Another phenomenal actor passes away. Who was actor Gufi Paintal, the Mahabharat fame actor?

Veteran Indian actor and casting director, Gufi Paintal passes away due to age-related issues on June 5 in a hospital in Mumbai. Let's know him better and bid adieu to the actor.

Astha Pasricha
Jun 5, 2023, 22:31 IST
Veteran actor Gufi Paintal passes away.
Veteran actor Gufi Paintal passes away.

Popularly known as Sarabjeet Singh Paintal,  veteran actor Gufi Paintal passes away due to age-related health issues in a hospital in Mumbai. The man was not only an actor but also a casting director. While the man was part of a myriad of movies and TV shows, he is most remembered for his iconic role of Shakuni Mama in the Mahabharat adaptation by B.R. Chopra and Ravi Chopra. Gufi Paintal himself recognized the role of Shakuni Mama as his best role. The sad demise is a shock for many. Let's know the late actor better.

Gufi Paintal- Personal Life

Gufi Paintal was born on October 4, 1944. He pursued engineering but somehow stepped into the world of acting like his younger brother. When he arrived in Bombay in the year 1969, the man started his career in modeling. He then also started working as an assistant director for a few movies. He also began acting in multiple movies and T.V. serials. In one of his projects, Gufi Paintal also directed his brother.

Name:  Gufi Paintal
Real Name (If any): Sarabjeet Paintal
Date of Birth: October 4, 1944
Place of Birth: Delhi
Date of Death: June 5, 2023
Cause of Death:  Age-related health issues
Place of Death:  Bellevue Multispeciality Hospital, Andheri, Mumbai
Age (at the time of demise): 78 years, 8 months
Hometown: Lahore, Pakistan
Nationality: India
School: DPS International School, Delhi
Educational Qualification: Engineering Graduate
Hobbies: Travelling, reading
Profession: Actor, Director, Casting Director
Popularly known for: His role as Shakuni in Indian television series Mahabharat
Religion: Sikhism
Marital Status: Widower
Spouse: Rekha (passed away in the year 1993)

Harry Paintal (Son)

Profession: Actor

Parents: Gurucharan Paintal (Father)
Siblings: Kanwarjit Paintal (Brother)

Table 1: Gufi Paintal- Personal Life


Gufi Paintal- Career

Gufi Paintal's career is best recalled for his iconic play of the character Shakuni Mama in the popular Mahabharat adaptation by B.R. Chopra and Ravi Chopra. Not only for his fans, but the role of Shakuni Mama was the best in his lifetime for Gufi Paintal himself. The character got immensely famous, so much so that he got the opportunity to present a show based on political discussions in the character of Shakuni Mama on the Sahara Samay news channel.

His career as a director is also worth talking about. The movie Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was directed by Gufi Paintal. The producer of the film was Pawan Kumar and the music was given by Ravindra Jain.

The movie revolves around the life of a 16-th century Krishna devotee, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who is further seen as an incarnation of the Almighty by Gaudiya Vaishnavism followers. 


In the year 2010, Gufi Paintal was selected as the Abbhinnay Acting Academy's head of the facility. Abbhinnay Acting Academy is an acting school set by Pankaj Dheer (Gufi Paintal's Mahabharata co-star), in Mumbai.

Gufi Paintal- Movies

Actor Gufi Paintal made his debut in the world of movies with Rafoo Chakkar, a film released in 1975. In the movie, he played the character of Salim. Next, he worked in the 1978 movie Dillagi as the character of Ganesh. The last film of the actor was Samrat & Co. released in the year 2014. In Samrat & Co., the actor played the role of Dinesh Das, also known as DD Family Lawyer. Here's a list of the movies done by the actor.

Films Year Character Played
Rafoo Chakkar 1975 Salim
Dillagi 1978 Ganesh
Des Pardes 1978 -
Suhaag 1994 Maternal Uncle of Akshay Kumar
Maidan-E-Jung 1995 Mamaji
Daava 1997 Mangal Singh
The Revenge: Geeta Mera Naam 2000 -
Ghoom 2006 Boss of Vijay Dikshit
Mahabharat Aur Barbareek 2013 Shakuni
Samrat & Co. 2014 Dinesh Das

Table 2: Films by Gufi Paintal


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Gufi Paintal- T.V Shows

Gufi Paintal was not known as a phenomenal actor for the silver screen but was also a well-known actor in the television industry. He stepped into the world of television with the serial Bahadur Shah Zafar on DD National. However, the highlight of his television career was the character of Shakuni played by him in the popular show Mahabharat.  The actor was not only an important character in the show but was also its casting director. His last T.V. show was Jay Kaniya Lal Ki,  on Star Bharat, where he played the role of Vishwakarma.

T.V. Serial Role Played Year T.V. Channel
Bahadur Shah Zafar - 1986 DD National
Mahabharat Shakuni. He also worked in the T.V. show as the casting director 1988-1990 DD National
Kanoon Justice Raghunath 1988-1990 DD Metro
Sauda - 1992 DD National
Om Namah Shivay Shakuni 1997-2001 DD National
Akbar Birbal Mulla Do Pyaza 1998-1999 DD National
CID  Chander 2001 Sony TV
Ssshhhh. Koi Hai Dr. Jarkos 2002 Star Plus
The Magic Make-Up Box Brithari 2003 Zee TV
Dwarkadheesh Bhagwaan Shree Krishn Shakuni 2011- 2012 Imagine TV
Mrs. Kaushik Ki Paanch Bahuein Brijbhushan Bhalla 2012- 2013 Zee TV
Bharat Ka Veer Putra- Maharana Pratap Humayun 2013 Sony TV
Karmaphal Data Shani Vishwakarma 2016-2018 Colors TV
Karn Sangini Kripacharya 2018 Star Plus
Radha-Krishn Vishwakarma 2019-2023 Star Bharat
Jay Kaniya Lal Ki Vishwakarma 2021-2022 Star Bharat

Table 3: Television Series by Gufi Paintal

Gufi Paintwal passed away at Bellevue Multispeciality Hospital, Andheri, Mumbai, on June 5, 2023, due to health issues at the age of 78.

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