Rohit Khattar
Chairman
Old World Hospitality Pvt. Ltd.
Cinestaan Film Company Pvt. Ltd.
Cinestaan AA Distributors.
Mumbai Mantra Media Ltd.

Rohit Khattar is a creative entrepreneur with interests in Hospitality and Entertainment.

Rohit Khattar is Founder Chairman of Old World Hospitality Private Limited (www.oldworldhospitality.com), which is India's largest live entertainment company and operates India's most comprehensive performing arts and convention centre, Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. In addition, Old World Hospitality operates 2 hotels and several restaurants. Khattar founded the company in 1990 with his first restaurant Chor Bizarre. His restaurant Indian Accent, New Delhi (www.indianaccent.com) is the only restaurant from India on the “World's 50 Best Restaurants” list with outposts in New York & London and was part of Time Magazine’s 100 Great Destinations in the World in 2018.

He is Founder Chairman of Cinestaan Film Company, a boutique studio co-promoted with Anand Mahindra. It is committed to championing stories that resonate with global audiences.

Cinestaan has the ability to develop, produce, sell and distribute films across the world and were recently Executive Producer of Cold War, nominated for 3 Academy Awards including ‘Best Foreign Film’. Rohit is Producer on Cinestaan’s production Gitanjali Rao’s feature animation, ‘Bombay Rose’, which will open International Critics Week at the Venice Film Festival followed by TIFF. Cinestaan’s 50-50 co-production with Film London for ‘The Hungry’ saw its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. (www.cinestaanfilmcompany.com).

C International Sales is Cinestaan’s Sales Agency which specializes in the sale of both Indian and international films seeking global audiences and has successfully represented critically acclaimed films internationally like Hotel Salvation (Mukti Bhawan) which has been released in over 30 countries.

Cinestaan AA Distributors is a joint venture between Cinestaan Film Company and AA Films, the leading overseas distributor propelling big Indian audiences throughout the world into cinemas. Some of the films distributed by Cinestaan AA Distributors include Baahubali 2, Stree, Badhaai Ho, Bharat & Gully Boy.

Khattar is also Chairman of Mumbai Mantra Media Limited, part of the US$ 20.7 billion Mahindra Group. Mumbai Mantra is exploring the development of entertainment infrastructure. As the first step in the direction of film education, Khattar had forged a partnership with the Sundance Institute founded by Robert Redford which gave birth to Mumbai Mantra, Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab in India and the Sundance Institute Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award. These initiatives catalyzed the mentoring of 24 Screenwriters and awards to 16 filmmakers. At the end of this relationship, a new initiative, the Cinestaan Script Contest was taken over under the aegis of Cinestaan. With a jury consisting of Aamir Khan, Anjum Rajabali, Rajkumar Hirani and Juhi Chaturvedi, thousands of script ideas have been evaluated and prize money distributed.

Rohit is credited with several firsts in the hospitality and entertainment sector – the first public private partnership in the arts (Habitat World), India’s first theme restaurant (Chor Bizarre), India’s first Food Court (Eatopia) and many more.

Khattar was featured amongst “The Big 10 of the F&B industry” and amongst “The 99 superstars who changed our lives across India” by Time Out. He (along with Vir Sanghvi) was honoured with the “IFCA Award of Excellence” by the Indian Federation of Culinary Associations in appreciation of his outstanding contribution to the development of the culinary profession and society.