1999 witnessed Sanjay's breakthrough in Bollywood with a supporting role in the movie Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi, co-starring Rinke Khanna and Dino Morea. Although the movie flopped, Sanjay was noticed. With his next films, Daman: A Victim of Marital Violence (2001), Filhaal... and the musical Dil Vil Pyar Vyar (2002) Suri proved his mettle as a fine actor.
In Pinjar co-starring Urmila Matondkar he got rave reviews but it wasn't until Jhankaar Beats later that year that he became popular. His role alongside Juhi Chawla was greatly appreciated. Slowly he got more roles in movies but his movies flopped continuously. Despite the failure of his films, his performances continued to be appreciated.
In 2005 he proved all his detractors wrong when he delivered a critically acclaimed performance in My Brother… Nikhil, as a homosexual AIDS victim, once again co-starring Juhi Chawla. The movie received unanimous praise among Indian film critics. The movie fared decently in Mumbai but was a failure elsewhere in India. Succeeding films have not done as well.
Sanjay is now Acting and Co Producing a film by Onir titled SORRY BHAI, which is due for release by end November 2008.