Ritesh Shah is an Indian screenwriter who works in Hindi films. 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
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Ritesh Shah
Born (1976-04-19) 19 April 1976 (age 46)
Alma materHindu College (1993-1996), Jamia Millia Islamia
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 Railway Aunty" written by Mohan Sikka. Initially he was planning to turn three stories into a film from a short story collection titled Delhi Noir. Then he wrote a screenplay of 45 pages based on "The Railway Aunty" and presented it to the director Ajay Bahl who liked the script and went ahead making it a film. [6][7] He has also done a cameo role in Pink.[8][9]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Outcome Work
2017 Filmfare Awards Best Dialogue Won Pink
2014 Best Screenplay (Shared with Nikkhil Advani, Suresh Nair, Niranjan Iyengar) Nominated D-Day
2017 Screen Awards Best Dialogue Won Pink
2014 Zee Cine Awards Best Screenplay (Shared with Nikkhil Advani, Suresh Nair, Niranjan Iyengar) Nominated D-Day
2017 IIFA Awards Best Screenplay Won Pink
Best Dialogue Won


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[10] 2021 Yes
Sardar Udham 2021 Yes Yes
Dhaakad 2022 Yes
Faraaz 2023 Yes
Lost 2023 Yes


  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". The Times of India.
  4. ^ "Star Screen Awards 2016 winners list: Pink wins big, Big B-Alia get best actor and actress award".
  5. ^ "Best dialogue ritesh shah for pink : Zee cine awards 2017 complete list of winners | Bollywoodlife.com". www.bollywoodlife.com. Archived from the original on 19 March 2017.
  6. ^ https://scroll.in/reel/872779/ritesh-shah-on-the-success-of-raid-and-writing-for-bollywood-ghosts-dont-scare-me-people-do
  7. ^ "Ritesh Shah on the success of 'Raid' and writing for Bollywood: 'Ghosts don't scare me, people do'".
  8. ^ "Meet Ritesh Shah, the Man Behind the Powerful Dialogues of Pink". 27 September 2016.
  9. ^ "Pink 'air-lifted' this Kahaani writer's career". 3 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Ajay Devgn announces film on Ramsay family: A fascinating journey of hardships". India Today. 7 November 2019. Retrieved 27 February 2020.

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