Pravin Mishra (born 1975) is an Indian award-winning filmmaker, painter, and newspaper columnist based in the city of Ahmedabad in western India.
His animated short film "Dharamveer" won the national critics award at the Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) in 2004.
He was born as the youngest of six siblings in Murshidabad, West Bengal in India. He painted number-plates of vehicles and billboards during his school days.
He obtained a bachelor's degree from the Government College of Art & Craft at the University of Calcutta and later received a post-graduate degree in Animation Film Design from the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India.
His first film was an animated short called Dharamveer, which raises the issue of communal violence in the backdrop of Gujarat 2002. This film was his diploma project at NID. His next film Azadnagar & Gulamnagar, about bonded laborers in India, won the best short film at the Ahmedabad International Film Festival.
He also directed the music video for Indian ghazal singer Jagjit Singh called “Ye Kaisi Aazadi Hai” about the right to social security in India.
His latest film The Killing Fields of Gujarat is about the politics of fake police encounters in the state of Gujarat.
In conjunction with classical singer Nirali Udeshi-Shah, he painted for a live audience as Udeshi-Shah performed classical Indian music in Ahmedabad.
His works were also displayed at the Hutheesing Visual Art Centre in Ahmedabad.
In 2010, IBN profiled him in its series on vision for India 2020.
Along with a group of his students created a mural on a wall in Ahmedabad depicting the city’s diversity.
He conducts art workshops in design schools across India.
Pravin is an Associate Professor and Director of the Crafting Creative Communication (CCC) program at MICA, Ahmedabad.
In 2007, he ran unsuccessfully on behalf of the New Socialist Movement party for the position of Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) in Gujarat from Maninagar against the incumbent Narendra Modi.
In June 2010, he began writing a weekly column for the Ahmedabad Mirror. He has also written for the Times of India.