Doordarshan recently brought back Ramanand Sagar's Ramayan and BR Chopra's Mahabharata on national television. Both the two shoes have a cult following ever since their release in the late 1980s and 1990s. Various actors from the show have recently spoken about their individual experiences of playing pivotal roles in the classic mythical show. In a recent interview Gufi Paintal recalled the time a random man threatened to break his legs. Paintal said that the man was angry at him for playing the role of Shakuni in BR Chopra's Mahabharata.
He said, "When Mahabharata was airing in the late eighties, I used to get thousands of letters from the Mahabharat fans. A letter I remember was from a gentleman who threatened me! He said I should stop doing evil deeds or he would break my legs! The special thing about those days was the fact that people were so innocent back then and thought that I was Shakuni Mama in real! People loved to hate me because of my character. Also, to single out any one memory would be tough as there were just so many amazing memories of working with the cast. They all are memories of life."
Amrishji (Amrish Puri) is known for playing Mogambo. Amjad Bhai (Amjad Khan) is known for playing Gabbar Singh. In my case, it is Shakuni Mama’s role that I am remembered for. People love to hate me because of my character. Shakuni Mama was like the tadka of the show. We all know ‘Saadi dal khaa kar maza nahi aata’ – we all need some tadka to it. Also, characters like Shakuni are so well woven into the story that they become an integral part. Without them, the story does not move," Paintal added.