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Piyush Mishra enthralls audience at Delhi Poetry Festival

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By Harshmeet Singh

The Siri Fort Auditorium in the capital is currently playing a host to the third edition of ‘Delhi Poetry Festival’. The second day of the festival saw a majestic performance from the noted Bollywood singer, music director, lyricist and actor, Piyush Mishra. Another star attraction of the day was Muzaffar Ali, the noted filmmaker who was the man behind movies like ‘Umrao Jaan’, ‘Gaman’ and ‘Aagaman’.

As expected, the venue was completely filled with poetry lovers from all the age groups and all the sections of the society. Though the event got off to a late start (5.20pm instead of 4pm), not a single attendee felt the need to leave the auditorium. Such enthusiasm is a rare site in a poetry festival.

The program kicked off with an open interaction with Muzaffar Ali which was moderated by Nilofar Currimbhoy, the daughter of well-known entrepreneur, Shahnaz Husain.

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A variety of questions were posed at Ali, including why do the female protagonists in his movies always play a poetess and how does he manage to don so many hats, including that of a director, poet and painter. He summed up all his answers with this one-liner, “Poets make a country, and the politicians destroy it”.

Though the crowd appreciated all the responses given by Ali, it was evident that they were saving their best cheers for Piyush Mishra.

Donning a beret cap, a sweatshirt with a hoodie and cargo pants, Mishra was at his wittiest from the moment he stepped onto the stage. Not allowing the anchor to introduce him, Mishra said, “Aare rehne do yaar, kaafi late ho gaya hai, mic lao” (Let it be, it is already late, give me the mic). For the next ninety minutes, the auditorium was filled with claps and cheers.

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Taking requests from the audience, Mishra also sang his famous numbers ‘Husna’, ‘Sheher’ and ‘Bhau’. He also introduced his new poetry book which would hit the markets soon. To lure the audience into the book, he recited a few poems included in the Book, each of which was given a thundering applause by the audience.

Mishra also recited a few verses based on the ‘strugglers’ in Mumbai, who try and learn everything but acting! While reciting a poem dedicated to the young 5-6 year old girls who are being raped in different parts of the country, he asked the audience to refrain from clapping.

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Understanding the somber mood in the audience after the hard hitting poem, he quickly resorted to one of his funny pieces based on ‘one night stands’ which got the audience back into the jolly mood.

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Considering that the entire three-day event revolves around Hindi and Urdu poetry, the completely filled venues are a welcome sign and are contradictory to the notion that only movies and rock star concerts draw an audience in today’s time.

With so much debate going on regarding our eroding culture and heritage and the youth’s tilt towards western culture, events such as these highlight the fact that if well organized and marketed, such events have the potential to bring back the youth’s lost interest in our indigenous culture.

It would be hard to imagine people applauding on each and every line in a Rock concert, the way they were opening their hearts out of Piyush Mishra’s words.

The three-day Delhi poetry festival will conclude today after an open mic shayari competition to be judged by Piyush Mishra and an open interaction with Prasoon Joshi. The entry to the event is free of cost.

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Piyush Mishra: The Man Who Is Also Known As India’s, Bob Dylan

Piyush Mishra is undoubtedly the kind of talent which only comes along once in a while

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Piyush Mishra is an Indian film and theatre actor, music director, lyricist, singer, scriptwriter. Wikimedia Commons
Piyush Mishra is an Indian film and theatre actor, music director, lyricist, singer, scriptwriter. Wikimedia Commons
  • Piyush Mishra is a born star and his achievements are incalculable
  • Piyush Mishra shifted to Mumbai in 2002
  • Self-destructive in nature, Piyush Mishra admits that his anger drives his creativity

The Bollywood industry has plentiful stars but not like Piyush Mishra. He was born 13 January 1963 and is an Indian film and theatre actor, music director, lyricist, singer, scriptwriter. Piyush Mishra is a born star and his achievements are incalculable. 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’s songs gave industry back to back hits like “Aarambh Hai Prachand” (Gulaal, 2009), “Ik Bagal” (Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2, 2012), and “Husna” (MTV Coke Studio, 2012).

Piyush Mishra’s Life

He was born in Gwalior to Pratap Kumar Sharma. 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.

“Zinda ho haan tum koi shak nahin, saans lete hue dekha maine bhi hain,

Haath aur pairon aur jism ko harqatey khoob dete huey dekha maine bhi hain,

Ab bhale hi yeh kartey huey honth tum dard sehtey huey sakht see lete ho,

Ab hain bhi kya kum tumhaarey liye, khoob apni samajh mein toh jee lete ho”

He shifted to Mumbai in 2002, actor, lyricist and screenwriter, and receiving acclaim for his acting in Maqbool (2003) and Gangs of Wasseypur (2012). Around this time, he began to be drawn to the theatre – it was at places like Kala Mandair and Rangshri Little Ballet Troupe in Gwalior that his talent for the medium was first identified. Piyush acted as Maniac in operation three stars (an adaptation of Dario Fo’s play Accidental Death of an Anarchist).

