Kireet Khurana is an Indian He graduated from Sheridan College in Canada with high-honors. After graduating, he founded the production house Climb Media, and later its animation wing, 2nz Animation Co., where he serves as creative head.
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 the director of India’s first film combining live-action and 3D animation called Toonpur Ka Superrhero, starring Ajay Devgan and Kajol. His 2018 feature film T for Taj Mahal, produced by Abis Rizvi, was launched at the Festival de Cannes in 2018, and premiered at the London Indian Film Festival. It won the Best Feature Film Audience Award and Best Story Award at the DC South Asian Film Festival. His 2016 documentary on Indian film director Saeed Akhtar Mirza, entitled Saeed Mirza: The Leftist Sufi, released on Netflix in 2017. It was named among the top 10 documentaries of 2017 by Vogue India and The Hindu.
He is also the creator of India’s largest animation series, Vartmaan, with animation pioneer Bhimsain.
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”.
Professional Experience and Accomplishments
In his career as an animator, he has directed award-winning shorts on Child Rights for 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.
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.
Kireet Khurana’s films always carry a social message and present a worldview that is empathetic and heroic all at once.
Recognition and Awards