Gufi Paintal

Gufi Paintal (4 October 1944 - 5 June 2023) also known as Sarabjeet Singh Paintal was an Indian actor and casting director.

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, Gufi took up modelling, worked as an assistant director for movies and acted in various movies and serials.

He 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 recognized as his best role.

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.

Paintal 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.

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.

Gufi Paintal passed away on 5 June, Monday, in a Mumbai hospital from age-related difficulties.