Ask him what made his cartoon characters a part of folklore and the illustrator says, “All of them were humble and ordinary. There were inspired from the middle-class Indian life. That made them relatable to my readers. Chacha (Chaudhary), for example, could be your average Indian man on the road. Billoo was your teenage boy-next-door. The fact that there was nothing special about these characters made them memorable when their tale was told.”
As a stupendous begetter of more than 1,65,000 cartoons and 225 books, the caricaturist concludes fondly talking about his heroes, “RK Laxman and Sudhir Dar are exceptional men, whose work I looked up to. Their thoughts and ideas are amazing. Although most of the inspiration in the context of their work was political, it inspired me to take a cue to create the characters I did,” he adds.