By Anshul Tewari:
If you were born in the 80s and early 90s, you know your childhood was filled with the mighty tales of Â a middle class Indian, frail but an extremely intelligent old man who was fondly known asÂ Chacha Chaudhary. On 6th August, 2014, the creator of Chacha Chaudhary, Pran Kumar Sharma passed away at 75. He was suffering from Cancer and had been admitted to a hospital in Gurgaon.
Chacha Chaudhary was no ordinary comic book or cartoon. Born out of the creativity that Pran possessed, Chacha was the one hero whoÂ was the talk of the town.Â With his powerful partner,Â SabuÂ from Jupiter, Chacha Chaudhary would solve the toughest of crimes defeating his enemyÂ DhamakaÂ and imparting some sense to people around him.
Beyond Chacha, Pran also gave many kids popular characters such as Biloo, Pinki, Shrimati Ji, Sabu and Channi Chachi.Â Pran began his career in 1960 as a cartoonist for the Delhi-based newspaper Milap with comic strip Daabu. Apart from Daabu, Indian comics scenario was largely based on reprints of The Phantom and Superman. In 1969, Pran sketched Chacha Chaudhary for the Hindi magazine Lotpot, which made him famous. He was included in People of the year 1995 by Limca Book of Records for popularizing comics in India. In 1983, the then Prime Minister of India, Mrs. Indira Gandhi released Pran’s comics “Raman – Ham Ek Hain” which promoted national integration. Pran received a Lifetime Achievement Award 2001, from Indian Institute of Cartoonists. Pran has also given lessons in cartooning at the Pran’s Media Institute, run by his son Nikhil.Â (source)
He alsoÂ received the title of “Walt Disney of India” in The World Encyclopedia of Comics. The Chacha Chaudhary strips find permanent place in International Museum of Cartoon Art, USA.
To honor this legend, below are 7 of his famous strips of Chacha Chaudhary which you cannot afford to miss.