Want To Focus On Industry Development: Amit Khanna

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MUMBAI: Industry veteran Amit Khanna has ended his tenure as Chairman of Reliance Entertainment on 11 March 2013, after 13 long years with the organization.

At 62, Khanna who has contributed towards the Indian Film Industry for over 40 year, says it’s now time to retire. Speaking to businessofcinema.com, the ex-Chairman says, “There’s no reason for my move. After a certain age, you just don’t want to work anymore.”

Adding, “I am indeed lucky that I have had the privilege of working in virtually all segments of media and entertainment – print, theatre, radio, films, TV and digital in my career. I have had the fortune to start and help build Reliance Entertainment into a global entertainment powerhouse. I leave it behind in safe hands.”

But this does not mean a complete full-stop to his association with the Industry. Amit Khanna, who’s donned many hats in his fulfilling career – from Producer, to Lyricist and Writer, says he will now spend his free time writing about the Industry welfare and mentorship.

“I’m planning to do a project documenting the history of Indian media since the 18th century. I want to focus on the Industry development,” he says.

Amit Khanna started his formal film career as an Executive Producer with the Late Actor – Producer Dev Anand’s ‘Nav Ketan’ (1971). He has written lyrics for 400 film & non-film songs which include award winning films like ‘Saaransh’. In 1980, Khanna produced his first feature film ‘Man Pasand’ featuring Dev Anand and Tina Munim.

Amit Khanna continues as 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).