Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi described him as "versatile cartoonist who brought smiles on the faces of people through his rich work". Pran's work spanned over five decades and his association with Diamond Publishers began in 1981, when its publisher Gulshan Rai offered him to start doing comic books with them. Before this he was working with "Lotpot" magazine.
"For the past 33 years we were working together," Rai told IANS. But there was another side of Pran's life his fans were not aware of. "He was, like any other artist, a bit eccentric. But as a person he was extremely nice and a thorough gentleman," said Rai.
For artists and illustrators, Pran contributed immensely in shaping India's indigenous landscape.
"Anyone doing anything with comics owes a debt to the man for creating an indigenous comic platform in the country. His contribution to creating iconic characters is irreplaceable," Jatin Varma, founder Comic Con India, said.
"If one looks at the history of cartoons in India, his name will always be remembered. His characters were so simple and believable," he added. Apart from these characters, some one-liners like "Chacha Chaudhary Ka Dimag Computer Se Bhi Tez Chalta Hai" (Chacha Chaudhary's brain works faster than computer) or "Jab Sabu Ko Gussa Aata Hai toh Jupiter par Jwalamukhi Fatata Hai" (When Sabu gets angry, a volcano erupts on the planet Jupiter) - are indelibly etched into the minds of young and old alike. Bollywood too dipped into nostalgia and fondly remembered this eminent cartoonist.