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Amit Mistry

  • Born: 12 January, 1974 (Mumbai)
  • Died: 23 April, 2021 (Mumbai)
  • Primary Cinema: Hindi

Actor Amit Mistry is known for films such as Bhoot Police (2021), What's Your Raashee? (2009), Ek Chalis Ki Last Local (2007), and Shor In The City (2010). Seen in supporting roles in films, he was also a known name in theatre—especially the Gujarati stage—as well as television. Among the TV serials he featured in are Tenali Rama, and Saat Phero Ki Hera Pherie, as well as the Amazon Prime webseries Bandish Bandits. He is also credited with writing the dialogue of What’s Your Raashee (2009) and directing the short film Two Cubes Pls

Born on 12 January, 1974, he started his career as a theatre artiste, acting onstage in many Hindi and Gujarati theatrical productions. He appeared in the TV series Woh in 1998. Two years later, he made his film debut with Kya Kehna (2000). This Kundan Shah directorial was penned by Honey Irani, and revolved around the hardships a young college girl faces after she becomes a mother out of wedlock. It starred Preity Zinta, Saif Ali Khan and Chandrachur Singh in the lead roles.

He went on to appear in films such as Namaste: Say Hello To…Love (2002), Ek Chalis Ki Last Local (2007), Bad Luck Govind (2009), 99 (2009), and Shor In The City (2010). Directed by Krishna DK and Raj Nidimoru, the latter featured Tusshar Kapoor, Sendhil Ramamurthy, and Nikhil Dwivedi. It was followed by acting parts in Crazy Mad Lover (2011), Gali Gali Chor Hai (2012), Hum Hai Raahi CAR Ke (2013), Singh Saab The Great (2013), Bey Yaar (2014), Chor Bani Thangaat Kare (2017), and Brother, Superhit! (2018). 

Often working with the filmmaker duo Krishna DK and Raj Nidimoru, he left his mark in a variety of roles, often playing quirky characters. If he was Lucky Singh Laapata in Brother, Superhit!, he played Robin aka Rajkumar in Chor Bani Thangaat Kare. He played a character named Patrick in Ek Chalis Ki Last Local, a comic thriller about two people who miss the last local train at 1:40 am and how the missing of their train changes their course of life forever. The film starred Abhay Deol and Neha Dhupia

In Bhoot Police, he played a character named GM Hari Kumar. The film, starring Saif Ali Khan and Arjun Kapoor, revolved around two brothers whose job it is to hunt and eradicate ghosts for money, and who are assigned a project in a remote village. He also featured in the Anil Sharma directorial Singh Saab The Great, starring Sunny Deol, as a tax collector willing to reform society with the thought of change instead of revenge, who tries to control himself while attempting to teach a lesson to the man responsible behind his wife's death. 

In the Krishna DK-Raj Nidimoru directorial A Gentleman (2017), he played a character named Jignesh Patel. The film, starring Sidharth Malhotra, told the story of Gaurav, a simple hard working guy with a white collar job, who visits Mumbai for a meeting where his doppelganger is about to bring chaos in his life. Shor In The City, which depicted the various challenges faced by residents and career-criminals in crime-laden Mumbai, saw him essay a character named Tipu. 

He is credited with penning the dialogue for the Ashutosh Gowariker-directorial What’s Your Raashee, starring Harman Baweja and Priyanka Chopra. The film revolved around a young man who has only ten days to locate his soulmate as dictated by the stars, and could otherwise lose a fortune. He thus embarks on a journey through love, looking through twelve girls to find the one who fits his horoscope.

The short film Two Cubes Pls which he directed, had a cast comprising Anand Tiwari, Manasi Parekh, and Debtosh Darjee. It told the story of Prashant and Priya who are in love and are on a vacation in Alibaug… but someone is watching.

In the realm of television he is known for his work in the serials Woh, Ssshhhh…Koi Hai, Shubh Mangal Savadhan, Savdhaan India: Crime Alert, CID, Saat Phero Ki Hera Pherie, and Tenali Rama in which he played the character of Birbal. 

The webseries Bandish Bandits saw him play the character of Devendra Rathod. It depicted the tale of Indian classical singer Radhe and pop star Tamanna, who, despite their contrasting personalities, set out together on a journey of self-discovery to see if opposites, though they might attract, can also adapt and go the long haul.

Amit Mistry passed away following cardiac arrest on 23 April 2021, in Andheri, Mumbai. He was 47.


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