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Gufi Paintal

Sarabjeet Paintal, better known as Gufi Paintal, was an Indian actor, director, and casting director. He is best known for playing the role of ‘Shakuni’ in the Indian epic television series “Mahabharat.” He died at the age of 78 years in Mumbai on 5 June 2023.


Gufi Paintal was born on Wednesday, 4 October 1944 (age 78 years; at the time of death) in Delhi. His zodiac sign is Libra. His family has its roots in Lahore, Pakistan. He did his schooling from Delhi’s DPS International School. Being born to a cameraman father, Paintal and his brother Kanwarjit, used to enact small shadow plays in their childhood. The world of entertainment always fascinated him. However, his father wanted him to become an engineer. So, after he finished his schooling, Gufi pursued engineering. After graduating, he joined Tata Engineering & Locomotive firm in Jamshedpur, Bihar. During defence emergency due to China war, Gufi served with the army in Bihar for a few years. Later, he was transferred to Tata Engineering & Locomotive branch in Bombay (now, Mumbai). By that time, his brother, Kanwarjit, had already got his first break. Following his brothers footsteps, Gufi, decided to step into the entertainment industry. He first joined as an assistant director.

Physical Appearance

Height (approx.): 5′ 6″

Hair Colour: Grey

Eye Colour: Brown

Gufi Paintal

Family & Caste

Gufi Paintal belonged to a Sikh Family. [1]Wikipedia His father, Gurucharan Paintal was a veteran cameraman in Lahore. Not much is known about his mother. His younger brother, Kanwarjit Paintal, is an actor and comedian.

Gufi Paintal's brother Kanwarjit Paintal

Gufi Paintal’s brother, Kanwarjit Paintal

He was married to Rekha, who passed away in 1993 due to a heart attack. Together, they had a son, Harry Paintal, who is an actor.

Gufi Paintal with his wife and son

Gufi Paintal with his wife and son

His nephew Hiten Paintal is an actor.

Gufi Paintal's nephew Hiten Paintal

Gufi Paintal’s nephew, Hiten Paintal


Gufi Paintal started his career as an assistant director when he was 24 years old. Slowly, he began getting character roles. He made his film debut in 1978 by playing the role of ‘Ganesh’ in the romantic-comedy “Dillagi.” Next, he appeared in the Bollywood film “Des Pardes.” He, then, joined as a technical head in B. R. Films. He used to look after the ads division. It was then that he landed the role of ‘Shakuni’ in the Indian epic TV series “Mahabharat.” Gufi gained immense popularity by playing the role of ‘Shakuni.’ Subsequently, he appeared in the crime series “Kanoon” as ‘Justice Raghunath.’

Gufi Paintal as Shakuni in Mahabharat

Gufi Paintal as Shakuni in Mahabharat

He featured in many Bollywood films like “Suhaag,” “Maidan-E-Jung,” “The Revenge: Geeta Mera Naam,” “Kaalo,” “Mahabharat Aur Barbareek,” and “Samrat & Co.” Paintal has also featured in TV shows like “Akbar Birbal,” “Ssshhhh..Koi Hai,” and “Karn Sangini.”

Last Film

His last released film was Samrat & Co. (2014) in which he played the role of Dinesh Das a.k.a. DD Family Lawyer.

Last TV Show

His last television show was Jay Kaniya lal Ki (2021-22) on Star Bharat in which he played the role of Vishwakarma.


On 5 June 2023, he died of age-related health issues at Bellevue Multispeciality Hospital in Andheri, Mumbai, when he had been undergoing treatment for a few days. [2]The Hindu


  • His hobbies included reading and travelling.
  • Initially, Gufi joined the TV series “Mahabharat” as an assistant director. However, later he was offered the role of ‘Shakuni’ in the serial.
  • Paintal used to earn Rs. 3000 per episode for playing the role of ‘Shakuni’ in “Mahabharat.”
  • While serving in the Indian army, Gufi and his fellows used to enact Ramleela on the border for their entertainment. During that time, he used to play the role of Sita.
  • During an interview, Gufi revealed that the first salary that he ever received was Rs. 7000 per month, which he earned while working as an engineer in the Tata firm.
  • In 2010, Paintail was appointed the head of facility at the Abbhinnay Acting Academy in Mumbai.


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