Amit Khanna (born 1 March 1951) is an Indian film executive, filmmaker, lyricist, poet, writer and journalist. A core member of Dev Anands Navketan Films production house, Khanna served as executive producer of seven Hindi movies produced under its banner in the 1970s and 1980s.As a lyricist he has penned over 400 songs for Hindi films, music albums and Indian television series. In 1995, he won the National Film Award for Best Lyrics at the 43rd National Film Awards for the song Kuch Is Tarah from the movie Bhairavi. In 1984 he directed the first music video to be shot in India, for Nazia Hassans music album Young Tarang.In 1989 Khanna helped set up Plus Channel that produced several National Film Award winning films. In 1996 Khanna won twice at the 44th National Film Awards in his role as film producer: 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.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.Khanna is a long time member of several Indian film industry advocacy groups.
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