Kireet Khurana

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Kireet Khurana
Born (1967-10-25) 25 October 1967 (age 47) Mumbai, India
Residence Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Filmmaker, animator, Ad-Film Director

Kireet Khurana (Born 25 October 1967, Mumbai, India) is an Indian filmmaker, animator and ad-film director. He is the founder and creative head of the production house Climb Media[1] and its animation-wing 2nz Animation Company.

Kireet has won more than 30 awards, including 5 prestigious President's National awards for his short films.[2] He has made over 12 short films and 400+ ad films.[3] He is also the director of India's first live-action and 3D animation combined film "Toonpur Ka Superhero" starring Ajay Devgan and Kajol.[4] He won his first President's National Award in 1995 for the animation film "Mahagiri".[5]


Born in 1967, Kireet grew up in a creative environment. His exposure to animation films started from age 6 as his father – Bhimsain, an animation pioneer in India, nurtured and encouraged his creative leanings. Kireet attended the Jamnabai Narsee School and later completed a BA with a major in economics from Mumbai University. Soon thereafter, he went on to graduate in 1994 from Sheridan College, Canada with a high honour in animation filmmaking.

Film Awards[edit]


  • First Indo-Canadian animation Co-Production with the National Film Board of Canada and UNICEF International[6]
  • National Award – Best Animation Film Direction – 1998.[7]


  • Two President's National award for Best Animation Film Direction and Animation in 1995.[5]
  • Certificate of Merit at the Mumbai Int'l Film Festival in 1996.


  • 2 National awards (Best Animation Film- Direction and Animation) in 1996
  • Silver Ebensee Award, Festival Der Nationen, Austria (1995).

Chotta Birbal[9]

  • Seagate Technical Award for Excellence" in 2004 for Best Animated Series, Chhota Birbal also happens to be the first Indian Animation character to be licensed.

Shaadi Ka Laddoo

  • Shaadi Ka Laddoo" created history using animation-live action technique for a song in the film for the 1st time in Bollywood.
  • This song won the "Seagate Technical Excellence Award" for best VFX in feature in 2005.[10]
  • Nominated in the prestigious Screen Awards in 2005 in the Best VFX category.

Sand Castle

  • A short film about Paedophilia, this film was funded by International bodies like UNIFEM and Save the Children India.
  • Won the best public service message film award at the Seagate Technical Excellence Awards, 2006.[11]
  • Official selection at the Bimini Festival .





  • Toonpur Ka Superrhero (2010) (screenplay)
  • Adventures of Chhota Birbal (2002) TV series (creator)
  • Trade (1997) (story)

Production Manager:

  • Kathni Karni Ek Si (1989) (assistant production manager)
  • Chhoti Badi Baatein (1986) TV series (assistant production manager) (1986)


  • Adventures of Chhota Birbal (2002) TV series (producer)


  • Dooriyaan (1979) .... Moju

Other works[edit]

  • Kireet has been a key delegate speaker at several industry events including: FMX06 [15] (Germany), NASSCOM,[16] Dartmouth Univ. (Vermont, USA),[17] British Council,[18] Max Mueller, IIFC, CMIA, AniGraph[19] (Indian Chapter of Siggraph), CeC & CaC.
  • Kireet is also the Animation Editor and Columnist for Studio Systems[20] and has also written several published articles for Annecy and Zagreb Film Festivals, Croatia,[21] and

  • Distinguished Film Maker Kireet Khurana joins "Frameboxx Animation and Visual effects College" as Chief Creative Officer(CCO).


  1. ^ "Team Climb". Climb Media. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Awards". Climb Media. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Interview: Kireet Khurana". India Today. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Toonpur is a very hectic place to live in". Indian Express. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "National Film Awards, India 1995". IMDb. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "Trade". National Film Board Canada. Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "National Film Awards, India 1998". IMDb. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Mahagiri". Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
  9. ^ "Adventures of Chhota Birbal on Cartoon Network from October 4". AFAQs. Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
  10. ^ "Awards and Recognitions". 2nz. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  11. ^ "Metaphor Studios wins award for Sand Castle". AnimationXpress. Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
  12. ^ "Adventures of Chhota Birbal on Cartoon Network from October 4". afaqs!. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  13. ^ "Full cast and crew for Detective Naani". IMDb. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  14. ^ "All set for some Toon fun". The Times of India. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  15. ^ "Representatives from all over the world at fmx/06!". FMX. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  16. ^ "Speaker Profile: Kireet". Nasscom. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  17. ^ "Kireet Khurana Showreel". Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  18. ^ "Animation professionals call for international collaboration". The Hindu. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  19. ^ "Anigraph 2004 opens Thursday". Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  20. ^ "he Third Dimension by Kireet Khurana". Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  21. ^ "According to Kireet Khurana of 2nz Animation Co., animated features do well due to their novelty and unique target audience in". Retrieved 15 April 2012.