Piyush Mishra

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Piyush Mishra
Piyush Mishra HD Image.jpg
Mishra performing live
Priyakant Sharma

(1963-01-13) 13 January 1963 (age 57)
Alma materNational School of Drama
OccupationActor, screenwriter, lyricist, singer, music director
Years active1986–present

Piyush Mishra (born 13 January 1963) is an Indian film and theatre actor, music director, lyricist, singer and scriptwriter. Mishra grew up in Gwalior, and went to graduate 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).In 2014 Hindi comedy film The Shaukeens Piyush Mishra acted alongside Anpuam Kher, Annu Kapoor and Lisa Hayden in the lead roles, and Akshay Kumar in a supporting role, Piyush did appear on Kapil Nights the Kapil Sharma Show to promote the film with Anpuam Kher & Annu Kapoor, although the film was a remake of the 1982 film Shaukeen directed by Basu Chatterjee, starring Ashok Kumar, Utpal Dutt, A. K. Hangal, Rati Agnihotri, and Mithun Chakraborty. It was well appreciated by audiences and voted by the public as the best comedy film of 2014.

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 in Gwalior to Pratap 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][2]

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 to 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][2]


Theater and television[edit]

After his graduation from NSD in 1986, 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 freedom fighter Bhagat Singh, which was first performed in 1994,[3][4] and upon publishing, sold its first edition in just seven days.[5] 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).[6]

By then, he had established himself as a theatre director and directed Comedy of Terror play for Shriram Centre Repertory Company,[7] and also presented his solo act play at the National School of Drama's Annual Theatre Festival, Bharat Rang Mahotsav in 1999.[8] 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.[2]


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.[5][9] It won him the Zee Cine Award for Best Dialogue (2003).[10] Meanwhile, he moved to Mumbai in November 2002,[3] 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.

Piyush Mishra in IIT Guwahati with students

Mishra won accolades for his performance as Kaka in Vishal Bhardwaj's 2003 film Maqbool, an adaptation of William Shakespeare's Macbeth.[11][12] He wrote his own dialogues for his performance as Hafeez (Huffy) Bhai in Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007), and delivered them in poetry style.[13]

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.[12] 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.

Ballimaaraan - The Piyush Mishra's Musical Project[edit]

Ballimaaraan performing live in Gurugram, 2019

In its pure essence, Ballimaaraan is Piyush Mishra’s homage to Mirza Ghalib in musical form. They perform Piyush’s songs from his theatre days and are known to do a superb rendition of ‘Aarambh Hai Pranchand’, ‘Husna’, ‘Ghar’, and ‘Ik Bagal Mein Chand’. Ballimaaraan have been performing all over India in numerous literature festivals and college concerts for the last 4 years. Their USPs are thought-provoking lyrics, catchy percussions and soul-stirring themes.

Ballimaaraan is the name of Mirza Ghalib's street in Delhi. Piyush Mishra is a big fan of his work and has spent a lot of time in Delhi and that's why he wanted to name the band Ballimaaraan. Initially they had even thought of 'Inquilab' but then decided to go for Ballimaaraan.

He used to perform these songs during his theatre days in Delhi. The songs started becoming pretty famous and it struck a chord with the youngsters. It all started because of a fanboy in Chandigarh Nishant Agarwal, who Piyush had met about 6 years ago in a literature festival singing Piyush Mishra's compositions for him. That's where the entire idea of forming a band came up and Piyush asked Nishant, the guitar player to move to Mumbai about 4 years ago to begin the journey of 'Ballimaaraan'. That's when found 'Jayant Patnaik' who handles the responsibility to the rhythm section of the band playing Tabla, Cajon, Dholak, Pakhawaj, etc and Lubhanu Priy who plays the keyboard/piano for the band. The backbone of the band remains the manager & 'SFX Singer' Mr. Rahul Gandhi.

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.[2] He lives in Goregaon East, Mumbai with his wife, who is an architect and two sons Josh who is studying at Institute of Hotel Management, Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition, Mumbai and Jai.[2][14]



Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Note
1988 Bharat Ek Khoj 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 Baazaar 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 Pinky
2015 The Exile Manmohan Sharma A Short Film by Sandeep Modi
Father's Day Biju A Short Film by Vinay Jaiswal[15]
Tamasha Storyteller
The Homecoming Short Film by Vinay Jaiswal & The Moody Nation[16]
2016 Kathakaar Short film[17]
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)


Year Film Song(s)
2000 Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar!! "Paagal"
2007 Black Friday All
Aaja Nachle "Aaja Nachle"
"Laila Majnu" (a musical part of the film Conceived and written by him)
2008 Tashan "Dil Haara"
"Tashan Main" (with Vishal Dadlani)
2009 Gulaal All
Chal Chalein
2010 Lahore "O Re Bande"
2012 Gangs of Wasseypur "Keh ke Lunga"
"Ik Bagal"
Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 2 "Aabroo"
"Ik Bagal"
Jalpari: The Desert Mermaid "Bargat Ke Pedo"
Arjun The Warrior Prince All
2017 Sameer "Yaad Hai Yaa Bhulte"
"Ye Jo, Jo Bhi Mar Gaya"

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 terros 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]

  • The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002) – Dialogues
  • Yahaan (2005) – Screenplay and dialogues
  • 1971 (2007) – Screenplay
  • Ghajini (2008) – Dialogues
  • Lahore (2010) – Screenplay
  • Chittagong (2011) – Dialogues
  • Agneepath (2012) – Dialogues
  • Shamshera - Dialogue (Post Production)
  • Mandi House - Screenplay and dialogues (Post Production)
  • Yo Jawaan Yo Kisaan - Dialogues (Post Production)





Zee Cine Awards
Stardust Awards


  1. ^ a b c "I am not talented, I am God gifted: Piyush Mishra – Hindustan Times". 31 October 2013. Archived from the original on 9 November 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e "An Artist's Demons". The Caravan. 1 November 2012. pp. 1–4. Retrieved 1 November 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Piyush Mishra~ a class act". MiD DAY. 30 January 2003.
  4. ^ "Play on Bhagat Singh's dreams". The Tribune. 29 October 2004.
  5. ^ a b "The script". The Hindu. 14 July 2002.
  6. ^ Prominent Actor's of Delhi. Sites.google.com. Retrieved on 11 July 2012.
  7. ^ Repertory Performances Shriram Centre, New Delhi.
  8. ^ All the world's classics, on a stage Indian Express, 18 March 1999.
  9. ^ The play which inspired a film The Hindu, 1 August 2007.
  10. ^ Why films happened to me Rediff Movies. March 2004.
  11. ^ Piyush Mishra's performance in Maqbool Rediff Movies, 30 January 2004.
  12. ^ a b "'Gulaal is very conventional'". Screen. 26 February 2009. Archived from the original on 9 June 2010.
  13. ^ Piyush Mishra talks abt his Experinces in Jhoom Barabar Jhoom. filmikhabar.com (8 June 2007).
  14. ^ "Piyush Mishra: Anger Managment [sic]". Filmfare. 27 September 2012. Retrieved 1 November 2013.
  15. ^ "Ad Age Homepage - Ad Age". Adageindia.in. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  16. ^ "This Son Had the Sweetest Diwali Gift For His Dad. It's OK to Tear up". Ndtv.com. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  17. ^ "Kathakaar (2016)", IMDb.com, retrieved 18 March 2018
  18. ^ "O Re Manvaa (My Heart)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  19. ^ Awards for Piyush Mishra IMDb.

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