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Riteish Deshmukh
Deshmukh in 2012
Born (1981-12-17) 17 December 1981 (age 42)
  • Actor
  • filmmaker
  • television presenter
Years active2003–present
WorksFull list
(m. 2012)
AwardsFull list

Riteish Deshmukh (born 17 December 1981) is an Indian actor, filmmaker and television presenter who works in Hindi and Marathi cinema. He is the son of politician Vilasrao Deshmukh.

Deshmukh began his acting career with the film Tujhe Meri Kasam (2003) and since then he has worked in several successful films such as Masti (2004), Kyaa Kool Hai Hum (2005), Bluffmaster! (2005), Malamaal Weekly (2006), Heyy Babyy (2007), Dhamaal (2007), Housefull (2010), Double Dhamaal (2011), Housefull 2 (2012), Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum (2012), Grand Masti (2013), Housefull 3 (2016), Total Dhamaal (2019), Housefull 4 (2019) and Baaghi 3 (2020). He received widespread critical acclaim for playing a serial killer in the romantic thriller Ek Villain (2014).

In Marathi cinema, he debuted as a producer with Balak-Palak (2013), made his Marathi acting debut with action film Lai Bhaari (2014) and made his directorial debut with Ved (2022).

Deshmukh is the board member of Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image.[1]

Early life and family


Deshmukh was born on 17 December 1981, in Mumbai to former chief minister of Maharashtra and Union Minister of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises India, Vilasrao Deshmukh and Vaishali Deshmukh. His elder brother, Amit Deshmukh, is an MLA representing Latur City in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, and his younger brother, Dhiraj Deshmukh, is an MLA from Latur Rural. His elder sister-in-law Aditi Deshmukh is an actress and younger sister-in-law Deepshikha Deshmukh is a film producer.

Deshmukh studied at G. D. Somani Memorial School and earned an architectural degree from Kamla Raheja College of Architecture, Mumbai. He practiced for a year with an overseas architectural firm. He continued designing since his return to India. Deshmukh maintains an ownership in Evolutions, an India-based architectural and interior designing firm.


Deshmukh in 2010

Deshmukh made his Hindi film debut with the 2003 romance, Tujhe Meri Kasam opposite Genelia D'Souza.[2] He later appeared in Out of Control.[3] In his third film, Masti, a comic thriller, his role was widely disparaged. Regardless, the film performed well at the box office. He gained fame after his performance in Masti, which earned him two minor awards. He subsequently appeared Bardaasht and Naach, both of them being box-office duds.[3] His first relatively successful lead role occurred in the widely panned sex-comedy Kyaa Kool Hai Hum with Tusshar Kapoor. While the film was reviled by critics, it was appreciated by audiences and declared a moderate success at the box office. Deshmukh, by now had earned a strong foothold in the Bollywood film industry via his comic roles.

He appeared in Malamaal Weekly and Apna Sapna Money Money apart from Bluffmaster! with Abhishek Bachchan in the lead.[4] He was seen in guest roles in Ram Gopal Varma's Darna Zaroori Hai,[5] and then Namastey London, which was a box office hit. In 2007, Cash followed.[4] Later that year, he appeared in Sajid Khan's directorial debut Heyy Babyy, co-starring Akshay Kumar and Fardeen Khan, which was a huge hit.[6] He appeared in the comedy film Dhamaal. His played a comedic character as Deshbandhu Roy in the film which received critical acclaim.[7]

In 2008, he played a lead role in De Taali, in which his performance was praised, and later in Chamku, both of which performed poorly at the box office.[5]

In 2009, his first release was Aladin, co-starring Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt and Jacqueline Fernandez. He was in the multi-starcast, Aladin. He then played a supporting role in Ram Gopal Varma's Rann, again co-starring Amitabh Bachchan, Paresh Rawal and Rajpal Yadav. His final film of 2009 was Do Knot Disturb with Govinda, Sushmita Sen, Sohail Khan and Lara Dutta.

In 2010, he worked with Sajid Khan on the comedy Housefull with Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone, Lara Dutta, Arjun Rampal and Jiah Khan. The film received negative response from critics, though it performed well commercially. His first release of 2011 was F.A.L.T.U., in which he played the role of Bajirao, a fake college principal. His second release of the year was the comic sequel Double Dhamaal. Both were above-average grossers[8] and very successful.[9]

In 2012, he first appeared in Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya in which he is paired opposite his real wife Genelia D'Souza. It proved a commercial hit despite being a shoestring budget. He then starred in a sequel, Housefull 2, which released on 6 April 2012 and was a huge success like its predecessor. Housefull 2 has been marked as Ritesh's biggest success to date. His last release of the year and his latest film was sequel Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum, which released on 27 July 2012.

