Nitesh Tiwari

Nitesh Tiwari is an Indian film director, screenwriter, and lyricist known for his works in Bollywood.[1][2] He made his directorial debut by co-directing Chillar Party (2011) which won the National Film Award for Best Children's Film for that year.[1] He then directed the supernatural political drama Bhoothnath Returns (2014).[3][4]

Nitesh Tiwari
The Director Nitesh Tiwari of the film DANGAL at the Master Class, during the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2017), in Panaji, Goa on November 23, 2017.jpg
Alma materIndian Institute of Technology Bombay
OccupationFilm director
Years active2011–present
Spouse(s)Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari

In 2016, Tiwari scripted and directed Dangal which was screened at the Beijing International Film Festival in April 2017 and second BRICS festival in June 2017.[5] The film is the highest-grossing Indian film and the fifth highest grossing non-English film, having collected over 2,000 crore (US$280 million) of which more than 1,200 crore was earned in China,[6][7] where it has emerged as one of the top 20 highest-grossers of all time.[8] Tiwari has garnered the Filmfare Best Director Award at the 62nd Filmfare Awards, and the Telstra People's Choice Award at the 2017 Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.[9][10] His next, Chhichhore (2019), a comedy, earned him numerous nominations and acclaim as well.[11]

Early lifeEdit

Tiwari was born in Madhya Pradesh to B. D. Tiwari.[citation needed] He has a brother and a sister. He graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in 1996 with a Bachelor's degree in Metallurgy and Material Science engineering.[12] Tiwari worked as a creative director at Leo Burnett before he entered Bollywood.[13] Tiwari’s early childhood was spent in a small town in MP called Ganj Basoda. He studied in Bharat Mata Convent School until class 8th. He also did a small play in his school cultural event titled “Tapori-Mughal-e-Azam”

Personal lifeEdit

He lives with his wife Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, who was his colleague and creative director at Leo Burnett. She turned a film director.[14][15]


Year Film Director Dialogue Screenplay Story Notes
2011 Chillar Party Yes Yes Yes Yes National Film Award for Best Children's Film
2014 Bhoothnath Returns Yes Yes Yes Yes
2014 Kill Dil No Yes Yes Yes
2016 Nil Battey Sannata No Yes Yes Yes
2016 Dangal Yes Yes Yes Yes Telstra People's Choice Award
Filmfare Award for Best Director
2017 Bareilly Ki Barfi No Yes Yes Yes
2019 Chhichhore Yes Yes Yes Yes Nomination–Filmfare Award for Best Director
Nomination–Filmfare Award for Best Story
Nomination–Filmfare Award for Best Dialogue


  1. ^ a b "59th National Film Awards for the Year 2011 Announced". Press Information Bureau (PIB), India. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
  2. ^ "Vidya Balan wins National Award for 'The Dirty Picture'". The Times Of India.
  3. ^ Hungama, Bollywood. "Featured Movie News - Featured Bollywood News - Bollywood Hungama". Bollywood Hungama.
  4. ^ "Bhoothnath Returns Fails To Make An Impact". Box Office India Trade Network. Box Office India. 18 April 2014. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  5. ^ Aneja, Atul (25 June 2017). "China's 'Dangal' mega-success echoes at second BRICS film festival". The Hindu – via
  6. ^ "Aamir Khan's Rs 3,000 crore dream". Deccan Chronicle. 24 June 2017. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Dangal Update - Worldwide And All Formats - Box Office India".
  8. ^ 内地总票房排名 [Mainland total box office ranking] (in Chinese). Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  9. ^ Goswami, Parismita (12 August 2017). "IFFM 2017: Aishwarya Rai looks gorgeous; Sushant Singh wins Best Actor award [PHOTOS]". International Business Times, India Edition.
  10. ^ "My next a departure from children's films: Nitesh Tiwari". IANS - Yahoo. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 22 April 2014.
  11. ^ "Winners of the 62nd Filmfare Awards 2017 -".
  12. ^ "Mr. Nitesh Tiwari". Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  13. ^ "Dangal director Nitesh Tiwari's next film with Sajid Nadiadwala". 20 February 2017.
  14. ^ ""This Is The First Time In My Career That Aamir Khan Has Said Yes To A Film After The First Narration" – Nitesh Tiwari". Man's World. 22 December 2016. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  15. ^ "Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari: Director With A Purpose". Forbes India. Retrieved 23 November 2020.

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