- Was interested in dramatics since childhood and often played the role of Ravana whenever Ramleela was being enacted.
- Started his career by acting in the famous television drama Swabhimaan.
- Made his Bollywood debut in the film Sanshodhan (1996).
- Won the Filmfare Best Villain Award for the films Dushman (1999) and Sangharsh (2000).
- Adopted the screen name Jeeva for South Indian movies.