Ritesh Deshmukh (Riteish Deshmukh) is an Indian actor, hailing from Latur city in Marathwada, Maharashtra. He is son of Vilasrao Deshmukh, Chief Minister of Maharashtra. After the release of Masti, he changed his known name Riteish Deshmukh for numerological reasons.
Ritesh Deshmukh was born on December 17, 1978. He completed his education from G. D. Somani High School and Kamala Raheja School of Architecture in Mumbai. He worked in New York City after graduation while studying acting at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.
He made his debut in 2003 with Tujhe Meri Kasam in which he co-stared Genelia which was an average hit at the box office. He became a known face after the 2004 comedy Masti which also co-stared therefore established him as an actor. He has mainly taken on comic roles, rather than serious roles.
He has since appeared in several successful comedy films including Kyaa Kool Hai Hum, Malamaal Weekly and Apna Sapna Money Money. Recently, he was seen in the multi-starrer action film Cash which was a box office failure, Heyy Babyy, which was quite successful at the box office and Dhamaal which was moderately successful. He also appeared in the film Om Shanti Om as a special appearance. De Taali, his latest film, just released June 27th. He is currently working on the film "Aladdin". He is curently single.