Gufi Paintal is a Bollywood actor who acted in some famous movies in 1980s. He also played leading roles in television serials and plays. Even His brother and his nephew are also actors. He was born near Amritsar in Punjab in a Sikh Family. In his childhood, he lived with his family members in Delhi.
He was an outsider in the film industry until the age of 20, after completing his engineering, he arrived in Mumbai. By then his younger brother was already trained in acting. In the same way in 1969 Gufi took up modeling as his field, later on he also worked in movies as an assistant director. After it, he took up direction and also directed his brother.
He was very famous for his well-known character of Shakuni Mama in the serial Mahabharat which was adapted from original Mahabharat and filmed by Mr. B. R. Chopra and his son Mr.
. Gufi Paintal himself realized that it was his best role ever. He also worked for a channel Sahara Samay in which he played character of Shakuni in political discussion shows, which were also quite famous and brought fame upon him for the character.
In the year 1993, he was awarded as the best actor for his character among 13 others in the world at prestigious Cannes Film festivals. In his own words “I always feel proud of the fact that my job was appreciated”
He also took up direction recently and directed a movie named Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. The Movie is the sketch regarding the life of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, a 16th-century Great devotee of Lord Sri Krishna who is also well recognized as an incarnation of the god by followers of Gaudiya Vaishnavism (followers of Lord Vishnu).
He recently took up the post of head at the well-known acting academy in 2010 known as an Abbhinnay Acting Academy in Mumbai, which is established by his friend and serial Mahabharata co-star