Ritesh Shah

Ritesh Shah is an Indian screenwriter. He has written the screenplay and dialogues for films like Kahaani (2012),[1] Pink (2016),[2] Airlift (2017) and Raid (2018). He won the Filmfare award, Star Screen Award and Zee Cine Award in the Best Dialogue category for Pink.[3][4][5]

Ritesh Shah
Ritesh Shah, a screenplay writer of Hindi Films.jpg
Ritesh Shah
Born (1976-04-19) 19 April 1976 (age 44)
Alma materHindu College (1993-1996)
Years active1997
AwardsZee Cine Award for Dialogue for Pink in 2017

Early life and educationEdit

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.[6] He has also done a cameo role in Pink.[7][8]

Awards and NominationsEdit

Year Award Category Outcome Work
2017 Filmfare Award Best Dialogue Won Pink
2014 Filmfare Award Nominee

Technical Award

Shared with Nikkhil Advani, Suresh Nair, Niranjan Iyengar Best Screenplay


2017 Screen Awards, IN Best Dialogue Won Pink
2014 Zee Cine Awards Nominee

Technical Award

Nominated D-Day
2017 IIFA award Screenplay & Dialogue Won Pink


Title Year Story Screenplay Dialogue
Home Delivery 2005 Yes
Namastey London 2007 Yes
Summer 2007 2007 Yes
Aladin 2009 Yes Yes
Action Replayy 2010 Yes
Force 2011 Yes Yes Yes
Kahaani 2012 Yes
B.A. Pass 2013 Yes Yes Yes
Commando: A One Man Army 2013 Yes Yes Yes
D-Day 2013 Yes Yes Yes
CityLights 2014 Yes Yes Yes
Lai Bhaari 2014 Yes
Airlift 2016 Yes Yes
Rocky Handsome 2016 Yes Yes Yes
Te3n 2016 Yes
Madaari 2016 Yes Yes
Pink 2016 Yes Yes Yes
Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh 2016 Yes
Commando 2: The Black Money Trail 2017 Yes Yes
Daddy 2017 Yes
Chef 2017 Yes Yes Yes
Anukul 2017 Yes
Raid 2018 Yes Yes Yes
Namaste England 2018 Yes
Junglee 2019 Yes
Arjun Patiala 2019 Yes Yes Yes
Batla House 2019 Yes Yes Yes
The Big Bull[9] 2020


  1. ^ "Tucks and treats with Ajay Devgn in Lucknow - Mumbai Mirror -".
  2. ^ "#NoMeansNo: Now, a book on Pink, the movie that changed lives".
  3. ^ "62nd Filmfare Awards 2017: Complete winners' list - Times of India".
  4. ^ http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/22nd-star-screen-awards-2016-pink-amitabh-bachchan-alia-bhatt/1/826924.html
  5. ^ http://www.bollywoodlife.com/photos/specials-zee-cine-awards-2017-complete-list-of-winners/best-dialogue-ritesh-shah-for-pink-924153/
  6. ^ https://scroll.in/reel/872779/ritesh-shah-on-the-success-of-raid-and-writing-for-bollywood-ghosts-dont-scare-me-people-do
  7. ^ https://www.scoopwhoop.com/Ritesh-Shah-The-Dialogue-Writer-Of-Pink/#.mbf53la39
  8. ^ "Pink 'air-lifted' this Kahaani writer's career". 3 October 2017.
  9. ^ DelhiNovember 7, Indo-Asian News Service New; November 7, 2019UPDATED:; Ist, 2019 14:45. "Ajay Devgn announces film on Ramsay family: A fascinating journey of hardships". India Today. Retrieved 27 February 2020.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link) CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)

External linksEdit