Amit Khanna

Amit Khanna is a triple National Film Award [2][3] winning producer, founder chairman of Reliance Entertainment,[4][5][6][7][8]former president of the Producers Guild of India,[9] founder trustee of the Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image.[10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18], poet, lyricist, writer, director, and journalist. He is credited with having coined the name Bollywood[19]

Amit Khanna
Born (1951-03-01) 1 March 1951 (age 69)[1]
Delhi, India
OccupationFilm producer /lyricist, author, media & entertainment guru
Years active1971 - present
Known forFounder trustee of the Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image
Notable work
Gudia, Sardari Begum, Bhairavi
  • Jawaharlal Khanna (father)
  • Hem Khanna (mother)
Awards3 National Film Awards


Amit Khanna is the only permanent member of the Council of Management of Producer Guild of India; the two others were late V. Shantaram and late Raj Kapoor). He has participated as a keynote speaker for Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), NASSCOM, Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), and ECO, and served on over 50 international government committees and trade organizations and institutions.

Year Title Organisation Notes Ref
1981 EC member Film Federation of India (FFI) apex body of the Indian film industry
1982 Member Radio & TV Advertising Practitioners Association
1984 Member Indian Documentary Producers Association (IDPA)
1985-2000 Vice President Association of Motion Picture & TV Program Producers for 17 years
1988-1990 Governing Council member Film and Television Institute of India, Pune
1988-1990 Film Import Selection Committee member Govt. of India
1989-2000 Managing Director & Group Editor PLUS Channel India’s first integrated media entertainment conglomerate
1990-1994 Western Panel member Central Board of Film Certification
1990-1994 Appraisal Committee member Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India
1992-1995 Director DSJ Communications
1994-1996 Governing Council member Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata
1997-2000 Advisory group member Ministry of I&B, Govt. of India
1999 Export Forum member Ministry of I&B
1999-2000 Member Indian Broadcasting Foundation
1999-2003 Advisory board director Whistling Woods International film school, Mumbai
1999-2003 National EC member, Entertainment Committee FICCI
1999-2010 US-India Business Alliance
2000-2010 Chairman, Convergence Committee FICCI [20]
2000-2012 Media committee member US-India Business Council
2000-2015 Chairman Reliance Entertainment
2001 Member Indian Performing Rights Society
2001-2004 All India Film Producers Council
2001-2015 President Earth Communications Office India Association an environmental NGO
2002 Member, Expert Group of GATS Ministry of Commerce, Govt. of India
2005 Member, Prime Minister's Committee Information, Communication & Entertainment (ICE)
2005-2013 EC member National committee of Media & Entertainment, CII
2005-2015 Director Reliance Big TV
2005-2015 Director Reliance Media Works
Indo European Centre
Founder trustee Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image
Service Council member Forum d'Avignon, Paris
President Producers Guild of India for three terms


Presently retired from all film activities and organisational responsibilities, Amit Khanna devotes all his time solely to writing.

Year Title Book /newspaper /mag Notes Ref
1969-1971 Editor Tempus monthly magazine
1982 Editor & features writer Take 2 entertainment weekly
1987-1989 Editorial Advisor Probe India
1990-1992 Bollywood Plus video news magazine
1990-1992 Business Plus video news magazine
1990-1992 People Plus video news magazine
1990-1992 Bollywood Plus video news magazine
1990-2000 Syndicate features writer Plus Newsbank
1995-1997 Online Singapore
1998-2015 Features writer Outlook [21]
1993–1997 Syndicated columnist (various national dailies) column name: Media Musing
1997-2000 Editorial Adviser The Economic Times
1999-2000 Columnist The Economic Times column name: Enterprise
2002-2010 Columnist Business Standard column name: Freeze Frame
Jan 2013 Author Anant Raag /Infinite Verse anthology of poetry, published by Harper Collins
Dec 2019 Author Words Sounds Images: History of media and entertainment in India publisher: Harper Collins [22][23][24][25]
2017- present Columnist The Wire [26]
2018- present Columnist Open [27]
2018- present Columnist Bloomberg Quint [28]
Co-author Encyclopedia of Bollywood publisher: Encyclopædia Britannica [5]
Times of India
Hindustan Times
Features writer Illustrated Weekly
Features writer India Today
Features writer Filmfare
Features writer Show Time
Features writer Super Cinema


Khanna started his film career as executive producer with Dev Anand's Navketan Films in 1971. In 1989 Khanna helped set up Plus Channel,[29] a television programming house, and joined it as Managing Director and Group Editor. Under his tenure, the organization expanded its role to produce movies and music, and provide event management services. Several films created under the Plus Films banner went on to win National Film Awards. In 1996 Khanna won two awards as film producer at the 44th National Film Awards: Best Feature Film in Hindi for Gudia and Best Feature Film in Urdu for Sardari Begum. Plus Channel produced India's earliest audio books in both prose and verse. It also pioneered business news shows on Indian television.

