Mishra performing live
13 January 1963
|Alma mater||National School of Drama|
|Occupation||Actor, screenwriter, lyricist, singer, music director|
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).
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).
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.
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.
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, and upon publishing, sold its first edition in just seven days. 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).
By then, he had established himself as a theatre director and directed Comedy of Terror play for Shriram Centre Repertory Company, and also presented his solo act play at the National School of Drama's Annual Theatre Festival, Bharat Rang Mahotsav in 1999. 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.
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.
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. It won him the Zee Cine Award for Best Dialogue (2003). Meanwhile, he moved to Mumbai in November 2002, 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. He wrote his own dialogues for his performance as Hafeez (Huffy) Bhai in Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007), and delivered them in poetry style.
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. 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.
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.
He married Priya Narayanan in 1995, whom he met in 1992 while directing a play at the School of Planning and Architecture. 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.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|1988||Bharat Ek Khoj||TV Series|
|1998||Dil Se..||CBI investigator|
|Matrubhoomi: A Nation Without Women||Jagannath|
|Sala Bandar!||Nana||Short Film|
|Ek Din 24 Ghante||Police Inspector|
|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|
|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|
|2015||The Exile||Manmohan Sharma||A Short Film by Sandeep Modi|
|Father's Day||Biju||A Short Film by Vinay Jaiswal|
|The Homecoming||Short Film by Vinay Jaiswal & The Moody Nation|
|Tere Bin Laden : Dead or Alive||Khalili|
|Happy Bhag Jayegi||ASP Usman Afridi|
|Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi||ASP Usman Afridi|
|2019||Qatran||Husband||Short Film by Prem Singh (Large Short Films)|
|2000||Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar!!||"Paagal"|
|Aaja Nachle||"Aaja Nachle"|
"Laila Majnu" (a musical part of the film Conceived and written by him)
"Tashan Main" (with Vishal Dadlani)
|2010||Lahore||"O Re Bande"|
|2012||Gangs of Wasseypur||"Keh ke Lunga"|
|Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 2||"Aabroo" |
|Jalpari: The Desert Mermaid||"Bargat Ke Pedo"|
|Arjun The Warrior Prince||All|
|2017||Sameer||"Yaad Hai Yaa Bhulte" |
"Ye Jo, Jo Bhi Mar Gaya"
|1979||Dilli Teri Baat Nirali||Yes|
|1980||Are Shareef Log||Yes|
|1981||Men Without Shadows||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|
|Man Equals Man||Yes|
|1986||A View From The Bridge||Yes|
|Bholaram Ka Jeev||Yes|
|Comedy of Terrors||Yes|
|Hum Sab Dataram||Yes||Yes|
|1988||Arsenic & the old lace||Yes|
|1990||Arsenic & the old lace||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|
|Whatever happened to Betty Lemon||Yes||Yes|
|1997||An Accidental Death of an Anarchist||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|