Ritesh Sidhwani

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Ritesh Sidhwani
Born1973 (age 45–46)
OccupationCo-owner, Excel Entertainment
Years active2001-present
Known forDil Chahta Hai

Ritesh Sidhwani is an Indian film producer. As a young boy, Ritesh was fascinated by the wonderful world of films and couldn't wait to grow up and be a part of that magical realm. However, life had other plans and he began his career at Marlex, the home appliances Company that his family owned. For six long years, he remained an enthusiastic learner, and developed strong marketing and business development skills. He discovered that he was an inspiring team-builder and enjoyed a track record of motivating his colleagues to achieve exceptional business performance. Along the way, he proved to be versatile and was quick to learn new skills and was equally at ease to work on his own initiative or as part of a team. Having proved that he had the ability to operate successfully in a commercial environment, he took a leap of faith, and from the world of marketing home appliances, plunged headlong into unknown territory and set up Excel Entertainment Private Limited in partnership with his long time friend and confidante, Farhan Akhtar.

Early life[edit]

Ritesh Sidhwani was born in a Sindhi family in Mumbai, where he received his education. His father is Chandan Tootaram Sidhwani.


He started his career in his family's business, Marlex Appliances and started his film production company, Excel Entertainment, with his close friend, Farhan Akhtar, their first film, Dil Chahta Hai was released in 2001.

Personal life[edit]

He has 2 siblings Sandeep Sidhwani and Nisha Sidhwani, Sandeep owns an Event Management firm and Nisha was the owner of an IT company SEEinfobiz. Ritesh is younger amongst them. He is married to Dolly Sidhwani, and the couple have two sons [1]



Year Film Producer
2001 Dil Chahta Hai Yes
2004 Lakshya Yes
2006 Don: The Chase Begins Again Yes
2007 Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. Yes
2008 Rock On!! Yes
2009 Luck By Chance Yes
2010 Karthik Calling Karthik Yes
2011 Game Yes
2011 Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara Yes
2011 Don 2 Yes
2012 Talaash Yes
2013 Fukrey Yes
2015 Dil Dhadakne Do Yes
2016 Baar Baar Dekho Yes
2016 Rock On 2 Yes
2017 Raees Yes
2017 Fukrey Returns Yes
2018 Gold Yes
2019 Gully Boy Yes
Year Web Series Executive Producer
2017 Inside Edge Yes
2018 Mirzapur Yes
2019 Made in Heaven Yes

Creative Director[edit]

Year Film Creative Director
2006 Don: The Chase Begins Again Yes


Year Film Awards Category
2002 Dil Chahta Hai 49th National Film Awards Best Feature Film in Hindi
47th Filmfare Awards Critics Award for Best Movie
2009 Rock On!! 55th National Film Awards Best Feature Film in Hindi
2011 Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara Indian Television Academy Awards ITA Scroll of entertainment
2012 7th NDTV Indian of the Year Awards NDTV Entertainer of the Year
57th Filmfare Awards Best Film
Critics Award for Best Movie
Screen Awards Best Film
Apsara Awards Best Film
Zee Cine Awards Best Film
13th IIFA Awards Best Movie


  1. ^ "Producer Ritesh Sidhwani is a proud papa for the second time". Bollywood Hungama. 4 October 2005.

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