Actor, singer, author, lyricist — Piyush Mishra dons many hats. Now, he’s set to provide followers a peek into extra aspects of his life by his autobiography. Titled Hamlet Kabhi Bombay Nahi Gaya urf Tumhari Aukaat Kya Hai Piyush Mishra, the e book has been weaved right into a novel, replete with info and fictional tales.
“People have a lot of interest in the lives of those working in the film industry. Strangely, there are a lot of questions people have about me, which will be answered in my book,” he tells us.
Mishra goes on to clarify why he selected this format of writing: “People mostly write only the goody-goody parts [in their autobiographies]. I find it very strange when people come up with superficial things. So, I balanced my autobiography with facts and fiction. It will have slices from my life, and some fiction. What’s the point of just writing about oneself? It will get very boring.”
The 59-year-old, who has written songs and dialogues for a number of movies, together with the recently-released Shamshera, says regardless of altering instances and know-how, he prefers the pen and paper methodology of writing.
“I still write longhand. My entire 250-sheet draft has been handwritten. Until and unless I write, cut and re-write, I don’t enjoy the process, though it takes times,” he provides.
On the work entrance, Mishra has shot for the OTT sequence Anarchy and can subsequent shoot for the third season of Illegal. “I will be touring Europe with my band, Ballimaaraan, and will restart my plays Wo Ab Bhi Pukarta Hai and Gagan Damama Bajyo on Bhagat Singh,” he says.
Mishra provides, “I am doing very less films nowadays. Cinema gives me occupation, so I do that, but it was never my passion. Still, it gives you lot of money! So if you ask me what I am doing now — I am travelling to small places, will go on a Europe tour with my band, am writing an autobiography-novel, restart theatre, do some OTT series, meet people and interact with youngsters.”
He admits as soon as it was his curiosity that introduced him to cinema with Dil Se (1998). “I was doing theatre (since 1979) so there was curiosity about the glamour, girls taking autographs and all that. But, been there and done that! Now, I intend to do things of my choice.”
The dialogue author for movies like Ghajini and Agneepath (2012) feels children have to be proven path. “When I wrote Arambh hai prachanda (Gulaal) I thought it will bounce over the heads of the students but it was loved and today it’s played on campus. For them everything is available on a click of a button so we better give them good content else there are high chances of them losing their path.”