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A lost and vile drunkard from the past has today become an almost ideal family man. Climbing from a dark weak background, he emerged as an example of self-transformation. He’s gone on air and has often reiterated in the media as being “ganda” and “neech.”  Now, let the dead past bury its dead; he’s done everything to swap this image. In 2010 he attended a course of Vipassana in Igatpuri.

Piyush Mishra received acclaim for his acting in Maqbool (2003) and Gangs of Wasseypur (2012). Wikimedia Commons
Piyush Mishra received acclaim for his acting in Maqbool (2003) and Gangs of Wasseypur (2012). Wikimedia Commons

Here are 20 Piyush Mishra facts that will amaze you about the journey of one of the most talented actors of Bollywood:

  1. When it comes to actor’s past journey, Piyush Mishra is a born rebel, 51 odd years of Piyush Mishra’s life are defined by a mix of disturbed childhood, wasted adulthood and an undeniable genius for arts and creativity.
  2. He grew up in Gwalior and was adopted by his father’s eldest sister at an early age
  3. Growing up in an authoritarian household incited in his rebellion and creativity both. Piyush Mishra attended Carmel Convent School, Gwalior, which according to him was the ‘wrong school.’
  4. Self-destructive in nature, Piyush Mishra admits that his anger drives his creativity.
  5. Priyakansha Sharma was his real name, which he changed to Piyush Mishra, by filing an affidavit when he was in class 10.
  6. Piyush Mishra moved to Mumbai as recently as 2003, before which he spent 20 years as an unruly and alcoholic theatre artist in Delhi. This was the most poetic and destructive phase of his life, marked by 24 hours work, alcohol and women.
  7. Piyush Mishra graduated from NSD (National School of Drama in 1986) and started a theatre group “Act One” with contemporaries like director NK Sharma, Manoj  Bajpai, Gajraj Rao and Ashish Vidyarthi.
  8. After becoming graduated from National School of Drama in 1986, he was considered to play the lead role in the famous blockbuster “Maine Pyar Kiya”. Piyush never made an effort and Sooraj Barjatya signed Salman Khan.
  9. Piyush Mishra did his film debut with Mani Ratnam’s Dil Se in 1998. He played the role of a C.B.I investigating Officer.
  10. Piyush Mishra television debut came with Tele-series, Rajdhani in 1989. He also worked in Shyam Benegal’s “Bharat Ek Khoj” and appeared in a horror TV serial, “Kile Ka Rahasya”.
  11. Piyush Mishra wrote lyrics of the famous musical score “Arre Ruk Ja Re Bande” and it gave him fame as a lyricist and singer. The song from the movie “Black Friday” is perhaps the most popular Indian Ocean song till date.
  12. He also gave stinging music for Anurag Kashyap’s “Gulaal,” And, he’s never had any formal training in music. He composed the music in 8 days and won the Stardust Award for “Standout Performance by Music Director: Gulaal”.
  13. Piyush Mishra songs from the movie Gulaal such as “Ye Shahar Humara Sota Hai” and “Yara Maula” are improvisations of songs Piyush Mishra did during theatre days.
  14. Piyush Mishra wrote dialogues for “The Legend of Bhagat Singh,”; it won him the award for the best Dialogue at the Zee Cine Awards
  15. Anurag Kashyap, Tigmanshu Dhulia, and Sai Kabir are the filmmakers Piyush shares a close bond with Anurag Kashyap, he says is a “Bad Habit.”
  16. If you remember Rockstar you can’t forget Dhingra, the music company owner who reiterates “image in everything… everything is image”
  17. All his dialogues in “Jhoom Barabar Jhoom” were self-written. The most famous of which is “Saj Gaye Lute hue sajinda jaise behte hai… aur yaar gaye magar hum besharam zinda jaise behte hain.”
  18. Piyush Mishra sang one of the most memorable Coke Studio India songs, Husna.
  19. Some of the Piyush Mishra movies are Gulaal, Gangs of Wasseypur, The Shaukeens, Pink, Dil Se and many more.
  20. He is well 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).
    Piyush Mishra shifted to Mumbai in 2002. Wikimedia Commons
    Piyush Mishra shifted to Mumbai in 2002. Wikimedia Commons

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    Piyush Mishra is undoubtedly the kind of talent which only comes along once in a while. It’s not an overstatement, hence, when one says that Piyush Mishra is India’s, Bob Dylan. While most of us swoon over his songs and poetry, not all of us know about the roller coaster of a life he’s had. Receiving popularity at a later stage in his life, there are several aspects of his life that his fans don’t know.