Chacha Chaudhary is one of the most famous Indian comic characters. He was created by Pran Kumar Sharma in 1969 though he first appeared in the Hindi comic magazine “LotPot” in 1971. His first comic was “Chacha Chaudhary and the Pocket Thief”. Chacha means uncle in Hindi. From then on he has come a long way selling almost ten million copies and being published in ten different Indian languages.
Chacha Chaudhary is portrayed as a middle class, old Indian. Physically he is not strong but his strength lies in his brain. He is always shown as holding a stick and wearing a red turban.
His family includes his wife, Bini, more famously known simply as Chachi (Hindi for aunt). His companions include Rocket, who is a street dog and Sabu who is a giant from the planet Jupiter. Sabu decided to stay permanently on Earth after tasting delicious food made by Chachi’s hands. When need arises Sabu helps Chacha Ji with his physical strength.
Chacha Chaudhary is remarkably different from other superheroes whether Indian or foreign that he does not have a single superpower to his credit except of course his mind about which it is said that “Chacha Ji’s brain is sharper than a needle and works faster than a supercomputer”. Chacha Ji has solved more than eighty cases till now, most of them involving supernatural or scientific threats. He has a red convertible as his car.
Raka who was a dacoit earlier but became immortal after drinking a magic potion and Gobar Singh are the main enemies of Chacha Chaudhary. Currently Diamond Comics are the publishers of Chacha Chaudhary. Even though he has immense fan following, Chacha Chaudhary series has drawn ire of some for its poor illustrations and incorrect English translations.
A television series based on Chacha Chaudhary was made casting Raghuvir Yadav in the lead role as Chacha Chaudhary. Praveen Kumar played the role of Sabu and Madhuri Sanjeev as Chachi. The series was produced by Maya Entertainment and was aired on Sahara Television in May 2002.