In 2005, both 'Parineeta' and 'Salaam Namaste' were received well by the critics and the masses. One of the biggest highlights of his career was his role of Langda Tyagi in Vishal Bharadwaj's 'Omkara', for which he won many awards; the film was a huge commercial success as well. Then came the action thriller, 'Race', and Imitiaz Ali's modern love story 'Love Aaj Kal'. Both were hits.