In 2000 Khanna resigned from Plus Channel to join Reliance Entertainment where he served as Chairman for 15 years. Under his guidance, Reliance Entertainment became a major player in Hollywood.[30][31][32] In May 2008 the company signed deals to produce and develop movies with prominent Hollywood actors such as Tom Hanks, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Jim Carrey and Nicolas Cage. In September 2008 Reliance Entertainment formed a joint venture with Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks SKG named DreamWorks Studios via an equity investment of $325 million. In August 2009 Reliance Entertainment signed an $825 million production and distribution deal with DreamWorks Studios.


Year Title Role Notes References
1973 Shareef Budmaash Executive producer
Heera Panna production executive
1974 Ishq Ishq Ishq Executive producer
1976 Bullet business executive & production controller
Chalte Chalte Lyricist
Jaaneman business executive & production controller
1977 Swami Lyricist
1978 Des Pardes Executive producer & lyricist
1980 Man Pasand Producer & lyricist
Lootmaar Executive producer
Saboot Lyricist, EP, & lyricist
Guest House Lyricist
1982 Shiv Charan Lyricist
Star Lyricist
1984 Sheeshay Ka Ghar writer-director
Saaransh dialogue
Purana Mandir Lyricist
1986 Aashiana director
Avinash Lyricist
1988 Shesh director
1990 First Rank Lyricist
1994 1942: A Love Story script consultant
1996 Aur Ek Prem Kahani Producer
Bhairavi Producer
Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin Executive producer
Laalchee Producer
Sardari Begum Executive producer
Papa Kahte Hain Producer
1997 Do Rahain Producer
Gudgudee Executive producer
Saaz Producer
Gudia Producer
Agnichakra Lyricist
Chakkar Pe Chakkar story
2007 Hattrick Lyricist
2010 Malik Ek Lyricist

TV seriesEdit

Year Title Role Notes References
1986 Buniyaad Executive producer
Chhapte Chhapte Executive producer
Apne Aap Executive producer
1995 A Mouthful of Sky Producer India's first English soap opera
Zameen Aasmaan Producer
1995-97 Swabhimaan Producer Episodes #1.1 to 1.498
1996 Badalte Rishte Producer
Mumkin Producer
1977 Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh Producer
Paltan Producer
Kabhie Kabhie Producer
Sab Golmaal Hai Producer

As a lyricist he has penned over 200 Hindi film songs, working mainly with music directors like Bappi Lahiri, Rajesh Roshan and Laxmikant–Pyarelal. He also composed lyrics for around 200 songs released in music albums by singers Nazia and Zoheb Hassan, Sharon Prabhakar, Salma Agha, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Mahendra Kapoor and Shafqat Ali Khan. In 1984 he directed three music videos for Nazia Hassan's music album Young Tarang. He was lyricist for the opening theme song of ten Indian television series, including Buniyaad (1986), Dekh Bhai Dekh (1993) and Swabhimaan (1995).


Year Title Role Programme /episode References
1985 Young Tarang Director TV show Rock music
1996 Century of Cinema Self Docu 'And the Show Goes On: Indian Chapter'

Awards and honoursEdit

Time, Newsweek, Variety and The Hollywood Reporter have mentioned him as one of the global leaders of film and television. He has been a guest lecturer at New York University and the University of Southern California. He was on the selection panel of the Indian Panorama (Western region) thrice (1985, 1989, and 1993). and was the first Indian to serve on the International Emmys jury.

Year Award Organiser /festival Notes Ref
1976 Uttar Pradesh Film Journalist Association Award UP Film Journalist Association
1979 Cinegoers Award
1980 Bengal Film Journalists' Association Award Bengal Film Journalists Association
1981 Uttar Pradesh Film Journalist Association Award UP Film Journalist Association
1986 Lions Club Award Lion's Club
1987 Lifetime Achievement Award for Television Uptron
1995 Leadership Award Indian Film Festival of Houston
1996 National Film Award - Best Lyrics Govt. of India for Bhairavi
1996 National Film Award - Best Hindi Film Govt. of India for Gudia
1997 National Film Award - Best Urdu Film Govt. of India for Sardari Begum
1997 TV Personality of the Year Award Time magazine
2010 Leadership Award Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA)
2010 Masterbrand Lifetime Achievement Award CMO Council
2015 Lifetime Achievement award for contribution to film and television Norway Bollywood Festival
2017 Film Critics Council Lifetime Award
2017 PR Council of India Lifetime


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