Amit Khanna

Amit Khanna

Amit Khanna
Born (1951-03-01) March 1, 1951 [1]
Delhi, India
Occupation Producer, lyricist and writer

Amit Khanna (born March 1, 1951) is an Indian film and television producer, lyricist, actor and writer. He was the former chairman of Reliance Entertainment. He resigned from the company in 2013. He was awarded 1995 National Film Award for Best Lyrics for song "Kuch Is Tarah" in the film Bhairavi (1995) directed by Aruna Raje.[2]

Early life and background

Khanna received a degree in English literature from St. Stephen's College, Delhi in 1971.[3] He initially worked as a film journalist for several Delhi publications.[4]


He moved to Bombay and began his career as a producer for Dev Anand's Navketan Films. He assisted Dev Anand who produced films like Shareef Budmaash and Des Pardes. Later he produced two films: Man Pasand starring Dev Anand, Tina Munim, Girish Karnad and Mehmood and Sheeshey ka Ghar starring Raj Babbar and Padmini Kolhapure. He had good relations with Rajesh Roshan and Bappi Lahiri with whom he shared most of the songs. His song 'Madhuban khushboo deta hai' from Sajan Bina Suhagan is very good. In 1993 he moved to DD Metro where he produced the series Mirch Masala, Mere Saath Chal, Zameen Aasman and Business Baaten.[5] He produced India's first English-language series A Mouthful of Sky (1995).

In 2000, he became the chairman of Reliance Entertainment. He served twice as the president of the Film and Television Producers Guild of India.[6][7]

As a lyricist he has written for a wide variety of films including Hattrick and Chalte Chalte (1976).[1]

In the 1980s he made a brief foray into writing and directing with Shesh, starring Alok Nath and Anitha Kumar, and Sheeshay Ka Ghar, starring Raj Babbar. He also wrote the dialogues for Mahesh Bhatt's classic Saaransh (1984) . He also writes for Hindustan Times and Business Standard. Khanna is sometimes credited for coining the term "Bollywood".[8]

Awards and honors

  • 2008 IFFLA Industry Leadership Award[9]


  1. ^ a b Bhushan, Ravi (1995). Reference India: Volume 3. Rifacimento International. 
  2. ^ "43rd National Film Awards" (PDF).  
  3. ^ Daniel O'Connor (2005). Interesting times in India: a short decade at St. Stephen's College. Penguin Books. p. 15.  
  4. ^ Film World: Volume 19. T.M. Ramachandran. 1992. p. 219. 
  5. ^ S.C. Bhatt (1994). Satellite Invasion of India. Gyan Books. pp. 145–146.  
  6. ^ Gaur, Mahendra (2006). Indian Affairs Annual. Gyan Publishing House. p. 269.  
  7. ^ "Guild Presidents". The Film and Television Producers Guild of India. Retrieved September 28, 2012. 
  8. ^  
  9. ^ "IFFLA Industry Leadership Awards". Business of Cinema. December 13, 2008. Retrieved September 28, 2012. 

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