He was a great cartoonist, a great artist who worked around stories provided by scriptwriters. He brought those characters to life in a manner that no one else could. I don’t think anyone who has picked up a Chacha Chaudhary and Sabu comic can ever forget their antics.
When I first met Pran in 1981, he was making small features for newspapers. We compiled some of them and the publication was a huge hit. Thus began a relationship that would never end. We published all his work. He was extremely hardworking, even in recent years he designed one comic each month. Despite being diagnosed with cancer and being hospitalised a number of times this year, he submitted his last feature in July. It has Sabu and Chacha Chaudhary in a cricket stadium. It has already been published.
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One did not see much of Pran in his comics. He was a very quiet man, who liked to be indoors, a tad eccentric, but a really nice human being who let his work talk for him. He usually did not share his emotions, but I recall him being excited about some of the special series we published, for instance one that introduced immoral Raka, and also tales that had Chacha Chaudhary’s twin brother Chhajju.
There were times when Pran used to narrate an episode to us at night and the next morning he was already working on it. He liked being busy and worked till the end. We have some of his unpublished work and will share that soon in a manner befitting to the artist.
As told to Vandana Kalra.