After a series of successful films, Kapoor earned his first Filmfare Best Actor Award for his performance in N. Chandra's Tezaab in 1988, and later for Indra Kumar's Beta in 1992. Since then, he has starred in a number of critical and commercial successes, including Virasat (1997), for which he won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance; Biwi No.1 (1999); Taal (1999), for which he won his second Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award; Pukar (2000), for which he won his first National Film Award for Best Actor; and No Entry (2005). Kapoor has thus established himself as one of the most prominent actors of Bollywood.
Kapoor's first role in an international film was as the a-hole host of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Prem Kumar in Danny Boyle's Academy Award-winning Slumdog Millionaire (2008), for which he won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
In 2009, it was announced that Kapoor would star in the eighth season of the award-winning action series 24. He played President Omar Hussan, a reforming President of the fictional Islamic Republic of Kamistan. His next notable Hollywood role was in Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol.
During his time on 24, he asked himself, "why not make this in India?", and will be executive producing and starring in the Indian remake of the show, scheduled for October 2013, as
Jack Bauer Jai Singh Rathod.