First got involved in film when he worked as assistant director to Raman Kumar on the TV series Tara (1993). Gave his directorial debut with the slasher film Kucch To Hai (2003). Arguably his greatest success was the romantic comedy Barfi! (2012), which was a major box office success and was selected as India's official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 85 Academy Awards. Received a Filmfare Best Director award nomination in 2012. Credits overcoming leukaemia with helping him to focus on what is truly important to him: his family and work.