Paintal (comedian)

Kanwarjit Paintal, better known as Paintal or Makkhan (born 22 August 1948), started off as an Indian comic actor and moved on to teaching the art of acting. He has extensively worked not only in numerous movies but also television.

Paintal in 2009
Kanwarjit Singh Paintal

(1948-08-22) 22 August 1948
RelativesGufi Paintal (brother)
Hiten Paintal (son)

He was born into a Sikh family in a village named Tarn Taran which is near Amritsar, Punjab. He lived his early life with his family members in Sadar Bazaar, Delhi. Paintal learnt acting at the Film and Television Institute of India and in 2008 was the Head of the Acting Department of FTII. He came to Bombay (now Mumbai) in 1969. His brother Gufi Paintal played Shakuni in Mahabharat (TV Series). His son, Hiten Paintal, is also an actor, who worked in movies such as Dil Maange More (2004) and Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008).[1]


Some of Paintal's notable roles included Rattan in Jawani Diwani (1972), Salma in Rafoo Chakkar (1975), Guruji in Bawarchi (1972), Arun in Piya Ka Ghar (1972), Panditji (Astrologer) in Parichay (1972), Totaram in Jangal Mein Mangal (1972), Kamal in Heera Panna (1973), Headmaster in Roti (1974), Ramu in Khote Sikkay (1973), and Budh Anand in Satte Pe Satta (1982). One of his most notable roles was as Champak Boomia in Aaj Ki Taaza Khabar (1973). The film became very successful for the character 'Champak Bhumia' played by him. From playing comic roles, Paintal has moved on to play serious character roles, most recent of which is in the television drama Pyar Ka Dard Hain Kuch Meetha Meetha.

Bollywood films

TV career

Awards and nominations

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1973 Bawarchi[2] Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Comic Role Won
1978 Chala Murari Hero Banne Won


  1. "Sibling revelry". Retrieved 12 November 2006.
  2. "Paintal: Awards". Retrieved 12 November 2006.
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