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I am not talented, I am God gifted: Piyush Mishra

Piyush Mishra, a man who wears many hats — actor, director, musician — talks about his varied passions and today’s youth

bollywood Updated: Oct 31, 2013 17:32 IST
Samarth Goyal

He is not just an actor, Piyush Mishra is also a lyricist, a singer and a music director. Possessing such a wide array of talent, the 50-year-old says that he was made by God like that. “It’s like whatever I do I am able to do it well. I am not talented, I feel gifted. There is a sense of achievment and I feel all this has been bestowed upon me,” he said. Piyush was at the recently- concluded festival, Samanvay— Indian Languages Festival held at India Habitat Centre, where he gave a musical performance.

Piyush then explained the reason behind the lyrics to his songs which are loaded with political innuendos. “Honestly, it’s all about something that has been brewing up for a long time. The song Arre Ruk Ja Re Bandeh (Black Friday) was a question — when will all this end? Can people realise it’s high time all these social atrocities have to end? The song Aaramb Hai Prachand (Gulaal) is another volcanic song talking about a revolution,” he said. He also revealed that he is proud of the current Indian youth and feels that until and unless they are given something meaningful to do, they will not progress. “My music for the film was highly appreciated by the youth. I was pleasently surprised by the response but then I feel that the youth is very responsible. They will watch a film like Grand Masti only once, but they will remember the lyrics of my songs forever. They will respond to everything that’s presented in front of them,” he concluded.

Piyush spent his early life in Gwalior, where he received his education. He grew up as Priyakant Sharma. Sometime after class 10, Priyakant Sharma filed an affidavit in the district court to change his name to Piyush Mishra. After his graduation from NSD in 1986, He started his career as a theatre actor in Delhi, and worked with stage actors like Manoj Bajpai, Gajraj Rao and Ashish Vidyarthi.