|Born||19th April, 1976|
Anantnag, Jammu and Kashmir, India
|Alma mater||Hindu College (1993-1996)|
|Awards||Zee Cine Award for Dialogue for Pink in 2017|
Ritesh Shah is an Indian screenwriter. He has written the screenplay and dialogues for films like Kahaani (2012), Pink (2016), Airlift (2017) and Raid (2018). He won the Filmfare award, Star Screen Award and Zee Cine Award in the Best Dialogue category for Pink.
Early life and education
He did his Bachelors in English Literature from Hindu College (1993-1996) and has done his Masters in Mass Communications from MCRC, Jamia Milia Islamia. He began his career as a playwright with Act One Art Group, New Delhi. His works include the fringe award winner Othello - A play in black and white. Ritesh switched to television in 1999. His television writing credits include Josh, Kashmeer, Krishna Arjun and the award winning series Kagaar.
Ritesh started his career as a playwright in Delhi. He adopted Sławomir Mrożek's political black comedy which pulled the attention of the Indian film industry. One of the actors in the play suggested him to shift the base to Mumbai where Ritesh started writing from the TV serial Kagaar. His first film as a writer was Sujoy Ghosh's Home Delivery. Anurag Kashyap recommended him to Vipul Shah for writing the dialogues of 2007 film Namastey London. He has also adopted 2013 film B.A. Pass from a short story "The Raiwaly Aunty" written by Mohan Sikka. He has also done a cameo role in Pink.
Awards and Nominations
|2017||Filmfare Award||Best Dialogue||Won||Pink|
|Shared with Nikkhil Advani, Suresh Nair, Niranjan Iyengar||Best Screenplay|
|2017||Screen Awards, IN||Best Dialogue||Won||Pink|
|2014||Zee Cine Awards||Nominee
|2017||IIFA award||Screenplay & Dialogue||Won||Pink|
|Commando: A One Man Army||2013||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh||2016||Yes|
|Commando 2: The Black Money Trail||2017||Yes||Yes|
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- "Pink 'air-lifted' this Kahaani writer's career". 3 October 2017.
- "Ritesh Shah: Writing is a lonely and thankless job - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
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