Chandigarh: Film actor and comedian Jaspal Bhatti died in a road accident near Jalandhar early on Thursday. The car in which the 57-year-old actor, director was travelling hit a roadside tree near Shahkot in Nakodar area of the district around 1am, Bhatti’s associate Vinod Sharma told PTI in Chandigarh.

Sharma said that Bhatti was going to Jalandhar from Bhatinda for the promotion of his Punjabi film Power Cut scheduled to be released on Friday. Bhatti’s son Jasraj, who was driving the car, and the film’s heroine Suril Gautam were injured and rushed to a hospital at Jalandhar.

Sharma said Bhatti had been travelling for a past few days for the promotion of his new film. The cremation is expected to take place later this evening after his body is brought to Chandigarh after completion of various legal formalities, including post-mortem, Sharma said. Bhatti leaves behind his wife Savita, a son and a daughter.