- Having interest in acting since childhood, often participated in school plays and debates.
- Studied creative writing while in college.
- Worked as a copywriter for advertising giants J. Walter Thompson and Ogilvy & Mather after finishing his studies.
- Worked as an assistant director on his return to India, where his primary job consisted of taking care of the crowd.
- Made his debut with the movie Band Baaja Baaraat (2010). The role won him a Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut.
- Rapped for the title track of his movie Ladies vs Ricky Bahl (2011).
- First A-list Indian actor to have endorsed a condom. Appeared in the Durex ad in 2014; claims to have written the script for the ad himself.
- Appeared in Jack and Jones first video campaign for India "Don't Hold Back." He penned and sang the rap song used in the video.
- Won his first Filmfare Best Actor Award for his film Bajirao Mastani (2015); was named best actor at many other award functions for the same film.