Gufi Paintal

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Gufi Paintal
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Paintal in 2010
Sarabjeet Singh Paintal[1]

(1944-10-04) 4 October 1944 (age 78)
Occupation(s)Actor, Casting Director.
Years active1978-present
SpouseRekha Paintal

Sarabjeet "Gufi" Paintal (born 4 October 1944) is an Indian actor and director. His most famous role was that of Shakuni in the TV serial Mahabharat. He is the elder brother of the noted comedian and character actor Paintal.


Gufi Paintal is an Indian actor who appeared in some notable Bollywood movies in 1980s, as well as television serials and plays. He was born in a Sikh Family.

Initially trained as an engineer, he would go on to follow his younger brother (who had been trained at the Film and Television Institute of India) into acting. Arriving in Bombay in 1969 and Gufi took up modeling, worked as an assistant director for movies and acted in various movies and serials. He has also directed his brother. His most well-known role is that of Mama (Maternal Uncle) Shakuni in the Mahabharat adaptation by B.R. Chopra and his son Ravi Chopra which Paintal himself recognizes as his best role.[2] Indeed, he is so associated with his Shakuni character in India that Paintal presented a political discussion show on the news channel Sahara Samay in the character of Shakuni.[3]

Paintal has recently directed the movie, Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu which sketches the life of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, a 16th-century devotee of Krishna who is recognised as an incarnation of the god by followers of Gaudiya Vaishnavism. The film was produced by Pawan Kumar with music by Ravindra Jain.[4] In 2010 he was appointed head of facility at the Abbhinnay Acting Academy in Mumbai, a school established by his Mahabharata co-star Pankaj Dheer.[5][6]



Year Films Roles
1975 Rafoo Chakkar Salim
1978 Dillagi Ganesh
1978 Des Pardes
1994 Suhaag Akshay kumar's maternal uncle
1995 Maidan-E-Jung Mamaji
1997 Daava Mangal Singh, One Piece kathiavadi Ghodo
2000 The Revenge: Geeta Mera Naam
2006 Ghoom (film) Vijay Dikshit's Boss
2013 Mahabharat Aur Barbareek Shakuni
2014 Samrat & Co. Dinesh Das a.k.a. DD Family Lawyer


Year Serial Role Channel
1986 Bahadur Shah Zafar DD National
1988–1990 Mahabharat Shakuni as an actor & Also the Casting Director DD National
1988–1990 Kanoon Justice Raghunath DD Metro
1992 Sauda DD National
1997-2001 Om Namah Shivay Shakuni DD National
1998-1999 Akbar Birbal Mulla Do Pyaza DD National
2001 CID (Indian TV series) Chander Episode 195, 196
2002 Ssshhhh...Koi Hai Dr. Jarkos Star Plus
2003 The Magic Make-Up Box Brithari Zee TV
2011-2012 Dwarkadheesh Bhagwaan Shree Krishn Shakuni Imagine Tv
2012–2013 Mrs. Kaushik Ki Paanch Bahuein Brijbhushan Bhalla[7] Zee TV
2013 Bharat Ka Veer Putra – Maharana Pratap Humayun Sony TV
2016–2018 Karmaphal Daata Shani Vishwakarma Colors TV
2018 Karn Sangini Kripacharya Star Plus
2019–2023 RadhaKrishn Vishwakarma Star Bharat
2021-2022 Jay Kaniya lal Ki Vishwakarma Star Bharat


  1. ^ "Guftagoo with Gufi Paintal". Retrieved 16 November 2019 – via YouTube.
  2. ^ The other Paintal Archived 23 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Sahara Samay: banking on youth Archived 3 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Times Music : Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu". Archived from the original on 9 March 2008.
  5. ^ "Akshay Kumar inaugurates Pankaj Dheer's acting academy – Abbhinnay". businessofcinema. 9 April 2010. Archived from the original on 25 February 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
  6. ^ "Akshay inaugurates Abbhinnay Acting Academy". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 12 April 2010. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
  7. ^ "Gufi Paintal in Mrs. Kaushik". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 3 January 2013.

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