Nitesh Tiwari is an Indian film director, screenwriter, and lyricist known for his works in Bollywood. 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. He then directed the supernatural political drama Bhoothnath Returns (2014).
In 2016, Tiwari scripted and directed Dangal which was screened at the Beijing International Film Festival in April 2017 and the second BRICS festival in June 2017. The film is the highest-grossing Indian film and the fifth highest-grossing non-English film, having collected over ₹2,000 crores (US$280 million) of which more than ₹1,200 crores was earned in China, where it has emerged as one of the top 20 highest grosser of all time. 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. His next, Chhichhore (2019), a comedy, earned him numerous nominations and acclaim as well.