Amit Khanna (born 1 March 1951) Amit Khanna is perhaps the only Media professional who has worked in every segment-Print, Radio, Television, Films, Stage, Live Entertainment and Digital media for five decades. He started his film career as an Executive Producer, writer and lyricist Actor-Filmmaker Dev Anand’s NAVKETAN in 1971. He has written lyrics of 400 film & non-film songs including many all-time hits and dozen award winning feature films scripts and documentaries. In the Eighties, he wrote, directed and produced many critically acclaimed films. Amit Khanna, set up PLUS Channel in 1989 which was India’s first integrated media and entertainment company. In Plus he produced 11 feature films, over 3000 hours of original TV programming and made over 500 music albums in various genres and languages including many landmark films, TV shows . Plus also pioneered Audio books and Event Management besides running a Print News Syndicate. He was the Managing Director and Group Editor of PLUS Channel from 1989-2000. He also directed India’s first music video with Nazia & Zoeb Hassan in 1984. In 1980, he produced his first feature film “MAN PASAND". In the Eighties, he wrote and directed critically acclaimed films "SHEESHAY KA GHAR" and "SHESH" and several documentaries. He was the Executive Producer of TV serial Buniyaad. One of the first independent Producers of TV programming in India he pioneered Business & Entertainment News on Indian Television. He has edited magazines TEMPUS (1969-1971), TAKE 2 (1982) and has been Editorial Advisor to Economic Times (1997-2007 Probe 1987-91).and few other publications. Amit continues to write extensively on Cinema, Media, Technology and Popular Culture in various publications and online news sites. He is the past Chairman -, Entertainment & Convergence Committees of FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry) and National Committee of Media & Entertainment of CII (Confederation of Indian Industry). He was the Member of – Prime Minister’s Committee on Information, Communication & Entertainment (ICE in 2007), CII’s Service Council and Advisory Board of the Forum d’Avignon, Paris. He was the President – Earth Communications Office (an Environment - NGO) for 15 years 91999-2014). He was also the President - All India Film Producers Council, Film & Television Producers Guild of India Ltd., for four terms and Vice President of Association of Motion Picture & TV Program Producers for 17 years and continues to be permanent member of the Council of Management of the Guild for life.. He was the Founder - Trustee of Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image and the Mumbai Film Festival. He has been on the Governing Councils at the Jamia Millia Islamia Media Research Centre, and Film Institutes both in Pune & Kolkata, as well on Whistling Woods. He has been a Guest Lecturer at NYU, USC and other prestigious Institutions around the world. He was the first Indian to serve on the international Emmys Jury. He has also been on the Jury of Film Festivals and Awards in India & abroad. Besides serving on various International, Government and Trade organizations and Institutions, he has won several awards including three National Awards for Films, Industry Leadership Award at Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA), First Leadership Award at Indian Film Festival of Houston and a Lifetime Achievement Award for Television (UPTRON) and CMO Council Masterbrand, Lifetime Achievement Award 2010. Lifetime Achievement award for his contribution to Film and TV at the Norway Bollywood Festival 2015. Film Critics Council Lifetime Award (2017), PR Council of India Lifetime (2017) He has lectured at various Indian & International Universities and conferences and write extensively on Media, Culture and Cinema since 1968 in various leading newspapers and magazines His anthology of poetry “Anant Raag /Infinite Verse” published by Harpercollins in January, 2013. His new book on Comprehensive of History of Indian Media & Entertainment of the past 5000 years will be published mid-2019.
|Born||1 March 1951|
|Known for||Film,TV,Media,Professional,Writer,Poet, Film Maker, Media Guru and Corporate Leader|
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As a lyricist he 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).
In 1989 Khanna helped set up Plus Channel, 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. 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.
