Neelesh Misra is an Indian director, author, writer, photographer, radio presenter and journalist. Neelesh was born on 5th May 1973 in Nainital, Uttarakhand. He presently lives in Mumbai, Maharashtra. He studied till 10th in St. Joseph’s College, Nainital; completed his junior college years at Mahanagar Boys’ Inter College in Lucknow in 1990 and in 1993 he graduated from DSB Government Degree College in Nainital. Later he moved to Delhi to study at Indian Institute of Mass Communication.
Neelesh got married to
in 2005; she is a news anchor and editor. They divorced after few years. He then married to Yamini Misra. He has a daughter named Vaidehi. Neelesh started his career in journalism. Being a journalist he covered the insurgency and conflict in all over the South Asia; he is doing this since 20 years. He has studied the areas which are dominated by Naxalite in India as well as has covered the Maoist insurgency taking place in Nepal.
2009, was the year in which he was honored with Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism and also the K.C. Kulish Memorial Award, for his work. Neelesh has written books like ‘The Absent State’, ‘173 Hours in Captivity’, ‘Once Upon a Timezone’ and ‘End of the Line’. Neelesh’s journey in Bollywood started after he met the filmmaker
in Mumbai while researching for his book. He wrote his first song, titled, ‘Jaadu Hai Nasha Hai’ for the film ‘Jism’ (2003); which became a hit song.
From then he has written the lyrics for more than 20 films. In the year 2012, he wrote the screenplay for the film ‘
Ek Tha Tiger
’ with the director
. ‘Band Called Nine’, the first ever writer-led band of India where Neelesh was creative director, singer and lyricist along with the singer
. The band launched at Kala Ghoda Arts Festival held in 2010 in Mumbai. ‘
’ the first album of the band released in 2011. Neelesh is a radio presenter too. His show, named, ‘Yadoon ka Idiotbox’ is famous on the radio channel BIG FM 92.7. He started the rural newspaper, ‘Gaon Connection’, in the village Kunaura near Lucknow with Karan Dalal.