While he was studying in Sardar Patel Hindu Inter College in Shahjahanpur, he associated himself with theatre and started acting in plays. Thereafter, he relocated to Lucknow and trained at the Bhartendu Natya Academy. From there, he went to Delhi and enrolled at the National School of Drama.
He started his acting career by acting in the sequel of famous Doordarshan series Mungerilal Ke Haseen Sapne called Mungeri ke bhai Naurangilal. Though, he started his career as a villain and also found success but became famous as one of the best comedian of Hindi film industry. His best comedy films include Waqt: The Race Against Time, Hungama, Garam Masala, Chup Chup Ke, Dhol and Garam Masala among others. His performance in this film was absolutely astonishing. His performance in the film Malamaal Weekly needs a special mention. Apart from his comedy, his hairstyle in the film was also the talking point of the film.
After establishing himself as a sought-after comedian, he was offered lead roles and has played lead roles in films like Rama Rama Kya Hai Drama, Main Madhuri Dixit Ban na Chahti Hoon, Mirch, Ladies Tailor, and Main, Meri Patni Aur Woh among others. For Main Madhuri Dixit Ban na Chahti Hoon, he also won Yash Bharati Award.
In addition to Hindi, he has also acted in Marathi, Avadhi, Telugu and English language films.