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Gufi Paintal Biography

Born : 22 August 1968

Gufi Paintal is an Indian actor, director and casting director. He was born on 4th October into a Sikh family, and initially aspired to be an engineer. In his youth, Paintal also served in the military for a brief period.

In 1969, however, he moved to Mumbai where his younger brother Kanwarjit Paintal was already in the film industry, and began taking on modelling assignments for print and television advertisements. Soon, he too moved into the world of film, and began working as an assistant director, and also took on several small roles in both movies and television.

His most memorable role came in 1988 with B.R. Chopra’s TV series Mahabharat, in which Paintal played the role of ‘Shakuni Mama’. He was, in fact, so iconic in his portrayal of the character that when Imagine TV came up with the idea for their show Dwarkadheesh: Bhagwan Shree Krishn (2011 – 2012), Paintal was once again cast in the same role of Shakuni. He himself also considers the role to be among his best and most immersive work.

In 2010, Paintal became the Head of Abhinnay Acting Academy, Mumbai and the following year, he ventured into yet another direction with his film Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu  (2011), a film about one of Krishna’s devotees and supposed re-incarnations.

He continues to act and was recently seen in Kaushik Ghatak’s mystery film Samrat and Co. (2014). He also had roles in Hostel (2011), and Lottery (2009). Paintal is also passionate about and active with respect to teaching acting, and has conducted workshops for aspiring actors including one earlier in 2014 at Ronkel – Media Education and Research Institute, through which he hoped to enhance the way the young aspirants approached the art.