Piyush Mishra

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Piyush Mishra
Mishra in 2016
Mishra in 2016
BornPriyakant Sharma
(1962-01-13) 13 January 1962 (age 62)
Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India
Alma materNational School of Drama
Years active1979–present
Priya Narayanan
(m. 1995)

Piyush Mishra (born as Priyakant Sharma; 13 January 1963) is an Indian actor, singer, lyricist, playwright, musician, and screenwriter. Mishra grew up in Gwalior, and graduated from National School of Drama, Delhi in 1986. Thereafter, he started his career in Hindi theatre in Delhi. Over the next decade, he established himself as a theatre director, actor, lyricist and singer. He moved to Mumbai in 2002, receiving acclaim for his acting in Maqbool (2003) and Gangs of Wasseypur (2012).

As a film lyricist and singer, he is noted for his songs Arre Ruk Ja Re Bandeh in Black Friday, (2004), Aarambh Hai Prachand in Gulaal (2009), Ik Bagal in Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 1, (2012), and Husna in MTV Coke Studio, (2012).[1]

Early life and background[edit]

Mishra was born on 13 January 1963[2] in Gwalior to Kumar Sharma. He grew up as Priyakant Sharma and was adopted by his father's eldest sister Taradevi Mishra, who had no children. Later, his family moved into his aunt's house to ease financial burden. His parents admitted him to Carmel Convent School, Gwalior thinking that his education in a convent will help him excel in academics but it was activities like singing, painting and acting which appealed to him. Piyush later moved to Gwalior's JC Mills Higher Secondary School. However, living in the authoritative household of his aunt, developed a rebellious streak in him, which showed up in his first poem, Zinda ho haan tum koi shak nahin (Yes you are alive; of this there is no doubt), he wrote in class 8th. Later, while studying in class 10, he even filed an affidavit in the district court and changed his name to one his choice to Piyush Mishra.[1][3]

Audio Release of GOW piyush mishra
Audio Release of GOW

Around this time, he began to be drawn to theatre – it was at places like Kala Mandir and Rangshri Little Ballet Troupe in Gwalior that his talent for the medium was first identified. In spite of the appreciation he was beginning to receive in the theatre circles, his family kept insisting he concentrate on his studies. He took the entrance test to the National School of Drama, New Delhi in 1983, not with any particular desire to study but to get out of Gwalior. Thereafter he moved to Delhi, and joined National School of Drama, graduating in 1986. While at NSD, he got a chance to compose his first music score for a student play, Mashreeki Hoor. His acting breakthrough came in his second year at NSD, when German director, Fritz Bennewitz (1926–95), directed him in the title role in Hamlet and introduced him to acting technique.[1][3] Piyush Mishra was introduced to communism by his friend N. K. Sharma in 1989 and he was a thorough Leftist worker for 20 years.[4][5][6]


Theater and television[edit]

After his graduation from NSD in 1990, Piyush Mishra started his career as a theatre actor in Delhi, and in 1990, helped start the theatre group Act One, with founder-director N. K. Sharma and stage actors like Manoj Bajpai, Gajraj Rao and Ashish Vidyarthi. In the following years he wrote and directed several plays as a part of Act One Theatre Group, including the acclaimed play, Gagan Damama Bajiyo (The Sky Resounds with the Call to Arms), based on revolutionary Bhagat Singh, which was first performed in 1994,[7][8] and upon publishing, sold its first edition in just seven days.[9] In 1996 he joined Asmita Theatre Group, and performed his popular one-man shows An Evening with Piyush Mishra. He wrote the lyrics for Asmita's popular plays. Piyush acted as Maniac in operation three star (an adaptation of Dario Fo's play Accidental Death of an Anarchist). Piyush is also known for his performance in Swadesh Deepak's Court Martial as Suraj Singh, first with Ranjeet Kapoor (1991) and later under the direction of Arvind Gaur (1996).[10]

By then, he had established himself as a theatre director and directed Comedy of Terror play for Shriram Centre Repertory Company,[11] and also presented his solo act play at the National School of Drama's Annual Theatre Festival, Bharat Rang Mahotsav in 1999.[12] Mishra briefly moved to Mumbai, as he acted in a television series, Rajdhani (1989), directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia for Star TV, and Shyam Benegal's Bharat Ek Khoj (1988) and horror TV serial Kile ka Rahasya (1989), though he returned to Delhi thereafter.[3]


