Neelesh Misra

Neelesh Misra

Neelesh Misra
Neelesh Misra during a recording of his poems Purane Khat
Born (1973-05-05) 5 May 1973 [1]
Nainital, India
Residence Mumbai, India
Nationality Indian
Alma mater Indian Institute of Mass Communication
Occupation Writer, lyricist(Bollywood), Script-writer (Bollywood), Storyteller, photographer, journalist, entrepreneur

Yamini Misra(Present)

Nidhi Razdan(Divorced)
Awards Ram Nath Goenka Award, K. C. Kulish Memorial Award

Neelesh Misra () (born 1973) is an Indian journalist, author, radio storyteller, Bollywood scriptwriter, lyricist and photographer. He is most known for his radio show, Yaadon Ka Idiotbox with Neelesh Misra on BIG FM 92.7 .[2] He is co-founder-editor of Gaon Connection, India's rural newspaper. He has also founded a content creation company called Content Project Pvt. Ltd.


  • Early life and education 1
  • Career 2
  • Books 3
    • Non-fiction 3.1
    • Fiction 3.2
    • As Editor 3.3
  • Awards 4
  • Personal life 5
  • Filmography 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Early life and education

Born and brought up in Nainital,[3][4] His father belonged to a village, Kunaura 160 km from Lucknow.[5]

Neelesh Misra did his schooling from boarding school, St. Joseph's College, Nainital (1988) and Mahanagar Boys' Inter College, Lucknow (1990). He did his graduation from DSB Government Degree College, Nainital (1993),[6] and later studied at Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Delhi.


As a journalist,he has covered conflict and insurgency over the past two decades in South Asia, travelling deep into the hinterland. His travels have taken him from the rebel heartlands of Kashmir to Naxalite-dominated areas of central and eastern India, to the faraway north-east which is home to some of the world's longest running insurgencies. He has closely studied the Maoist insurgency in Nepal. For his reportage from India's insurgency lands, he received the Ramnath Goenka Award For Excellence in Journalism[7] and the K.C. Kulish Memorial Award in the year 2009. Presently he is the Editorial Director of his rural newspaper Gaon Connection.

He has written five books, including the well received The Absent State (2010), which he co-wrote with Rahul Pandita[8]

Neelesh started his career as a Bollywood lyricist, when while researching for a book in Mumbai, he met director Mahesh Bhatt, which led to his debut song Jaadu Hai Nasha Hai for Jism (2003),[3] this was followed by hit songs like Kya Mujhe Pyaar Hai for Woh Lamhe (2006), and went on write over 30 songs in over 15 films.[9][10] In 2012, he co-wrote the screenplay for Salman Khan starrer, Ek Tha Tiger, along with film's director Kabir Khan.[4]

He was the creative director, singer and songwriter in the India's first writer-led band, Band Called Nine, with singer Shilpa Rao and composer Amartya Rahut, working with traditional Indian craft of Qissa Goi (storytelling).[11][12] The band was launched in 2010, at the launched at the annual Kala Ghoda Arts Festival in Mumbai.[9] In 2011, the band released its debut album, Rewind, consisting of songs and storytelling, put together with narrative recited by Misra.[4][12]

He is also a blogger.,.[13] His blog contains his experiences during his days as senior roving editor, his thoughts on various issues, and the poems he has written. He hosts a radio show, Yadoon Ka Idiotbox on BIG FM 92.7, set in fictitious small town, Yaad Sheher, and which started its second season in 2012.[2][4] In late 2012, he along with Karan Dalal, started a rural newspaper, Goan Connection, based in Kunaura, a village near Lucknow.[5][14]



  • The Absent State (Hachette, 2010), a book on insurgency co-written. ISBN 9350093669.
  • 173 Hours in Captivity: 173 Hours in Captivity: The Hijacking of IC-814, Harper Collins, 2000. ISBN 8172233949.
  • End of the Line: The Story of the Killing of the Royals in Nepal. (Penguin, 2001). ISBN 9780143027850.


  • Once Upon a Timezone. Harper Collins, 2006. ISBN 8172236646.
  • Neelesh Misra ka Yaad Sheher Volumes-I and II. (Westland Books). ISBN 9382618376.

As Editor

  • India Yatra (Harper Collins, 2009, with a foreword by Nandan Nilekani)
  • Inspired India: Ideas to Transform a Nation, Harper Collins, 2010, with a foreword by APJ Abdul Kalam. ISBN 817223782
  • Dream Chasing ,One Man's Remarkable True Life Story, a book by his father, Dr. S.B.Misra.(Roli Books, 2011,with a foreword by Sam Pitroda. ISBN 8174368191.


  • Ram Nath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism (under the category "Covering India Invisible", for a nine-part series on insurgency, titled "India Besieged")[15]
  • K. C. Kulish Memorial Award (jointly with Pakistan's Dawn newspaper, for the series "The New Muslim")
  • K. C. Kulish Memorial Merit Award (for a nine-part series on insurgency, titled "India Besieged")

Personal life

Misra married Nidhi Razdan, a news anchor and editor, in 2005.[16][17] The couple divorced a few years later.

He is currently married to Yamini Misra.[18]



See also


  1. ^ Neelesh Misra: Info
  2. ^ a b "Neelesh Misra: The journalist, lyricist and author on reinventing the art of storytelling". Outlook. 24 September 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Next Big Thing: Meet Neelesh Misra". IBN LIVE. 2 June 2008. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Neelesh Misra: Reviving the traditional storytelling".  
  5. ^ a b "Tapping the rural news space". The Hindu. 10 December 2012. 
  6. ^ Info:Official page
  7. ^ Express, Indian. "Ram Nath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism". Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  8. ^ Sudhir Mishra (17 September 2010). "Book Review: The art of losing a war". Hindustan Times. 
  9. ^ a b "Nine times lucky". Hindustan Times. 20 May 2011. 
  10. ^ "I was offered to script film on Benazir Bhutto: Neelesh Misra". The Hindu. 7 February 2009. 
  11. ^ "Shilpa Rao to sing for webcert online". Hindustan Times. 19 December 2011. 
  12. ^ a b "Band Called Nine releases its debut album".  
  13. ^ India. "User Profile: Writer At Large". Blogger. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  14. ^ Goan Connection website
  15. ^ Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards 2007–08
  16. ^ "Actual romance blooms in small towns: Neelesh Misra". Nov 29, 2005. Retrieved Nov 26, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Nidhi Razdan". Retrieved Nov 26, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Gaon Connection: Going beyond the village". July 2, 2013. Retrieved Nov 26, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Music Review: Shanghai". Hindustan Times. 7 May 2012. 

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