Raja Mishra was a film director, actor, screenwriter, cinematographer, and music director from Odisha, born in 1948. He received a gold award for cinematography from the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune. Pratima Manjari Mishra was his wife. Although both of his parents, Sumati Devi and Bimal Kishore Mishra, were musicians, they advised their son not to pursue music as a career since it paid so little. He spent some time working for a firm after receiving his degree before enrolling at the Pune campus of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) to study cinematography.

He made his debut Odia film, Jor Jar Mulak Tar, in 1986 and went on to direct a total of 12 Odia films. He also directed seven films in Assamese. Mishra made his Orissa cinema debut as an actor in 1981 with Ulka. Later, he accomplished the cinematography, script writing, editing, and music composition for various Odia films. Raju Mishra directed films such as "Chaka Akhi Sabu Dekhuchi," "Asuchi Mo Kalia Suna," "Pua Mora Kala Thakura," "Hari Bhai Harena," and "Jibana Mrutyu." Mishra died of a heart attack on November 2, 2020.