Deshmukh then starred in another sequel, this time to the 2004 hit Masti titled Grand Masti which released in September 2013 and became a box office success, despite receiving negative reviews. Deshmukh made his debut as a film producer with the Marathi film Balak Palak, directed by Ravi Jadhav, which released on 4 January 2013. Deshmukh has decided to make a Hindi remake of the film.

In 2014, Deshmukh appeared in 2 completely different roles; first in the romance-comedy film Humshakals, which was a box office failure and then in the romance-thriller Ek Villain. With Ek Villain, Deshmukh played the antagonist for the first time in his career. Ek Villain was a box office success and he received many awards for acting. Besides this, he also made his acting debut in Marathi cinema the same year with the action film Lai Bhaari. He did a small cameo in Entertainment, which was not entertaining at the box office.[10]

In 2015, he appeared in Bangistan along with Pulkit Samrat. The film was a comedy-satire and received a mixed critical response. However, was a box office disaster.

In 2016, he appeared in the third installment of the Housefull and Masti series Housefull 3 and Great Grand Masti and a musical drama Banjo. He appeared in the comedy film Bank Chor which was released in 2017 and in the end of 2018, he did his second Marathi film MAULI which was a box office success. In 2019 he appeared in a third part of Dhamaal called Total Dhamaal which received mixed reviews still it becomes successful. In the same year he appeared in two other movies Housefull 4 and Marjaavaan (as a villain after Ek Villain), both were received mixed reviews but they were successful at box office. Housefull 4 become his biggest hit till date and his acting in Marjaavaan was appreciated.[11]

In 2020, he appeared in Baaghi 3 with Tiger Shroff and Shradhha Kapoor.[12]

In 2022, Deshmukh made his directorial debut with Marathi language Romantic drama film Ved in which he co-starred his wife Genelia D'Souza.[13] It was the remake of 2019 Telugu-language film Majili written and directed by Shiva Nirvana.[14] It was released on 30 December 2022 to positive reviews from critics and audience.[15] Shubham Kulkarni reviewing the film for Koimoi, rated it with two and a half stars and criticised the predictability of narrative writing, "Ved has good things laced with predictability and that kills the vibe." Kulkarni opined that debutant director has shot the songs well writing, "He [the director] blends the music, story, and performances so well." Kulkarni felt that Deshmukh "has a director in him but, he is too bud completely yet."[16] Soham Godbole writing for Loksatta praised the acting of ensemble, cinematography and the music, writing, "The best aspects of the film are the cinematography combined with Ajay Atul's music, [which] takes the film to greater heights." Concluding, Godbole opined, "This movie is sure to be a treat for those who are madly in love and those who love madly."[17] Mihir Bhanage reviewing the film for The Times of India rated it with 3 stars out of 5 and wrote, "Ved is a quintessential romantic drama" that "has been shot aesthetically." Bhanage praised the music, writing "The music by Ajay-Atul is good.".[18]

Personal life

Riteish with his wife, Genelia D'Souza

Tabloids repeatedly linked Deshmukh romantically with Genelia D'Souza, ever since they starred together in their debut film Tujhe Meri Kasam in 2003.[19] They were reportedly ready to get engaged, but Ritesh's father, the then–Maharashtra Chief Minister, Vilasrao Deshmukh did not agree. D'Souza later denied any rumors of a relationship with Deshmukh, and responds that she was just friends with him.[20] However, the couple eventually got married on 3 February 2012, according to Marathi marriage traditions[21] in a Hindu wedding ceremony, they had a Christian wedding in the church on next day.[22] The couple's first child, a son named Riaan, was born on 25 November 2013,[23][24] while their second son, named Rahyl, was born on 2 June 2016.[25][26]

Production and other work


Deshmukh launched his own production house, Mumbai Film Company, in 2013 with the production of the Marathi film Balak Palak, which won several awards. He then produced another Marathi film Faster Fene, in 2017.[27][28]

Deshmukh turned director and screenwriter with the 2022 film Ved, which was produced by Genelia.[13] It became the highest grossing Marathi film of 2022 and the third highest-grossing Marathi film of all-time.[29]

In addition to this, he has hosted various award functions including International Indian Film Academy Awards and Zee Cine Awards. In 2013, he made his television debut as a Judge with India's Dancing Superstar. He has co-hosted the talk show Yaadon Ki Baaraat, the quiz show Vikta Ka Uttar. He made his web debut in 2021, co-hosting Ladies vs Gentlemen with Genelia D'souza.[30] Since 2022, he is seen as the Prosecuting Lawyer in Case Toh Banta Hai.[31]

Off-screen work and media image


In 2013, he formed a cricket team with Dhiraj Deshmukh, later named Veer Marathi in the Celebrity Cricket League. He played in this league as the captain of his team. Veer Marathi's brand ambassador was Genelia D'Souza. He was ranked third in The Times of India's Top 20 Most Desirable Men of Maharashtra in 2018.[32]

