- Was involved in theatre, dance, and music groups whilst at school.
- Began his acting career in Ketan Mehta's Holi (1984).
- Directed his first film in 1993, titled Pehla Nasha, a remake of Brian De Palma's thriller Body Double (1984).
- His period movie Lagaan (2001), was the third highest grossing Indian movie of the year.
- Became a voting member for the 2005 Academy Awards.