He started off his Bollywood career with Balwaan in the year 1992, where he was simply dismissed as a "wooden actor". He had also been dissed and slammed by film critics. He has managed not just to survive but to make a mark in the industry where he has seen the good and bad days in his almost 20 year of Bollywood career.
The film Dhadkan released in 2000 fetched him the Filmfare award in the 'Best Villain' category. Shetty, a multi-faceted personality, is a Black Belt holder in kick boxing. He is also a hotelier and an entrepreneur as well. This actor has also produced flicks under his banner 'Popcorn Entertainment'. He has shown versatility in the portrayal of his characters in the movies like Awara Paagal Deewana, Hera Pheri and Phir Hera Pheri, which are all comedy flicks.