Khanna started writing articles for newspapers in 1982 with Take 2, an entertainment weekly broadsheet. Since then he has become a widely syndicated columnist, focusing on media and entertainment in the Indian film industry. His column, Media Musing appeared various Indian newspapers from 1993 to 1997. He wrote the column Enterprise that appeared from 1999 to 2000 in The Economic Times, an Indian English-language financial newspaper. Business Standard, an Indian English-language daily newspaper, published his column Freeze Frame from 2002 to 2008.
He has participated in several conferences & seminars across the world as keynote speaker covering an array of industries. FICCI, Nasscomm, CII & ECO are some of the well-known bodies he has been associated with in various capacities. He is the past Chairman -Convergence Committee of FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry) and National Committee of Media & Entertainment of CII (Confederation of Indian Industry). He was a Member of the Prime Minister’s Committee on Information, Communication & Entertainment (ICE), CII’s Service Council and Advisory Board of the Forum d’Avignon, Paris. He was the President – Earth Communications Office (an Environment -NGO), from 1999 to 2015. He was the President - All India Film Producers Council, Film & Television Producers Guild of India Ltd., for three terms and Vice President of Association of Motion Picture & TV Program Producers for 17 years and is the only permanent member of the Council of Management of the Guild (after V. Shantaram and Raj Kapoor). He is a Founder - Trustee of Mumbai Academy of Moving Image.
He has been on the Governing Councils of the Film Institutes in Pune & Kolkata, as well on the Whistling Woods Board. He has been a Guest Lecturer at NYU, USC and other prestigious Institutions around the world. He was the first Indian to serve on the international Emmys Jury. He has also been on the Jury of Film Festivals and various Awards in India & abroad. Besides serving on over 50 International, Government Committees and Trade organizations and Institutions, he has won several awards including three National Awards for Films, Industry Leadership Award at Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) in 2010, First Leadership Award at Indian Film Festival of Houston and a Life Time Achievement Award for Television (UPTRON) in 1995, and CMO Council Masterbrand in 2011, Life Time Achievement Award 2010, Life Time Achievement award for his contribution to Film and TV at the Norway Bollywood Festival 2015.
Time, Newsweek, Variety and Hollywood Reporter Magazines have mentioned him as one of the Global Leaders of film and Television.
Awards and honorsEdit
- UPFJA-1976 & 1981, CINEGOERS- 1979, BFJA -1980,LIONS CLUB-1986, UPTRON-1987, BHAIRAVI (Best Lyrics – National Award)-1996, GUDIA (Best Hindi Film – National Award) 1996, Best Hindi Film – National Award), SARDARI BEGUM (Best Urdu Film – National Award) - 1997, T.V. Personality of the Year (Time magazine) 1997, & others. Reliance Entertainment won over 50 National and International awards under my stewardship.
- Film Festivals - Madrid Intl. Film Festival – Bhairavi 1996, Cairo Intl. Film Festival –Bhairavi 1996, Uncertain Regard - 50th Cannes - Gudia May 96, Edinburg – Gudia Aug 96, Montreal – Gudia Aug 96, Festival dei 5 countries – Gudia Oct 96, Bite the Mango- Gudia - Oct 96, London- Gudia Nov 96, Festival de Mar Del Plata- Gudia, Argentina – Gudia Nov 96, Rennes, France-Gudia Jan 97, The Penang Pearl Awards-SAAZ Aug 97, Indian Panorama- Sardari Begum Jan 97, Tashkent Film Festival- Sardari Begum May 97, Munich Film Festival- Sardari Begum June 97, Moscow Film Festival- Sardari Begum July 97, Montreal World Film Festival- Sardari Begum Aug 97. Various Festival – Reliance Entertainment Films.
His anthology of poetry Anant Raag /Infinite Verse was published by Harper Collins in January, 2013. He is now documenting the History of Indian Media & Entertainment and mentoring. He has also co-authored other books including Encyclopædia Britannica’s Encyclopedia of Bollywood. His next poetic work is due in 2017.
- Bhushan, Ravi (1995). Reference India: Volume 3. Rifacimento International.