The 75-year-old and one of India’s most successful Indian cartoonists Pran Kumar Sharma passed away on Wednesday. Pran was the creator of the iconic characters, ‘Chacha Chaudhary‘, ‘Billu‘, ‘Sabu‘ and ‘Pinki‘.
Reportedly Pran passed away after suffering from cancer for a long while.
Madhur Bhandarkar @imbhandarkar 5m
The man who gave us the legendary Chacha Choudhary is no more. This is clearly the end of an era. A true superstar; RIP Pran Sharma.
Randeep Hooda @RandeepHooda 14m
“Chacha Chaudhary ka dimag computer se bhi tez chalta hai”… Thank you Pran saab for a great Bachpan.. RIP
Niranjan Iyengar @ashesinwind 1h
R.I.P Pran, the creator of Chacha Chaudhary. His stories were a treasure trove of native intelligence.
sushant singh @sushant_says 1h
A big big part!! RIP”@Suparn: Cartoonist Pran, the creator of the iconic Chacha Chowdhary passed away. A part of my childhood just died RIP”
Pran is considered as the Father of Indian Comics, because he was the one who in 1960, created first indigenous cartoons strips having Indian characters and based on local themes. Before that all comics were imported from foreign countries.
Humor is the base of all stories. “If I could put a smile on the face of poor, I would consider my Life successful” – he says. Apart from that his comics always has a social message to convey. (www.chachachaudhary.com)
More than 2 millions readers all over the country regularly enjoy the exploits of his famous characters CHACHA CHAUDHARY, SABU, SHRIMATI JI, PINKI, BILLOO, RAMAN, and CHANNIE CHICHI etc. which are published in 10 different languages all over India.
Entertaining generations after generation Pran’s comics have been constant companion of every youngsters growing up. His all characters are drawn from middle class society. He has so far published more than 500 titles and a number of newspapers regularly carry his features.
His Comics Chacha Chaudhary has been adapted for a TV serial which was telecast up to 600 episodes on India’s premiere channel SAHARA ONE. That is countries first serial based on Indian Comics. Travelled widely over the Globe including countries like America, England, France, Germany, Australia, Spain, China, South Korea etc. He delivered speeches to the gatherings of cartoonists on the subject wherever he went.
Lifetime achievement award’ 2001 presented by then Karnataka Chief minister S.M Krishna on behalf of Indian Institute of Cartoonists.
Man of the Year 1995 Award by Limca Book of records for popularizing comics in the country.
In 1983, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi released his comic book, RAMAN – United we stand which depicted communal harmony.
Two episodes of Chacha Chaudhary acquired by International Museum of Cartoon Art, USA.
Listed in World Encyclopedia of Comics. (Chelsea House Publishers; 1999 Edition USA)
Senior Member of Australian Cartoonist Society.