Amit Khanna is a popular Bollywood film producer and writer who has been in the industry for more than four decades.
He was featured on various programmes of AIR as well as the early programmes of Doordarshan since the mid sixties and was also involved with Theatre in school.
He has worked alongwith the early graduates of National School of Drama like BV Kamath, Virendra Sharma, Om Shivpuri, JP Jain, BM Shah.
He started his formal film career as an Executive Producer with Actor – Producer, Dev Anand's Nav Ketan in 1971. He has written lyrics for 400 film & non-film songs including many all-time hits as well as a dozen feature film scripts which include award winning films like Saaransh. He has directed India's first music video with Nazia & Zoeb Hassan in 1984.
In 1980, he produced his first feature film Manpasand. In the Eighties, he wrote and directed critically acclaimed films Sheeshay Ka Ghar and Shesh and several documentaries. One of the first independent Producers of TV programming in India, he set up PLUS CHANNEL in 1990, India's first entertainment conglomerate where he produced 10 feature films, over 3000 hours of original TV programmingand over 1000 music albums in various genres and languages. Besides, event management and print news features syndicate.
He writes extensively on Media in various magazines and newspapers including Times of India, Hindustan Times, Economic Times, DNA & Business Standard and several websites.
He is a 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 is a Member – Prime Minister's Committee on Information, Communication & Entertainment (ICE), CII's Service Council and Advisory Board of the Forum d'Avignon, Paris. He is the President – Earth Communications Office (an Environment - NGO). 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 continue to be on the Council of Management of the Guild.
He has been on the Governing Councils of the Film Institutes in both Pune & Kolkatta. He has also been on the Jury of Film Festivals and other 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 Life Time Achievement Award for Television (UPTRON) and CMO Council Masterbrand, 2010.