Leading production house Excel Entertainment, co-founded by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar, clocks 20 years. Its first film, Dil Chahta Hai released on August 10, 2001. The film which started the production house’s journey in the industry, also marked the beginning of something truly remarkable and praiseworthy.
Twenty years of bankrolling and creating heartwarming tales and giving bankable talents in the industry, Excel Entertainment’s journey is nothing less than an inspiration.
From treating us with movies like Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Dil Chahta Hai to the underdog stories of Raees, Gully Boy, web-series like Mirzapur and Inside Edge, co-founders Ritesh and Farhan have always set the bar higher with content driven stories that not only make us smile, but also films that warm our hearts.
Taking to their social media, the production house shared a clip of all our favorite stories. In the caption they wrote, “Today, we complete 20 years of this extraordinary journey filled with timeless stories,memories & experiences for a lifetime, yet it feels like it’s just the beginning. We are truly grateful for all the love and support we have received from all. Thank you for being a part of our journey. With love, Ritesh & Farhan. #20YearsOfExcel @ritesh_sid @faroutakhtar”
Farhan added, “20 Years Of Excel. And to think all we wanted was to just make Dil Chahta Hai. Thankyou life for having other plans. Thank you to all actors, writers, directors, technicians, music directors, lyricists and every single person from all creative departments and production teams that walked alongside and sometimes carried me on this journey. None of it was possible without you. And none of it was possible without the love of you, the audiences. It’s been your support that’s given wings to our dreams. Thank you. All I can say now, 2 decades later, is that we’re just getting started. Let’s fly… ❤️@ritesh_sid @excelmovies”
Ritesh shared, “#20YearsOfExcel. The last two decades have been extremely humbling and fulfilling. We are deeply grateful for all the memories, experiences and friendships we have forged along the way. Thank you all for standing beside us and flooding us with love. Here’s to the next 20 years together! #20YearsOfExcel @faroutakhtar @excelmovies”
Zoya Akhtar too took to her Instagram, “Two Bwoys. Two Decades. Excel Entertainment – You are the most comfortable home a girl could have ♥️Thank you for supporting my crazy ideas. Thank you for throwing a party at my smallest success and throwing only encouragement at my biggest failure. Can’t imagine this trip without you. Farhan and Ritesh – Brothers friends partners rockstars – Love you both mucho ♥️ Congratulations on 20 years, I wish you 120 more. Keep telling them stories⭐#20yearsofexcel @ritesh_sid @faroutakhtar @excelmovies”
For the passion of telling heartwarming stories, here’s to Excel Entertainment for completing 20 Years in the industry today.