Chairman, Old World Hospitality Pvt. Ltd.,
Cinestaan Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.,
Cinestaan Film Company & Mumbai Mantra Media Ltd.
Rohit Khattar is a creative entrepreneur with interests in Hospitality and Entertainment. He is Founder Chairman of Cinestaan Film Company, a Studio which has several Indian and International films under development and production (www.cinestaanfilmcompany.com).
Cinestaan Film Company has a joint venture with AA films (India's leading Distributor) to create an overseas film distribution company Cinestaan AA Distributors, with Rohit Khattar as Chairman and Anil Thadani as MD & CEO. Cinestaan has also appointed Sales Agent Marina Fuentes as Director International Sales to head C International Sales which would help sell films within non-diaspora territories.
Khattar's passion for cinema made him spearhead the chronicling of the history of Indian cinema. This has led to the birth of another company promoted by him called Cinestaan Digital Private Limited, which is building a comprehensive destination for Indian cinema on the Internet.
Khattar is also Chairman of Mumbai Mantra Media Limited. Part of the $19 billion Mahindra Group, Mumbai Mantra is evaluating opportunities in entertainment infrastructure, live events and education. The first step in this direction was the forging of a partnership with the Sundance Institute founded by Robert Redford. This included the Mumbai Mantra, Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab in India and the Sundance Institute Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award. This catalyzed the mentoring of 24 Screenwriters and awards to 16 filmmakers. At the end of this 3-year relationship, a new initiative, the Mumbai Mantra CineRise '100 Storytellers a Year' began which helps nurture 100 screenwriters annually. A large entertainment infrastructure project in Mumbai is also on the anvil (www.mumbaimantra.com).
Rohit Khattar is Founder Chairman of Old World Hospitality Private Limited (O.W.H.), which is India's largest live entertainment organiser 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 over 35 restaurants, which have won several awards since Khattar founded the company in 1990.
Old World Hospitality serves over 5000 meals daily, hosts over 6000 conferences and banquets and annually organises over 1600 live entertainment events.
Khattar began his career when he inherited the small art deco Hotel Broadway, which is home to the iconic 'Chor Bizarre' restaurant, the first restaurant that Khattar created 25 years ago. His restaurant 'Indian Accent', amongst numerous other awards, has been awarded the San Pellegrino Best Restaurant in India on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015, 2016, 2017 and is the only restaurant from India in S. Pellegrino’s list of 100 Best Restaurants in the World. Indian Accent has recently opened a branch in New York city.
Khattar is credited with several other 'firsts' - restaurant concepts that he developed like India’s first Food Court (Eatopia), first Diner (The All American Diner) and first Pub (Past Times).
Khattar is also an independent director on the board of Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Ltd., which operates over 40 resorts in India and overseas under the name Club Mahindra'
Khattar was featured amongst 'The Big 10 of the F&B industry' and amongst 'the 99 superstars who changed our lives (across India)' by TimeOut. He (along with Vir Sanghvi) was honoured by 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.