Kahlil is a random kid from New Jersey who loves TV and basketball. That’s him in a nutshell—except he’s allergic to nuts. He was raised in a diverse town called Edison, surrounded by residents whose bottled up uneasiness about the influx of brown people turned them into Trump supporters 25 years later. Kahlil is the product of an Indian father and a Puerto Rican mother, who met on vacation in a love-at-first-sight Bollywood-style scenario.
Being the child of a businessman and a computer systems analyst, Kahlil naturally gravitated toward the complete opposite of that: creativity. Whether it was making songs about poop with his cousins in Puerto Rico (which they still do), forcing his family in India to repeatedly act out his theatrical version of 3 Little Pigs, turning his left and right hand into an action/comedy duo, or playing “Survivor” with bathtub toys, storytelling has always been Kahlil’s passion. (By the way, if you’re curious who won bathtub-toy “Survivor,” it was a little pink and green shovel).
Today, Kahlil is proud to have a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where his student films and scripts earned the NYU Faculty Award, the Oliver Stone Screenwriting Award, and an Animation Grant. Since graduating in 2015, Kahlil has been named Quarter-Finalist at the Academy Nicholl Fellowship, pitched to NBC through an event called PITCH NY, and was invited to the HBO Multicultural Creativity Summit. The past few years, Kahlil made a living by refereeing youth basketball, in which he surprisingly became a prodigy. Kahlil is currently based in LA, interning at Haven Entertainment.