Ritesh Deshmukh, or simply Riteish, is an Indian architect, film actor and producer active in Indian films. He is the son of the politician Vilasrao Deshmukh and Vaishali Deshmukh.
Deshmukh debuted with K. Vijaya Bhaskar's Tujhe Meri Kasam opposite Genelia D'Souza, but it was not until 2004 that he achieved huge popularity, when he appeared in the commercially successful comedy Masti and the critically acclaimed Bardaasht. His work in Masti was nominated for several awards, including the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor category.
Since then, Riteish Deshmukh has starred in many commercially successful films such as Kya Kool Hai Hum, Bluffmaster!, Malamaal Weekly, Heyy Babyy, Dhamaal, Housefull, Double Dhamaal, Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya, Housefull 2, Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum, Grand Masti, Humshakals and Ek Villain. He has thus has established a successful career in Hindi Cinema.
In January 2013, Riteish made his debut as an film producer with the Marathi success Balak Palak, directed by Ravi Jadhav. The following year he made his acting debut in Marathi cinema with the action film Lai Bhaari.