[4][5]

Comedy career[edit | edit source]

He started performing on Independence day and Republic day shows Jaswinder Bhalla and two of schoolmates got selected for All India Radio in 1975. As a student at Punjab Agricultural University, Jaswinder Bhalla had done comedy performances in university programmes. He started his professional career in 1988 along with co-performer Bal Mukund Sharma with audio cassette Chhankata 1988.[6] Bal Mukund Sharma and Jasiwnder Bhalla were classmates in Punjab Agriculture University.[7] Word Chankata originated from the college level annual show performed by Bhalla and Sharma in PAU. They were noticed by Doordarshan Kendra, Jalandhar while performing in Professor Mohan Singh Mela (cultural festival) on personal backing of Punjabi author Jagdev Singh Jassowal. He has released over 27 audio and video albums of Chankata series. Apart from Bal Mukund Sharma, Neelu Sharma has also been part of Chhankata series. Starting with Chhankata 2002, series is also realised as video cassette.[8]

Popular characters[edit | edit source]

In his Chhankata series, he portrays many characters carefully chosen from all walks of Punjabi society. One of the main characters is Chacha (Uncle) Chatur Singh, who is an old villager and talks about Punjab's politics, differences between rural and urban life, and tells jokes from all walks of life. Another character he portrays is Bhana, a youngster from Chatur Singh's village who has emigrated to USA and appears in the Chhankata as NRI. JB, another character portrayed by Jaswinder Bhalla, is the son of Chatur Singh. Another notable character is Taya Fumhan Singh.

Film career[edit | edit source]

Jaswinder has worked in Punjabi feature films like Mahaul Theek Hai, Jeeja Ji, Jihne Mera Dil Luteya, Power cut, Kabaddi Once Again, Apan Phir Milange, Mel Kara De Rabba, Carry On Jatta, Jatt and Juliet, Jatt Airways. In some Punjabi films he always speak with different Takia Klams. Such as Mein Taa Bhannduu Bullan Naal Akhrote, Je Chandigarh Dhaijoo Pinda Warga Taa Rehjooo or Dhillon Ne Kaalaa Cot Aiven Ni Payeya. He said through his art, he highlights social evils like female foeticide, drugs and unemployment.

Controversy[edit | edit source]

In his album Chankatta 2003, he was alleged by certain ragi jathas of making mockery of them and raised strong objections to his album. An apology was issued by the artists and producer of the album.[9] His latest album Mithe Pochey also faced ire of Nambardaars of various villages in Punjab for his satire on them.[10] He was allegedly assaulted by Punjab government official due to his satire on government.[11][12][13]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

He is married to Parmdeep Bhalla who is a Fine Arts teacher. He has a son named Pukhraj Bhalla, who is studying B.tech in Audio Visuals from Punjabi University, Patiala. Pukhraj has also appeared in some of the Chhankata cassettes since 2002 and has performed excellent roles in some Punjabi films as well. He has a daughter named Ashpreet Kaur who is married in Norway.[14] He is good friends with Balmukund Sharma, who appears as Bhateej in the Chhankata series.

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Year Film Role Notes
1998 Dulla Bhatti
1999 Mahaul Theek Hai Inspector Jaswinder Bhalla
2003 Badla The Revenge Amaru
2005 Nalaik Sajja Singh
2006 Jija Ji
2007 Billian Ch Bandar
2007 Babal Da Vehra Massar
2008 Layi Lagg
2008 Chak De Phatte JB
2010 Mel Karade Rabba Rajvir's Mama
2011 Jihne Mera Dil Luteya Prof. Bhalla
2012 Aappan Pher Milange Gora Gappi
2012 Jatt and Juliet Joginder Singh
2012 Kabaddi Once Again Coach Suchha Singh Sandhu
2012 Carry On Jatta Advocate Dhillon
2012 Raula Pai Gaya Prof. Bhalla
2012 Power Cut Baalla
2013 Stupid 7 Parry's Grandfather With his son Pukhraj Bhalla
2013 Daddy Cool Munde Fool Parminder Singh Puppy
2013 Lucky Di Unlucky Story Gurvinder Brar
2013 Rangeelay Retd.DSP Baldev Singh
2013 Jatts In Golmaal Balli Chacha
2013 Jatt & Juliet 2 Inspector Joginder Singh
2013 Jatt Boys - Putt Jattan De Prof. Parwana
2013 Jatt Airways
2013 Viyah 70 km Piyara Singh Lotte
2013 RSVP - Ronde Saare Vyah Picho[15]
2013 Jatt in Mood
2013 Just U & Me
2014 Marriage Da Garriage
2014 Yaaran Da Katchup[16] Sukhbir Singh Sohi
2014 Saada Jawai NRI
2014 Oh My Pyo Mama
2014 Mr. & Mrs. 420 Subedaar
2014 Jatt Risky
2015 Sardaar Ji Armeek Singh
2015 Munde Kamaal De Balwant Singh Sidhu
2015 Myself Pendu
2016 Vaisakhi List Jailer Jalaur Singh Johal
2016 Sardaar Ji 2 Pathaan Chacha
2017 Saab Bahadar Munshi
2017 Krazzy Tabbar Bhullar
2017 Vekh Baraatan Challiyan Jaggi's Father
2018 Golak Bugni Bank Te Batua Neeta’s Father
2018 Carry on Jatta 2 Advocate Dhillon
2018 Vadhayiyaan Ji Vadhayiyaan Bhullar
2018 Ashke Bhangra Coach Pritam Singh Pandori
2018 Mr & Mrs 420 Returns Bhullar
2018 Mar Gaye Oye Loko Dharmraj
2018 Marriage Palace Tara Chand Brar
2019 Band Vaaje Bajwa
2019 Jind Jaan Mama
2019 Naukar Vahuti Da
2019 Kitty Party Bajwa

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Naughty Baba In Town Tickets". ticketmaster.ca.
  2. Kapoor, Diksha (4 May 2020). "Happy Birthday Jaswinder Bhalla! Watch His 5 Best Comedy Films To Drive Away Your Monday Blues". PTC Punjabi. Retrieved 11 November 2020.
  3. "Dr J S Bhalla". PAU. PAU. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  4. "PAU bids 'e-farewell' to noted Punjabi actor satirist". The Times of India. 1 June 2020. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  5. "PAU gives warm send-off to actor-satirist Jaswinder Bhalla". Hindustan Times. 1 June 2020. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  6. "Big honour for 'Chankata' man". articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com.
  7. "GOOD MORNING SHOW JASWINDER BHALLA-1". Chardikla timetv. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  8. "The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Chandigarh Stories". www.tribuneindia.com.
  9. "The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Ludhiana Stories". www.tribuneindia.com.
  10. "Nambardaars irked by remarks in Bhalla's film". The Indian Express.
  11. "Ban humour: Punjab artistes". The Tribune. 2 March 2003. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  12. "Comedians hit at govt in new music album". The Tribune. 3 December 2006. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  13. "A shameful act". The Tribune. 11 March 2003. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  14. "Good morning show with Jaswinder Bhalla-p2". Chardikla timetv. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  15. "website". RSVP-the film.
  16. "Yaaran Da Katchup" – via www.imdb.com.

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