Mishra made his debut as a film actor with Mani Ratnam's Dil Se.. in 1998, he portrayed as C.B.I Investigation Officer. though he continued to stay in Delhi to pursue theatre. His transition from playwright to screenwriter happened when he wrote the dialogues for Rajkumar Santoshi's 2001 film The Legend of Bhagat Singh, which was inspired in part by Mishra's critically acclaimed play on Bhagat Singh – Gagan Damama Bajyo.[9][13] It won him the Zee Cine Award for Best Dialogue (2003).[14] Meanwhile, he moved to Mumbai in November 2002,[7] where he went on to establish a career as a film lyricist, screenwriter and as an actor. He started writing lyrics with the film, Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar in 2002, and subsequently wrote for Black Friday (2004), Aaja Nachle and Tashan.

Mishra won accolades for his performance as Kaka in Vishal Bhardwaj's 2003 film Maqbool, an adaptation of William Shakespeare's Macbeth.[15][16] He wrote his own dialogues for his performance as Hafeez (Huffy) Bhai in Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007), and delivered them in poetry style.[17]

Mishra again appeared in Anurag Kashyap's 2009 movie Gulaal, a movie based on Indian youth, politics, caste-prejudice, and other such social topics. He played Prithvi, the poet brother of Dukey Bana (played by Kay Kay Menon), in the movie. This was a role he executed with aplomb. He also wrote the lyrics for the songs in the movie, and sung few of them as well and was also the music director of the film.[16] He has acted in Rockstar alongside Ranbir Kapoor and was known as the 'Image is everything...everything is Image' guy. He acted and wrote lyrics of some songs for the movie Gangs of Wasseypur. His songs are very high on poetic content and have received critical appreciation from all sections of audiences and critics.[citation needed]

In 2014, he acted in the film The Shaukeens, along with Anupam Kher, Annu Kapoor, Lisa Haydon in the lead role, which had Akshay Kumar in an extended cameo. Piyush also appeared in The Kapil Sharma Show to promote the film with Anupam Kher and Annu Kapoor. Although the film was a remake of the 1982 film Shaukeen directed by Basu Chatterjee, it was well appreciated by audience and was voted the best comedy film of 2014.[citation needed]

Ballimaaraan - Piyush Mishra Project[edit]

Ballimaaraan: The Piyush Mishra Project is a trailblazing musical ensemble that blurs the lines between genres and eras, crafting a distinctive sonic tapestry that resonates deeply with listeners. Led by the creative genius Piyush Mishra, the band has carved out a niche of its own in the realm of music, enthralling audiences with its emotive storytelling, eclectic melodies, and captivating performances.[1][2][3]

Personal life[edit]

He married Priya Narayanan in 1995, whom he met in 1992 while directing a play at the School of Planning and Architecture.[3] He lives in Goregaon East, Mumbai with his wife, who is an architect and two sons Jai who is pursuing Physics at Shiv Nadar University, Delhi NCR and Josh.


Songwriting credits[edit]

Title Year Artist Album
"Paagal" 2000 Vishal Bhardwaj Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar!!
"Bandeh" 2007 Indian Ocean Black Friday
"Badshah in Jail"
"Bharam Paap Ke"
"Bomb Planting"
"Memon House"
"Aaja Nachle" Salim–Sulaiman Aaja Nachle
"Soniye Mil Ja"
"Is Pal"
"Koi Patthar Se Na Maare"
"Dil Haara" 2008 Vishal–Shekhar Tashan
"Tashan Main" (with Vishal Dadlani)
"Tum Bhi Dhoondna" 2009 Ilaiyaraaja Chal Chalein
"Shehar Hai Khoob Kya Hai"
"Jhoom Jhoom So Ja"
"Gup Chup Shaam Thi"
"Chal Chal Chal Ke"
"Uff Are Tu Mirch Hai"
"Batladein Koi"
"Ranaji" Himself Gulaal
"Yaara Maula"
"Aisi Sazaa"
"Raat Ke Musafir"
"O Re Bande" 2010 M. M. Keeravani Lahore
"Ik Bagal" 2012 Sneha Khanwalkar Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1
"Keh Ke Lunga"
"Loonga Loonga" Himself
"Electric Piya" Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 2
"Bahut Khoob" Sneha Khanwalkar
"Tunya" Himself
"Bargat Ke Pedo" Kaustubh Tripathi-Deepak Pandit Jalpari: The Desert Mermaid
"Daanav" Vishal–Shekhar Arjun The Warrior Prince
"Karam Ki Talwar"
"Kabhi Na Dekhe Hastinapur Mein"
"Yaad Hai Yaa Bhulte" 2017 Pankaj Awasthi Sameer
"Ye Jo, Jo Bhi Mar Gaya"
"Yunhi Rastay Mai" 2018 Shuja Haider 7 Din Mohabbat In
"Hunkara" 2022 Mithoon Shamshera
"Bholasa Mann Tha" 2024 Himself & Vivek Sagar Sheeshmahal
"Hota Hai" 2024 Himself Sheeshmahal
"Bhatki Raaton Ko" 2024 Indian Ocean & Vivek Sagar Sheeshmahal






Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Note
1988 Bharat Ek Khoj British Indian Sepoy-Episode No 42/43 1857 Revolt TV series
1993 Sardar Cameo
1998 Dil Se.. CBI investigator
2002 Samurai Cameo Tamil Film
2003 Butterfly Ghani Short Film
Matrubhoomi: A Nation Without Women Jagannath
Maqbool Kaka
Sala Bandar! Nana Short Film
Ek Din 24 Ghante Police Inspector
2004 Deewaar Qureshi
2005 Super Mama Telugu Film
2007 1971 Major Bilal Malik A Film Based on Indo-Pak war of 1971
Jhoom Barabar Jhoom Huffy Bhai
Rahim Murge Pe Mat Ro Rahim Murga Short Film
2009 Gulaal Prithvi Bana Stardust Award for Standout Performance by a Music Director
The White Elephant Babu
2010 Tere Bin Laden Majeed Bhai
Lafangey Parindey Usmaan Bhai
2011 Bhindi Bazaar Shankar Pandey
That Girl in Yellow Boots Auto Rickshaw Driver
Rockstar Dhingra
2012 Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 1 Nasir Ahmed
Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 2 Nasir Ahmed
Remember a Day Suresh Sinha Short Film
2013 The Playback Singer Ashok Rao
Meridian Lines Prakash Kumar
2014 Revolver Rani Balli
The Shaukeens Harishankar 'Pinky' Goyal
2015 The Exile Manmohan Sharma A Short Film by Sandeep Modi
Father's Day Biju A Short Film by Vinay Jaiswal[19]
Tamasha Storyteller
The Homecoming Short Film by Vinay Jaiswal & The Moody Nation[20]
2016 Kathakaar Short film[21]
Tere Bin Laden : Dead or Alive Khalili
Happy Bhag Jayegi ASP Usman Afridi
Pink Prashant Mehra
2018 Sanju D.N. Tripathi
Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi ASP Usman Afridi
2019 Qatran Husband Short Film by Prem Singh (Large Short Films)
2020 Illegal Janardhan Jaitley Web Series
JL50 Dr B.C Mitra
2021 Matsya Kaand Panditji
Illegal 2 Janardhan Jaitley
2022 Salt City Harish Bajpai
2023 Kanjoos Makhichoos
2024 Main Atal Hoon Krishna Bihari Vajpayee
Indian 2 TBA
JNU: Jahangir National University Announced for April, 5[22]

Theatre Work[edit]

