Mr. Nitesh Tiwari
B.Tech., 1996, Metallurgical Engineering

Mr. Nitesh Tiwari is a film writer and director. He obtained his Btech degree in Metallurgical Engineering from IIT Bombay in 1996. After graduating from IIT Bombay, he worked very briefly with a leading software firm before taking the plunge into the world of advertising – all for the love of writing, which he discovered during his stay at IIT Bombay campus.

His 18 years of experience in advertising includes four years at FCB ULKA, three years at Lowe Lintas and 11 years at Leo Burnett. Before taking writing/ direction as a full-time career, he was the Chief Creative Officer at Leo Burnett, Mumbai. Apart from creating many memorable and award winning add campaigns, he has also co-written and directed three full-length feature films: Chillar Party, Bhoothnath Returns and Dangal. He has also co-written two other feature films: Nil Battey Sannata and Bareilly Ki Barfi.

Mr. Tiwari believes in creating work that not only entertains but enlightens as well. He aimed to achieve this through various campaigns while he was in advertising and most of his work in movies also reflects the same philosophy. He also make efforts in nurturing and promoting young talent. “This is my way of thanking my seniors at IIT and all the people who have helped me in my chosen path,” said Mr. Tiwari.

Mr. Tiwari has many awards to his credit including three National awards for his first feature film Chillar Party, best screenplay and dialogues at Star Screen and Zee Cine Awards and best director award for Dangal at Filmfare Awards 2017.

Special Memories

"It was at IIT Bombay where I discovered the actor, writer and director in me, thanks to my seniors and a fantastic extra-curricular environment that exists at IITB. Living and interacting with truly fertile minds gave me a different perspective and approach towards life. I will forever remember all the enjoyable experiences I had at the PAF, the Drams, the GCs, the Inter-IIT, the movie outings at Convo and all the ''keedas' we loved doing in H4".