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Piyush Mishra wants to direct films, has a story in mind

The actor, who was in Chandigarh to inaugurate a cultural centre named after him, said he will soon start writing the story.

entertainment Updated: Feb 10, 2018 19:29 IST
Arshdeep Arshi
Arshdeep Arshi
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Piyush Mishra was in Chandigarh to inaugurate a cultural centre named after him at the Dikshant Global School.(HT Photo)

Actor, writer, poet, and music director, Piyush Mishra has discovered a new passion - directing movies.

“Just last month I thought that I will direct a film. I have a story in mind already and will soon start writing the story (for the film),” says the actor known for his roles in Maqbool, Gulaal and Gangs of Wasseypur.

He was in Chandigarh to inaugurate a cultural centre named after him at the Dikshant Global School.

A man who has time and again said he is still discovering what he wishes to be, Mishra talked about how he used to be an introvert child and found his voice through theatre. “When I played Hamlet in the second year at the National School of Drama, I found that people were listening to me. This is the kind of environment children need when they are growing up.”

To theatre artistes in Chandigarh who say there is no financial sustainability in their profession, Mishra responds, “It was not there even at our time. Kaam karne ki zidd honi chahiye, aaj kal jaldi ghutne tek dete hain (There has to be a will to work, nowadays people lose heart too soon). I have worked hard, now people are writing roles especially for me.”

For theatre to survive, “artists and directors here will have to create a ticket system. After that it will become a culture. People shell out money for theatre in Bhopal, in Jaipur and at many other places. You will have to start somewhere,” he says.

On Punjabi music, Mishra adds, “Punjab was a place known for music and poetry at one time. Baba Bulle Shah was produced by Punjab. But now the state of poetry in Punjab is saddest of all places.”

“In Bollywood, there is hope now as roles are being written for everyone. Good cinema has come forward and people do not have to struggle as much as we did,” says the actor. “Kaam wo karo jiski shakal ibadat ho (Do what you admire),” he adds.

On the culture centre at Dikshant Global School, he said, “Children study too much, and they get tired. They need relaxation and it is only through art. Not every man becomes an engineer or a doctor. Art gives a child a new path.”

First Published: Feb 10, 2018 19:26 IST