List of Plays
Year Title Actor Director Music Script Lyrics
1979 Dilli Teri Baat Nirali Yes
1980 Are Shareef Log Yes
1981 Men Without Shadows Yes
1982 Abu Hassan Yes
1983 Evam Inderjit Yes
Bahut Bada Sawaal Yes
Mashriq Ki Hoor Yes Yes
Sapna Kaali Ka Yes
A trilogy of Mohan Rakesh (Aadhe Adhoore, Lehron Ke Rajhans, Aashaadh Ka Ek Din) Yes
1984 Hamlet Yes
Urubhangam Yes
1985 Nekrassov Yes
Man Equals Man Yes
1986 A View From The Bridge Yes
Bholaram Ka Jeev Yes
Raja Gopichand Yes
1987 Abhigyaan Shakuntala Yes
Comedy of Terrors Yes
Hum Sab Dataram Yes Yes
1988 Arsenic & the old lace Yes
1989 End Game Yes
1990 Arsenic & the old lace Yes
1991 Court Martial Yes
Holy Yes Yes Yes
Suno Re Qissa (Blood Brothers) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Humare Daur Mein (Musical Collage) Yes
1992 Jab Shehar Humara Sota Hai (West Side Story) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Comedy of terrors Yes
1993 Mahakund Ka Mahadaan (Payment as Pledged) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Life & Times of Galileo Yes Yes Yes
Ye Jo Zindagi Hai Na Yes
1994 Aane Bhi Do Yaaro (Dream of Peter Mann) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Wo Ab Bhi Pukarta Hai Yes Yes
Gagan Damama Bajyo Yes Yes Yes Yes
Once Upon a Time in America Yes
1995 Jheeni Jheeni Mehki Mehki Seeli Seeli (Fiddler on the roof) Yes Yes Yes Yes
1996 Doosri Duniya Yes Yes
Duvidha Yes Yes Yes Yes
Whatever happened to Betty Lemon Yes Yes
1997 An Accidental Death of an Anarchist Yes
Court Martial Yes
1999 Life & Times of Galileo Yes Yes
2000 Ye Jo Zindagi Hai Na Yes Yes Yes
2019 Gagan Damama Bajyo Yes Yes Yes Yes

Screenplay and dialogues[edit]


Zee Cine Awards
Stardust Awards


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  2. ^ Hindi, Dainik Bhaskar (12 January 2020). "Birthday special: तो इस फेमस फिल्म में सलमान खान की जगह होते पीयूष मिश्रा !". दैनिक भास्कर हिंदी (in Hindi). Retrieved 29 July 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d "An Artist's Demons". The Caravan. 1 November 2012. pp. 1–4. Archived from the original on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2013.
  4. ^ "The Piyush Mishra you probably don't know: How he came out alive from 'alcohol phase', suffered a brain stroke".
  5. ^ "'Leftist ideology has hurt me'".
  6. ^ "Piyush Mishra interview: 'Nobody gave me my kind of work, so I created my own work'".
  7. ^ a b "Piyush Mishra~ a class act". MiD DAY. 30 January 2003. Archived from the original on 17 June 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2010.
  8. ^ "Play on Bhagat Singh's dreams". The Tribune. 29 October 2004. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2010.
  9. ^ a b "The script". The Hindu. 14 July 2002. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2010.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  10. ^ Prominent Actor's of Delhi Archived 12 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine. Sites.google.com. Retrieved on 11 July 2012.
  11. ^ Repertory Performances Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine Shriram Centre, New Delhi.
  12. ^ All the world's classics, on a stage Archived 29 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine Indian Express, 18 March 1999.
  13. ^ The play which inspired a film The Hindu, 1 August 2007.
  14. ^ Why films happened to me Archived 25 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine Rediff Movies. March 2004.
  15. ^ Piyush Mishra's performance in Maqbool Archived 21 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine Rediff Movies, 30 January 2004.
  16. ^ a b "Gulaal is very conventional". Screen. 26 February 2009. Archived from the original on 9 June 2010.
  17. ^ Piyush Mishra talks abt his Experinces in Jhoom Barabar Jhoom. filmikhabar.com (8 June 2007).
  18. ^ "O Re Manvaa (My Heart)". IMDb.com. Archived from the original on 10 February 2017. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  19. ^ "Ad Age Homepage - Ad Age". Adageindia.in. Archived from the original on 24 August 2018. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  20. ^ "This Son Had the Sweetest Diwali Gift For His Dad. It's OK to Tear up". Ndtv.com. Archived from the original on 25 August 2018. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  21. ^ "Kathakaar (2016)", IMDb.com, retrieved 18 March 2018
  22. ^ Basu, Devanshi (13 March 2024). "JNU (Jahangir National University) 2024 Movie Poster Sparks Debate". ComingSoon.net - Movie Trailers, TV & Streaming News, and More. Retrieved 14 March 2024.
  23. ^ Awards for Piyush Mishra Archived 1 April 2016 at the Wayback Machine IMDb.

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