In 2009, he received the Andhra Pradesh State Nandi Award for Best Villain and the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Telugu for his work in the Telugu blockbuster Arundhati. In 2010, he garnered the Apsara Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role and the IIFA Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role for the Bollywood blockbuster Dabangg. In 2012, he received the SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role for Julayi. He is best known for roles in blockbuster films such as Yuva (2004), Athadu (2005), Aashiq Banaya Aapne (2005), Jodhaa Akbar (2008), Dabangg (2010), Dookudu (2011), Shootout at Wadala (2013), Happy New Year (2014), Kung Fu Yoga (2017) and Simmba (2018).
In July 2016, he established the production house Shakti Sagar Productions, which is named after his father, Shakti Sagar Sood.
Sood married Sonali in 1996. They have two sons, Ishant and Ayaan.
In 1999, Sood was introduced to Tamil language films with Kallazhagar and Nenjinile. He then appeared as an antagonist in the Telugu film Hands Up! in 2000. In 2001, he appeared in Majunu. He then began starring in Hindi films, with Shaheed-E-Azam, as Bhagat Singh in 2002. Sood earned recognition as Abhishek Bachchan's brother in Mani Ratnam's Yuva in 2004 and in Aashiq Banaya Aapne in 2005.
In Tollywood, with the release of Super in 2005, he received greater recognition for his work. In this film, his co-star was Nagarjuna as a high-tech thief. His next film was Athadu. In 2006, he again portrayed the antagonist in Ashok. It was an average grosser, but by now he had become popular in Telugu films.
In 2009, he played the role of Pasupathy in Arundhati. Following the Tollywood release of Arundhati, he played the role of Rajkumar Sujamal in the Indian epic film Jodha Akbar, directed by Ashutosh Gowariker. In 2009, he played the role of gangster Bada in Anjaneyulu opposite Ravi Teja. In the latter half of 2009, he acted in another Telugu film Ek Niranjan, in which he again played the antagonist. In 2010, he played the lead antagonist in Abhinav Kashyap's Dabangg, co-starring with Salman Khan. His Kannada debut with Sudeep, Vishnuvardhana (2011), released to positive reviews of his performance.
|1999||Kallazhagar||Soumya Narayanan (Priest)||Tamil|
|Zindagi Khoobsurat Hai||Muraad||Hindi|
|Kovilpatti Veeralakshmi||Rajiv Mathur||Tamil|
|Kahan Ho Tum||Karan||Hindi|
|2004||Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero||Lt. Col Shah Nawaz Khan||Hindi|
|Mission Mumbai||Capt. Rajeev Singh||Hindi|
|Aashiq Banaya Aapne||Karan Oberoi||Hindi|
|Divorce: Not Between Husband and Wife||Siddharth Joshi||Hindi|
|2008||Jodhaa Akbar||Prince Sujamal||Hindi||Nominated, Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award|
|Singh Is Kinng||Lakhan 'Lucky' Singh||Hindi|
|Ek Vivah Aisa Bhi||Prem Ajmera||Hindi|
|2009||Arundhati||Pasupathi||Telugu||Nandi Award for Best Villain
Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award (Telugu)
|Dhoondte Reh Jaaoge||Aryan||Hindi|
|Ek Niranjan||Johnny Bhai||Telugu|
|City of Life||Basu/Peter Patel||English|
|2010||Dabangg||Chhedi Singh||Hindi||Apsara Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role
IIFA Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role
|Bbuddah... Hoga Tera Baap||ACP Karan Malhotra||Hindi|
|Vishnuvardhana||Adhishesha||Kannada||Nominated, SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role - Kannada
Nominated, Sandalwood Star Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role
Nominated, Bangalore Times Film Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role Male
|2012||Maximum||Inspector Pratap Pandit||Hindi|
|Uu Kodathara? Ulikki Padathara?||Phanindra Bhupathi||Telugu|
|Julai||Bittu||Telugu||Nominated, SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role - Telugu|
|2013||Madha Gaja Raja||Tamil||Unreleased|
|Shootout at Wadala||Dilawar Imtiaz Haksar||Hindi|
|R... Rajkumar||Shivraj Gurjar||Hindi|
|Happy New Year||Jagmohan Prakash (Jag)||Hindi|
|2015||Gabbar Is Back||Balbir Singh|
|Ishq Positive||Himself||Urdu||Pakistani Film
|Tutak Tutak Tutiya||Hindi||Also producer|
|2017||Kung Fu Yoga||Randall||Mandarin
|2018||Paltan||Maj. Bishen Singh||Hindi|
|Devi 2||Raj Khanna||Tamil||Cameo Appearance|
|2020||Alludu Adhurs||Adinarayana||Telugu||Filming |
|Film title||Actor||Character||Dub Language||Original Language||Original Year release||Notes|
|The Legend of Hercules||Kellan Lutz||Hercules/Alcides||Hindi||English||2014|