- Worked as an apprentice for Yash Chopra as a seventeen-year-old.
- Founded the film studio Excel Entertainment with Ritesh Sidhwani in 1999.
- His debut film Dil Chahta Hai (2002) was nominated for Best Film and Best Director at the Filmfare Awards, whilst winning the Critics Award for Best Movie as well as the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi.
- Made his acting and singing debut in the musical film Rock On!!(2008).
- Launched the campaign Men Against Rape and Discrimination in 2013 to raise awareness against rape and discrimination of women.
- Made his Marathi debut as an actor in the movie Por Bazaar (2014).