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Piyush Mishra was born and brought up in Gwalior. He admits he wanted an outlet for his intensity and tried his hand at sitar for five years. When that did not work, he enrolled in the Gwalior College of Sculpture. That did not work either.

Only when he joined NSD did he find a vent.

Mishra debuted with Mani Ratnam's Dil Se in 1998, starring Shah Rukh Khan and Manisha Koirala, when he was in Delhi. After the film, he continued doing theatre.

"People kept telling me that I should shift to Mumbai as all the work was there, not in Delhi. But I don't know what made me stay in Delhi. Maybe I was lazy…" he explains.

Mishra would shuttle from Mumbai and Delhi, depending on his work schedules. "I have a lot of friends in the industry. My friends from NSD like Vishal Bharadwaj, Ashish Vidhyarthi, Anurag Kashyap, Manoj Bajpai and Tigmanshu Dhulia would give me theatre work. I would do it and then rush back to Delhi."

In 2001, filmmaker Rajkumar Santoshi asked Mishra to script his film, The Legend Of Bhagat Singh. "I had written a play on Bhagat Singh in 1994 and Rajkumar Santoshi wanted his film to be scripted exactly the same way. I won the Zee Cine Award for Best Dialogue (2003). The film thanked my play also, but very few really know that half the film was taken exactly from my play," Mishra says.

"One of the reasons I came to Mumbai was the money. My son Josh was around three then. My wife was, of course, very supportive. Films had come to me by accident. So I thought I should become responsible and take it up full time," Mishra explains.

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