Gufi Paintal, who played ‘Shakuni Mama’ in Mahabharat, dies at 79

Jun 5, 2023

By: Rahul Verma

Born Punjabi

Gufi Paintal was born on October 4, 1944, in Tarn Taran, Punjab, India.

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Engineer to actor

He was trained as an engineer, but eventually pursued a career in acting.

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Debut movie

Gufi Paintal made his Bollywood debut in the 1975 film “Rafoo Chakkar”.

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Mahabharat

He is best known for his role as Shakuni Mama in the 1988 television series "Mahabharat".

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Movies to serials

He has also appeared in a number of other popular films and television shows, including "Khichdi", "Office Office", and "Sasural Genda Phool".

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Padma Shri

Gufi Paintal was a recipient of the Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest civilian honor, in 2012.

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Wife and Family

He was married to Shobha Paintal and they had two children, a son and a daughter.

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From comedy to villainy

Gufi Paintal was a versatile actor who could play a wide range of roles, from comic to villainous.

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Iconic actor leaves lasting legacy

He will be remembered as one of the most popular and talented actors of his generation.

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