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Kanwarjit Paintal Age, Wife, Children, Family, Biography

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Age: 75 Years
Wife: Geeta Paintal
Hometown: New Delhi

Kanwarjit Paintal

Bio/Wiki
Full NameKanwarjit Singh Paintal
Famous NamePaintal
Profession(s)Actor, Comedian
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)5' 5" (165 cm)
Eye ColourTrue Gray
Hair ColourSalt & Pepper
Career
Awards1973- Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role for 'Bawarchi' (1972)
1978- Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role for 'Chala Murari Hero Banne' (1977)
Personal Life
Date of Birth22 August 1948 (Sunday)
Age (as of 2023) 75 Years
BirthplaceTarn Taran, Punjab
Zodiac signLeo
NationalityIndian
HometownDelhi
College/UniversityFilm and Television Institute of India, Pune
Educational QualificationActing Course
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Family
Wife/SpouseGeeta Paintal
Kanwarjit Paintal with his wife
ChildrenSon- Hiten Paintal (Actor)
Daughter- Mitasha Paintal (Philosopher)
Kanwarjit Paintal's children
ParentsFather- Gurucharan Paintal (Cameraman) (Deceased)
SiblingsBrother- Gufi Paintal (Deceased) (Actor)
Kanwarjit Paintal with his brother Gufi Paintal (extreme right)
Other RelativesHarry Paintal (Actor) (Nephew)
Social Media
InstagramKanwarjit Paintal

Kanwarjit Paintal

Some Lesser Known Facts About Kanwarjit Paintal

  • Kanwarjit Paintal’s family was based in Lahore, Pakistan, from where his father relocated to India and settled in Punjab where Paintal was born.
  • Since his childhood days, Kanwarjit Paintal always wanted to entertain people.
  • During his school days, he used to be part of a theatre group called ‘Panorama Theatre’ which was started by one of his school teachers. Sometimes he also used to clean the theatre.
  • During his childhood days, Paintal’s father used to shoot movies for his own interest on an 8mm camera in which Paintal used to act. After watching his acting, Paintal’s father suggested that he should pursue acting.
  • Before choosing acting as a career, Kanwarjit wanted to become a naval aviation officer as he belonged to an army background because all his uncles were retired army generals.
  • His aunt (Kanwarjit’s mother’s sister) suggested Kanwarjit’s father to get Kanwarjit admitted into the FTII to learn acting and his father agreed.
  • Kanwarjit Paintal was never a bright student hence, when he was about to go to the FTII, his father came to drop him to the railway station and said

    You were never a bright student; however, you are my son and now you have to do something big.” [1]News18 India Hindi

    These words of his father changed Kanwarjit’s life.

  • During his time in FTII, he was given training on how to act like a mime which is a theatrical technique of suggesting action, character, or emotion without words. Paintal used to secretly practice his lessons on the terrace of his hostel at night when nobody could see him.
  • Jaya Bachchan was Kanwarjit Paintal’s junior at the FTII, Pune.
  • Jaya Bachchan gave him the nickname ‘Bunty’ when they both were studying in FTII.
  • While he was pursuing his acting course in Pune, he was invited to perform a mime act in the Poona Club where he charged Rs. 50 for his performance. That was Kanwarjit Paintal’s first ever earning.
  • He handed his first earnings to his mother and she kept those 50 rupees till her last breath.
  • The Indian actor Om Prakash saw Paital’s mime act at the Poona Club and told Paintal that he was his first fan.
  • After 3 months of training at the FTII, one day, he received a telegram from his father saying that he had lost his job and he could not afford to pay Paintal’s fees anymore.
  • On the same day of receiving the telegram from his father, Paintal was notified that the FTII had decided to grant him a monthly stipend of 75 rupees for being the best student of the first year.
  • He quit non-vegetarian as it would cost him more money which he couldn’t afford as he used to pay his own college fees.
  • In 1969, Kanwarjit Paintal moved to Mumbai to pursue his career in acting.
  • In 1971, Paintal was cast in the Hindi drama film titled ‘Lal Patthar’ in which he played the role of Chhotu.
  • Indian film director Roshan Taneja was the mentor and teacher of Paintal at the FTII, Pune.
  • In 1976, Paintal was appointed as a teacher for mime classes at the Roshan Taneja School of Acting in Mumbai.
  • In 1985, he was cast in the Indian TV series titled ‘Vikram Aur Betaal’ the concept of which was based on Baital Pachisi, a collection of tales. Paintal played the role of Dagdoo. The series was aired on DD National.

    Kanwarjit Paintal in a still from the Hindi TV series titled 'Vikram Aur Betaal' (1985)

    Kanwarjit Paintal in a still from the Hindi TV series titled ‘Vikram Aur Betaal’ (1985)

  • In 1988, Kanwarjit Paintal was cast in the Hindi-language television series titled ‘Mahabharat’ which was based on the ancient Sanskrit epic Mahabharata. He played the role of Shikhandi and adult Sudama. Kanwarjit’s brother Gufi played the role of Shakuni in the series.

    Kanwarjit Paintal in a still from the Hindi TV series titled 'Mahabharat' (1988)

    Kanwarjit Paintal in a still from the Hindi TV series titled ‘Mahabharat’ (1988)

  • In 2005, Kanwarjit Paintal was appointed as the head of the acting department of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune.
  • In 2023, his elder brother and actor Gufi Paintal passed away after a prolonged illness and Kanwarjit was very close to him. He said in an interview that ‘I love you’ were the last words of his brother to him before he passed away.
  • Kanwarjit Paintal owns a production house named ‘Paintal Productions.’
  • Kanwarjit Paintal has been part of many Hindi films including ‘Aaj Ki Taaza Khabar’ (1973) as Champak Boomia, ‘Satte Pe Satta’ (1982) as Budh Anand, ‘Jaisi Karni Waisi Bharni (1989) as Maganlal, and ‘Kahani Rubberband Ki’ (2022) as a Judge.

    Kanwarjit Paintal in a still from the Hindi film titled 'Kahani Rubberband Ki' (2022)

    Kanwarjit Paintal in a still from the Hindi film titled ‘Kahani Rubberband Ki’ (2022)

  • Kanwarjit Paintal has been part of many Hindi TV series including ‘Shakti — Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki’ (2016) as Baksh Singh on Colors TV, ‘Kabhi Kabhie Ittefaq Sey’ (2022) as Charudutt Kulshresta on StarPlus, and ‘Mehndi Wala Ghar’ (2024) as Hari Agarwal on Sony Entertainment Television channel.

    Kanwarjit Paintal in a still from the Hindi TV serial titled 'Kabhi Kabhie Ittefaq Sey' (2022)

    Kanwarjit Paintal in a still from the Hindi TV serial titled ‘Kabhi Kabhie Ittefaq Sey’ (2022)

  • Kanwarjit Paintal is a close friend of the Indian actor Johnny Lever and they have done many projects together.

    Kanwarjit Paintal with Johnny Lever (right)

    Kanwarjit Paintal with Johnny Lever (right)

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