His role in 2000's MISSION KASHMIR won him critical acclaim and a number of awards and nominations, as did his subsequent performance in KURUKSHETRA.
He tasted immense success with the National Award-winning blockbuster 'MUNNA BHAI M.B.B.S. (2003), which also garnered him several awards.
Later successes came with MUSAFIR (2004), PLAN (2004), PARINEETA (2005) and DUS (2005). He also won critical acclaim for his performances in SHABD (2005), ZINDA (2006), SHOOTOUT AT LOKHANDWALA (2007), and AGNEEPATH (2012).