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HindustanTimes Sun,23 Nov 2014

Cartoonist Pran Sharma, man who gave the world Chacha Choudhary, dies

Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 06, 2014
First Published: 09:32 IST(6/8/2014) | Last Updated: 12:40 IST(6/8/2014)

Veteran cartoonist Pran Sharma died of cancer on Wednesday morning in a Gurgaon hospital.

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The 74-year-old creator of Chacha Choudhary was born in Pakistan in undivided India and did his masters in political science from Panjab University. 

The World Encyclopedia of Comics anointed him the Walt Disney of India. Pran, who saw RK Laxman and Sudhir Dar as his heroes, created comic characters including Chacha Chaudhary, Shrimatiji, Pinki, Billoo, Raman, Channi Chachi, among others.  Pran was honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award by Indian Institute of Cartoonists in 2001.  In 2014, the World Encyclopedia of Comics anointed him the Walt Disney of India.

Talking about the reason why his cartoon characters were a part of folklore, The cartoonist had said in an interview to HT, "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. Biloo was your teenage boy next door. The fact that there was nothing special about these characters made them memorable when their tale was told."

(With inputs from ANI)


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