- Birthday19 January, 1973
Films were a fascination for Ritesh Sidhwani since childhood, although he was into his family business of home appliances. After six years of growth and learning in the business stream, Ritesh took a leap of faith and established Excel Entertainment in collaboration with long-time friend Farhan Akhtar. The very first film produced under this banner – ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ (2001) – achieved a cult status and won a National Film Award! The second National Film Award too came in the 2008 for ‘Rock On!!’. To his credit, Ritesh also has blockbuster films like ‘Don’, ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’, ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ among many others.