Chacha Chaudhari (and Sabu)
What happens when brain and brawn come together? While “Chacha Caudhary ka dimaag computer se bhi tez chalta hai”, Sabu’s height and muscles can put a beefed up John Abraham to shame.
When a middle aged man, devoid of any masks or capes (and muscles), dons a velvet winter suit and spins around at lightening speed, all western heroes are put to shame. Mind you, he leaves us with a moral lesson too. Sorry Shaktimaan! ????
One of Tinkle’s most loved characters, Suppandi’s adventures were every child’s fantasy.
Mussadi Lal (and Bhatia)
Pankaj Kapur has always managed to portray the grief and distress of a common man. And this time, it was something every Indian would relate to. Ill-treated by corrupt officials, how the man comes up as a winner made for an interesting show to watch.
Portraying the hopes, aspirations, troubles and success of the common Indian, this iconic character created by author and cartoonist R.K. Laxman came to light in every living room.
Super Commando Dhruv
Born to a couple who worked in Jupiter Circus, Super Commando Dhruv is India’s Batman because he doesn’t possess any superpower. It’s his acrobatic skills, martial arts training and strong willpower that make him a hero.
With his extraordinary physical strength and ability to dodge bullets, he kicks ass of villains like, Kaal Paheliya. And this anti-hero can communicate with dogs too. Awesome!
One of the most popular sections of Tinkle comics, Anu Uncle gave every youngster a reason to embrace science by making it fun enough with his interesting experiments and tricks.
Yakoooo! Every lad who has grown up watching Chandrakanta is used to hating this moustache-man for those evil (yet funny) histrionics. And does anyone remember his two sidekicks?
Mowgli (with Baloo, Bageera, Sher Khan and team)
“Jungle jungle baat chali hai, pata chala hai…arey chaddi pehn ke phool khila hai, phool khila hai”. Humming along? That’s the Indianized version of Tarzan for you.
We don’t exactly know who she is. While there exist a bunch of stories about her, all we did was envy her for those utterly butterly delicacies.
A cult character in India’s longest running TV series, ACP solves crimes like no one does. Be it the thing he does with his hand or the way he says, “Daya, darwaza tor do!” every bit of his persona has made him a household name.
India’s answer to Sherlock Holmes and Byomkesh Bakshi stood apart from the clan of detectives. No black blazer, no pipe in his mouth, just a regular guy solving mysteries with his intellect, intuition and sometimes his confidant Ajit.
Sam D’silva (and Gopi)
Who knows that Sam D’silva actually has 7 bullets in his specially designed revolver? While C.I.D. took 16 years to reach its cult status, Tehkikaat left its mark in only 13 episodes.
Thanks to Capt. Vyom, we now know what the world (and solar system) will look like in the year 2220 A.D.
Raja and Rancho
Another detective duo, but this time there’s a monkey. How would you react when you know that the monkey has acted in over 50 movies? Exactly!
One of the flagship characters of Tinkle comics, Shikari Shambu, was inspired by a character in the famous television drama, I love Lucy.
A break from Ekta Kapoor’s soap operas, Sarabhai V/S Sarabhai emerged as one of the best sitcoms of India. With Maya’s elite sarcasm and Monisha’s categorically middle-class habits, the show made for a treat to watch.
A henpecked clerk who gets bossed around at the office too, daydreams of how he takes revenge on his boss, his father-in-law and wife. Directed by none other than Prakash Jha.
While each story ended with a moral question, King Vikramaditya would get it right and of course, Betaal fled away. Cycle continues.