Was interested in extracurricular activities during his school days; his first sculpture was a large fist emerging from a stone, which he created in eighth standard. Filed an affidavit in the district court to change his name to Piyush Mishra in junior college. Started working with theatre at Kala Mandir and Rangshri Little Ballet Troupe in Gwalior. First played a significant role of Hakloo, a character who stammered, in a Kala Mandir production called Dilli Teri Baat Niraali. Slashed his wrists with a blade in protest to being pressurised to study and quit theatre by his family, during second year of college. Was the foremost contender for the lead role in Sooraj Barjatya's directorial debut Maine Pyar Kiya (1989), but he decided not to go to Mumbai. Received the Best Actor Award at the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival for his role in the The Playback Singer (2013).