It’s difficult to describe Piyush Mishra’s talent. Be it acting, writing, singing, script writing or composing music, he has done it all. Take for instance, his critically-acclaimed films like Maqbool, Gulaal and Gangs of Wasseypur, and screenplays and lyrics for Black Friday, The Legend of Bhagat Singh and the Hrithik Roshan-starrer Agneepath. Recently, the 51-year-old, Gwalior native, wrote the lyrics for Traffic, a new show produced by MTV. Mishra calls himself intense and, in a conversation with us, says he likes the pace at which Bollywood is going. More from him:
Writing lyrics for a song is not rocket science. There is no romanticism. You are given a topic and you write about it. MTV approached me with Traffic, a show about human trafficking. This is a topic I feel strongly about and so I decided to write the lyrics for the title song.
I don’t have the time to act in plays. The kind of plays I take up generally deal with sensitive issues and I do not wish to do a clumsy job. Instead, I take workshops for thetare groups and give talks on thetare. Since I’ve written three books, I want to write a few more and keep in touch with the writer in me.
Bollywood is doing good. After 2004, the industry suddenly saw so many new directors and actors. In fact, the scripts have become unusual and everybody wants to outdo the other and be different. Even a simple scene, like giving a girl a flower, is done perfectly.
For me, last year was good with Gangs of Wasseypur. I have never done such a role before. However, playing a politician is boring. So many actors have done it before me, so there is nothing new. But comedies are interesting, and I really like Tere Bin Ladan, which presented comedy differently.
I am working on a couple of movies. One is an independent Hollywood film with Vasundhara Das, the singer. Then there is Revolver Rani with Kangana Ranaut.