Gufi Paintal Age, Death, Wife, Children, Family, Biography & More

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Age: 78 Years
Death Date: 05/06/2023
Wife: Rekha

Gufi Paintal

Real NameSarabjeet Paintal
Profession(s)Actor, Film Director, Casting Director
Famous Role'Shakuni' in the Indian epic television series "Mahabharat"
Gufi Paintal in Mahabharat
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 170 cm
in meters- 1.70 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 7”
Eye ColourBrown
Hair ColourGrey
DebutFilm: Dillagi (1978) as Ganesh
TV: Mahabharat (1988) as Shakuni
Last FilmSamrat & Co. (2014) as Dinesh Das a.k.a. DD Family Lawyer
Last TV ShowJay Kaniya lal Ki (2021-22) on Star Bharat; he played the role of Vishwakarma.
Personal Life
Date of Birth4 October 1944 (Wednesday)
BirthplaceDelhi, British India (now in India)
Date of Death5 June 2023
Place of DeathBellevue Multispeciality Hospital in Andheri, Mumbai
Age (at the time of death)78 Years
Death CauseAge-related health issues [1]Hindustan Times
Zodiac signLibra
HometownLahore, Pakistan
SchoolDPS International School, Delhi
Educational QualificationGraduate in Engineering
ReligionSikhism [2]Wikipedia
HobbiesReading, Travelling
Relationships & More
Marital Status (at the time of death)Widower
Wife/SpouseRekha (Passed away in 1993 due to heart attack)
Gufi Paintal with his wife and son
ChildrenSon- Harry Paintal (Actor)
Daughter- None
ParentsFather- Gurucharan Paintal (Cameraman)
Mother- Name Not Known
SiblingsBrother- Kanwarjit Paintal (Actor & Comedian)
Gufi Paintal's brother Kanwarjit Paintal
Sister- None

Gufi Paintal

Some Lesser Known Facts About Gufi Paintal

  • Gufi Paintal was born in a middle-class family in Delhi.
  • His family was based in Lahore, Pakistan, from where his father relocated to India and got settled in Delhi.
  • Gufi’s father was a veteran cameraman of his time. He owned a small studio in Delhi.
  • Gufi was inclined towards acting from a very young age and he, along with his brother Kanwarjit, used to enact small shadow plays in their childhood.
  • His father desired him to become an engineer. So, he graduated in engineering.
  • After completing his graduation, Paintal joined the Tata Engineering & Locomotive firm in Jamshedpur, Bihar.
  • Gufi was enrolled in army in Bihar during defence emergency due to China war.
  • Thereafter, Paintal got transferred to Tata Engineering & Locomotive branch in Bombay.
  • At that time, his brother, Kanwarjit, had already settled in the entertainment industry.With the help of his brother, Gufi too entered the industry as an assistant director.
  • Soon, he started doing character roles in TV serials and films.
  • His acting debut came in 1978 with the film “Dillagi” in which he played the role of Ganesh.
  • Subsequently, he appeared in small roles in a few films.
  • 1988, Gufi joined as a technical head in B. R. Films and began looking after the ads division.
  • While working there, he bagged the role of ‘Shakuni’ in B. R. Chopra’s epic TV series “Mahabharat.”

    Gufi Paintal as Shakuni in Mahabharat

    Gufi Paintal as Shakuni in Mahabharat

  • He became very popular after playing the role of ‘Shakuni’ in the TV series.
  • He featured as ‘Justice Raghunath’ in the crime series “Kanoon.”
  • Some of his popular films include “Suhaag,” “Maidan-E-Jung,” “The Revenge: Geeta Mera Naam,” “Kaalo,” “Mahabharat Aur Barbareek,” and “Samrat & Co.”
  • He used to get paid Rs. 3000 per episode for the TV series “Mahabharat.”
  • Gufi shared in an interview that when he was serving in the Indian army, he and his fellows often used to enact ‘Ramleela’ in their leisure time and he used to play ‘Sita’ at that time.
  • His first salary was Rs. 7000 per month, which he earned as an engineer with the Tatas.
  • Gufi was appointed as the head of Mumbai’s Abbhinnay Acting Academy in 2010.
  • In June 2023, he was admitted to a hospital in Mumbai, following a chronic illness related to his heart and kidney, where he died on 5 June 2023. [3]The Times of India

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