Piyush Mishra

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Piyush Mishra
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Piyush Mishra during Hindi poetry
Priyakant Sharma

(1963-01-13) 13 January 1963 (age 56)
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, actor, lyricist and screenwriter, and 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 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]


While Mishra was at the NSD, 1986, he was considered for a role in the Sooraj Barjatya film Maine Pyar Kiya which would go on to become a blockbuster, "presumably" that of Prem which was later played by Salman Khan. But for some reason, presumably because he didn't want to leave the theatre, he did not make an effort.[2][9]

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][10] It won him the Zee Cine Award for Best Dialogue (2003).[11] 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.[12][13] He wrote his own dialogues for his performance as Hafeez (Huffy) Bhai in Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007), and delivered them in poetry style.[14]

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.[13] 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.

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] Presently 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][15]



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[16]
Tamasha Storyteller
The Homecoming Short Film by Vinay Jaiswal & The Moody Nation[17]
2016 Kathakaar Short film[18]
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


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"

Screenplay and dialogues[edit]





Zee Cine Awards
Stardust Awards
Julien Dubuque International Film Festival
  • 2014: Best Actor: The Playback Singer


  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 f "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. ^ 'Yes, I was restless for success' Indian Express, 29 March 2009.
  10. ^ The play which inspired a film The Hindu, 1 August 2007.
  11. ^ Why films happened to me Rediff Movies. March 2004.
  12. ^ Piyush Mishra's performance in Maqbool Rediff Movies, 30 January 2004.
  13. ^ a b "'Gulaal is very conventional'". Screen. 26 February 2009. Archived from the original on 9 June 2010.
  14. ^ Piyush Mishra talks abt his Experinces in Jhoom Barabar Jhoom. filmikhabar.com (8 June 2007).
  15. ^ "Piyush Mishra: Anger Managment [sic]". Filmfare. 27 September 2012. Retrieved 1 November 2013.
  16. ^ "Ad Age Homepage - Ad Age". Adageindia.in. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  17. ^ "This Son Had the Sweetest Diwali Gift For His Dad. It's OK to Tear up". Ndtv.com. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  18. ^ "Kathakaar (2016)", IMDb.com, retrieved 2018-03-18
  19. ^ "O Re Manvaa (My Heart)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  20. ^ Awards for Piyush Mishra IMDB.

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