New Delhi, Sep 18 :
Journalist, scriptwriter and
lyricist Neelesh Misra
dons many hats. And now as a radio jockey, he
hopes to revive the traditional storytelling culture, which he says has
faded into oblivion due to technology.
Misra has returned as a storyteller for the second season of 92.7 Big FM's radio show " Yaadon Ka Idiotbox
storytelling did not stand a chance on its own. I'm fortunate enough
that through this show I've had the platform to recreate a modern form
of storytelling by interspersing stories and music that will revive this
lost art that people are still interested in," Misra told IANS in an
email interview from Mumbai.
He laments the lost charm of storytelling.
has always been a part of the rich cultural tradition in India. The art
of imparting good values and spreading beliefs through the means of
storytelling has existed from time immemorial, in almost all ancient
civilisations of the world.
"India is no exception to this
culture. But it's very unfortunate to know that this culture is fading
with the increasing science and technology. With the passage of time and
development, people have found other forms of entertainment like
television, films and more," he added.
His radio show is based in a fictional town named " Yaad Sheher
and brought up in Nainital, the multi-faceted Misra reveals he
developed multiple aspirations during his growing up years -- the reason
why he dabbles in so many things at a time.
"It was these dreams
that led me to become a singer, copywriter and theatre personality at
the same time. Being a journalist has always been my passion and this
has served as a foothold for my vast experiences at various junctures of
my life," he said.
"Having pursued an unconventional career, my
natural flair for writing and my mantra to do adventurous things enabled
me write stories in various formats, be it orally or through my
lyrics," Misra added.
As a lyricist, Misra has to his credit
songs like "Jaadu hai nasha hai" from " Jism
" , "I love you" from
", "Banjaara" from " Ek Tha Tiger
" and most recently "Kyon"
from " Barfi
He has also co-written the script of this year's blockbuster " Ek Tha Tiger
", along with director Kabir Khan.
was something that came naturally to me, be it in journalism or as a
scriptwriter. Penning my thoughts down and not restricting it has helped
me immensely in my stories. I have made it a point in life not to set
limitations on my thoughts, ideas and opinions and believe it should
flow free," said Misra, who was deputy executive editor of a leading
However, even as he is busy hosting a radio show, Misra has his hands full with four more scripts.
I am commissioned to write four more scripts by Reliance Entertainment,
Viacom 18 and Yash Raj Films. But I cannot disclose any further
details," he said.
"At present, Harper Collins is going to
publish my books in both Hindi and English to cover a larger market who
have interest in stories," he added.© IANS