Long before I set my eyes upon the likes of Nagraj, Super Commando Dhruva, Doga, Parmanu and Anthony in Raj Comics, I was an ardent Diamond Comics fan. I used to buy the monthly (mis) adventures of my favorite characters like Chacha Chaudhary, Billu, Pinky, Sabu, Raman and many more on a regular basis.
I used to get some kind of weird pleasure upon seeing the bundle of all these colorful comic pamphlets spread on my table, knowing all well that I will get to read all of them whenever I can! That feeling can only be understood by a true comic book fan and it’s a feeling that never left me, even after all these years of being away from comics. Even today, when I stumble upon some issues I had read years ago, I jump around the house with joy of finally getting to read that awesome piece of story again!
Now, the comics Pran sir used to write were completely different from the likes of Nagraj and Super Commando Dhruva. Contrary to the complex plot points and logical storylines we used to get inside the pages of Raj Comics, These comics were meant specifically for children (though that didn’t stop the adults and elders from enjoying those comics) and the stories presented in those comics told stories which even a little toddler would understand with ease. Heck, these stories WERE MEANT to be understood by a little child!
Take for instance, in one of the stories, One friend of Chacha Chaudhary, Deepu somehow gets airborne while flying a kite. Chacha Chaudhary gets hold of him just as he is about to descend upwards. The kite gets stuck on a moving airplane (!) and what does Chacha Chaudhary do? Both of them climb the rope till they reach the plane, which by the way is flying at a speed of 500-600 km/hours!
They take a peek inside the window and see that it is being high jacked. They casually enter the moving plane from a backdoor, sneak behind the highjacker, and Chacha Chaudhary hits him with full force with his “Bhimsaini latth”.
Thus the tragedy is averted and Chacha Chaudhary, as always, stands the savior of the masses. Now the ridiculousness of these stories is just at a whole different level, but wasn’t this goofiness and these illogical storylines the reason why we fell in love with comic in the first place?