Kireet Khurana is an Indian animator, filmmaker, storyteller, and ad-film director. In his career of 12 years, he has made over 300 short films, documentary films, ad films and also directed India’s first live action-3D animation film “Toonpur Ka Superhero”.
Kireet has won more than 30 awards, including 6 prestigious President's National Awards for his films, the first of which he won in 1995 for the animated film Mahagiri. He has made over 12 short films and over 500 ad films. He is also the creator of India's largest animation series, Vartmaan, with animation pioneer Bhimsain. Recently Kireet Khurana released the film documentary 'The Invisible Visible', highlighting the plight of India's destitute millions suffering from homelessness. 'The Invisible Visible', is an 81 minutes-long documentary that will be released mid-2022. It has been shot across Mumbai, Delhi, Patna, Dehradun, Kanpur and a few villages in Maharashtra and Bihar.
Kireet Khurana Interview Topics
1. Personal and Academic Background
2. Career in the film industry
3. The state of the film and animation industry in India
4. The Invisible Visible
a. Homelessness in India
b. Tackling poverty
Kireet Khurana Biography
Kireet Khurana is an Indian animator. In his career of 12 years, he has made over 300 short films, documentary films, ad films and also directed India’s first live action-3D animation film “Toonpur Ka Superhero”. After graduating from Sheridan College, Canada with high honours in animation film making, he started his organization 2nz Animation Co. which makes animated films - shorts, ads or documentaries in 3D/ 2D/CG etc. He won his first President's National Award in 1995 for the film “Mahagiri” a film about cruelty against animals. The film won two National Awards for Best Animation Film Direction and Best Animation, respectively. It also won a Certificate of Merit at the Mumbai Int'l Film Festival in 1996. Over the years he has won 5 President’s National Awards and 3 International Awards including Japan and Austria. He has also won 15 Awards in various festivals in India and abroad. He is currently directing India’s first live-action - 3D animation combo film “Toonpur Ka Superhero”.
Born to pioneer Bhimsain Khurana who is considered one of India’s pioneer animators and is the winner of the prestigious president’s national award 16 times, he was born into a family that had the creativity and infrastructure required for animation. He made his first animation short film at the early age of 6. A B.A. Economics major graduate from Mumbai University he went on to do his high honours from Sheridan College in Canada, a prime institute for animation film making. After graduating, he started his organization 2nz Animation Co. which specializes in 2D and 3D animation. He made his directorial debut with India’s first Live-Action - 3D animation film “Toonpur Ka Superhero.”
Professional Experience and Accomplishments
In his career as an animator, he has directed award-winning shorts on Child Rights for the National Film Board of Canada co-produced with UNICEF for the prestigious ‘Rights From The Heart’ series. He is the creator, director and screenplay writer for the award-winning animation series – ‘Adventures of Chhota Birbal’ which was aired on Cartoon Network in the year 2003. Chhota Birbal has the distinction of being the 1st Indian animated character to be licensed. He was also the executive producer & co-director for the live-action feature film ‘Laadli’ made for Children’s Film Society, India. He is the director of 2nz Animation Co. established in 1996 and has executed 300+ ad films for 90+ leading brands including Coke, Pepsi, 7 Up, Kellogs, Sirf, Rin, Nestle, & for ad agencies JWT, O&M, Lowe, Mudra, etc. 2nz also caters to feature VFX, PS films and international projects. He is also the Creative Head of the sister concern Metaphor Studios established in 2006 in Kolkata which won the Seagate Tech. excellence award for their debut production Sand-Castle. He also made his directorial debut with India’s 1st live-action-3D animation cum combo feature film “Toonpur ka Superhero” starring Ajay Devgan and Kajol. He was also the co-writer for the film.
About The Invisible Visible
THE INVISIBLE VISIBLE is a poignant 'Impact' documentary feature on the estimated 70 million homeless people in India. It draws attention towards these 'invisibles' and seeks to 'visibilize' them. The sordid stories of the homeless people humanize them and depict how poverty has been criminalised under an archaic, draconian law in India. The stories unfold through the lens of India's leading crusaders - TARIQUE MOHAMMED, and his organisation members who have dedicated their lives to the homeless and destitute. The fight against injustice and violence is an ongoing one and THE INVISIBLE VISIBLE has some call to action.
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