After winning both a Filmfare Award and a National Film Award for his supporting role in the 1998 Hindi crime movie Satya, this actor won additional honors for his performances in Pinjar (2003), Shool (1999), Road (2002), and Aks (2001).
After studying history at both Satyawati College and Delhi University, he trained at theater director Barry John's acting school.
Early in his career, he appeared on a popular Indian soap opera titled Swaabhimaan.
In 2006, he married actress Shabana Raza.
He and Shah Rukh Kahn appeared together in the 2004 romantic film Veer-Zaara.