The actor donated Rs 2.5 million to his hometown Latur for Jalyukta Latur', an initiative to provide sufficient water to the parched district after the droughts that Latur faced in April 2016.[33] Riteish and Genelia donated Rs 2.5 million towards flood relief in Maharashtra during the 2019 Indian floods.[34]

Work and accolades



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  2. ^ "Riteish Deshmukh's fans still remember his debut film". The Times of India. 7 June 2019. Archived from the original on 6 July 2019. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Why Ritesh loves the movies". Rediff. Archived from the original on 2 July 2019. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  4. ^ a b "The Rediff Interview / Ritesh Deshmukh: Everyone works for Cash". Rediff. 12 July 2007. Archived from the original on 28 October 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2010.
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  6. ^ "HEYY BABYY: Akshay Kumar's biggest hit to date!". Yahoo! Movies. Archived from the original on 12 December 2008. Retrieved 5 December 2010.
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  11. ^ "'Lai Bhaari': Riteish Deshmukh delivers highest grossing Marathi film!". Zee News. 5 August 2014. Archived from the original on 8 August 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  12. ^ "Tiger Shroff shows his bruised, scratched back after filming intense stunts for Baaghi 3". Hindustan Times. 1 August 2022. Retrieved 29 October 2022.
  13. ^ a b "Riteish Deshmukh turns director; Genelia Deshmukh to make her Marathi film debut". Bollywood Hungama. 8 December 2021. Retrieved 11 December 2022.
  14. ^ "Riteish Deshmukh confirms Ved is inspired by Samantha Ruth Prabhu-Naga Chaitanya's Majili". The Indian Express. 14 December 2022. Retrieved 30 December 2022.
  15. ^ "Genelia D'Souza shares first look of comeback film Ved, to mark Riteish Deshmukh's directorial debut". Hindustan Times. 26 October 2022. Retrieved 30 December 2022.
  16. ^ Shubham Kulkarni (30 December 2022). "Ved Movie Review: Unravels The Little Hope In The Third Act But It's Too Late By Then". Koimoi. Retrieved 30 December 2022.
  17. ^ Soham Godbole (30 December 2022). "Ved Movie Review: अनोख्या प्रेमकहाणीला ॲक्शनची जोड, स्वतःचं वेगळेपण जपणारा 'वेड'" [Ved Movie Review: Action is added to a unique love story, 'Ved' who preserves his uniqueness]. Loksatta (in Marathi). Retrieved 30 December 2022.
  18. ^ Mihir Bhanage (30 December 2022). "Ved Movie Review: High on ammunition, low on firepower". The Times of India. Retrieved 31 December 2022.
  19. ^ Jha, Subash K. "Still denying Ritesh, Genelia?". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 11 August 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2011.
  20. ^ "I'm single, Riteish is just a friend: Genelia". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 14 August 2010. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
  21. ^ ""Riteish Deshmukh weds Genelia D'Souza"". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 9 July 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  22. ^ "PIX: Riteish and Genelia's church wedding". The Rediff News. Archived from the original on 4 February 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2013. Alt URL
  23. ^ "Riteish Deshmukh-Genelia blessed with son". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 6 July 2019. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
  24. ^ "Genelia D'Souza announces their son's name: Riaan Riteish Deshmukh". CNN-IBN. Archived from the original on 7 December 2014. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  25. ^ "It's a Boy! Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D'Souza welcome their second child". DNA India. 31 May 2016. Archived from the original on 6 July 2019. Retrieved 10 June 2016.
  26. ^ "Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D'souza blessed with baby boy". Archived from the original on 6 July 2019. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  27. ^ "Balak Palak to stress on need for sex education". The Times of India. 17 September 2012. Archived from the original on 28 January 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  28. ^ Sharma, Sampada (30 September 2017). "Faster Fene trailer: The trailer of Riteish Deshmukh's upcoming production venture looks quite promising". The Indian Express. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  29. ^ "Ritesh Deshmukh's Marathi remake of the Telugu film 'Majili' is going great guns at the Marathi Box-office". The Times of India. 6 January 2023. Retrieved 8 January 2023.
  30. ^ Bhasin, Shriya (17 November 2020). "Genelia, hubby Riteish Deshmukh to turn host for new show 'Ladies Vs Gentlemen'". India TV. Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  31. ^ "Riteish Deshmukh on Case Toh Banta Hai, his bond with Varun Sharma, Kusha Kapila and more". Firstpost. 26 July 2022. Retrieved 20 August 2022.
  32. ^ "Maharashtra's Most Desirable Men 2018". The Times of India. Retrieved 14 July 2021.
  33. ^ "Riteish Deshmukh contributes Rs 25 lakh for drought-hit Latur". The Times of India. 26 April 2016.
  34. ^ "Riteish and Genelia Deshmukh meet CM Devendra Fadnavis, donate Rs 25 lakh for Maharashtra floods". India Today. 12 August 2019. Archived from the original on 15 August 2019. Retrieved 16 August 2019.