Well-known filmmakers Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Sudhir Mishra, worked as assistants for him on his cult classic Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983). Received the Indira Gandhi Award for Best Film by a Director in 1984 for the same film. A digitally restored version of the film was re-released in 2012, celebrating its 30th anniversary. Started a television production company called Iskra in collaboration with Saeed Akhtar Mirza. Made a comeback in the film industry with Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1994) after a 7-year hiatus. Was the first ever filmmaker to win the 1994 Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie.