Gufi Paintal, aka Shakuni Mama of Mahabharat's sad demise at 79 after hospitalization!
Gufi Paintal, an experienced actor who played Shakuni Mama in BR Chopra's Mahabharat, has passed away. He died on Monday in Mumbai as a result of health problems brought on by ageing. He was 79. According to reports, the actor was admitted to the hospital on May 31 after experiencing long-term illness. He was reportedly hospitalised for heart and kidney-related issues when allegations of his health being critical first arose a few days ago.
On Monday, Gufi Paintal passed away. His family then released a statement in which they said, “With profound grief we announce the sad demise of our father Mr Gufi Paintal (Shakuni Mama). He passed away peacefully this morning surrounded by family." Gufi Paintal passed suddenly this morning at around 9 am, according to Hiten Paintal, the late artist's nephew, who spoke to a daily.
With the 1975 movie Rafoo Chakkar, Gufi Paintal made his acting debut in the character of Salim. Rishi Kapoor, Neetu Kapoor, Asrani, and other actors were in the movie. Other films with which he has acted include Des Pardes, Dillagi, Daava, Suhaag, and others. Over the years, he appeared as a lead in several TV shows and films. Although he is best recognised for his work in BR Chopra's Mahabharat, he has also appeared in Kanoon, Sauda, Akbar Birbal, Om Namah Shivay, Mrs. Kaushik ki Paanch Bahuein, and Karn Sanghini, among other TV series. His final appearance was in Jai Kanhaiya Lal Ki.
Gufi Paintal, in addition to being a gifted actor, has also directed a few television programmes and the film Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.