Kireet Khurana

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Kireet Khurana
Born (1967-10-25) 25 October 1967 (age 48) Mumbai, India
Residence Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Filmmaker, animator, ad-film director

Kireet Khurana (born 25 October 1967, Mumbai, India) is an Indian filmmaker, storyteller and ad-film director. A high-honours graduate from Sheridan College (Canada), he is the founder and creative head of the production house Climb Media[1] and its animation wing, 2nz Animation Co.

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 over 400 ad films.[3] He is the director of India's first live-action and 3D animation combined film Toonpur Ka Super Hero, 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]

As a producer Kireet Khurana has worked on many award-winning public service campaigns, the latest being a series of four short films for Childline India Foundation on child labor, child marriage, corporal punishment and child sexual abuse. Komal, a film on child sexual abuse, won the FICCI Best Animated Frames (BAF) Award in 2014. Sisters, a film on child marriage, won the Best Public Service and Social Film awards at the INFOCOM-ASSOCHAM EME Awards in 2013. Education Counts won the "Viewer's Choice" award at ANIFEST 2013.

For its close association with NASSCOM, Climb Media was honoured with an award at the NASSCOM 25 years' celebration.



Trade is a film on child prostitution. It was First Indo-Canadian animation co-production with the National Film Board of Canada and UNICEF International[6] It also won the National Award for Best Animation Film Direction in 1998.[7]


Mahagiri won two President's National awards for Best Animation Film Direction and Animation in 1995,[5][8] as well as a Certificate of Merit at the Mumbai International Film Festival in 1996.


O won 2 National Awards (Best Animation Film; Direction and Animation) in 1996, as well as a Silver Ebensee Award at the Festival Der Nationen in Austria in 1995.

Chotta Birbal[edit]

Chotta Birbal won the Seagate Technical Award for Excellence in 2004 for Best Animated Series. Chhota Birbal is also the first Indian animation character to be licensed.[9]

Shaadi Ka Laddoo[edit]

The 2004 Bollywood comedy film created history using animation-live action technique for a song in the film for the first time in Bollywood. This song won the Seagate Technical Excellence Award for best visual effects in a feature in 2005.[10]

  • Nominated in the prestigious Screen Awards in 2005 in the Best VFX category.

Sand Castle[edit]

A short film about paedophilia, this film was funded by international bodies like UNIFEM and Save the Children India. It won the Best Public Service Message film award at the Seagate Technical Excellence Awards, 2006.[11] It was also in the official selection at the Bimini Festival.[clarification needed]



The Indian animation scene reached a turning point with the release of India's first live action - 3D animation-live action combination feature film, Toonpur Ka Super Hero ("Toonpur's Super Hero") written by Raagi Bhatnagar and directed by Kireet Khurana. The film features Ajay Devgan, Kajol, Sanjai Mishra, Tanuja and Mukesh Tiwari in lead roles, along with a number of animated characters. The film was remade in English in early 2011. It hit the box office and made a high gross in a two-week net. It was a moderate commercial success and received mixed to positive reviews from critics.

  • Adventures of Chhota Birbal (2002) TV series[12]
  • Trade (1997)
  • Mahagiri (1994)



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

Production manager:

  • Kathni Karni Ek Si (1989) (assistant production manager) - won two national awards
  • Chhoti Badi Baatein - a highly successful and popular sitcom based on superstitions (1986) (assistant production manager) (1986)


  • Adventures of Chhota Birbal (2002), an animated TV series created by Kireet Khurana and produced by Climb Media, was one of its kind. It won the Seagate Technical Award for Excellence in 2004 for Best Animated Series, Chhota Birbal being the first Indian Animation character to be licensed. It was India's first television series IP to be licensed and merchandised.


  • Dooriyaan (1979), directed by the founder Bhimsain Khurana. This critically acclaimed successful film starring Sharmila Tagore and Uttam Kumar won seven awards, including a Filmfare Critics Award; showcasing the dilemmas and personal ambitions of a married couple, a paradigm shift in terms of story far ahead of its time.

Other accomplishments[edit]

Upcoming projects[citation needed][edit]

  • Jugnoo, India's first horror-comedy animated film, to be completed by the end of 2015
  • Saeed Mirza, The Leftist Sufi (documentary), to be completed by the end of 2015


  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.