Two of his films, Hum Rahe Na Hum and Shaque, which he heavily banked on, did not do well at the box office. He was slotted as a failure and it was around this time that he was introduced to television (the small screen, was not a popular medium then). His role as an illegitimate child, Satbir, in Ramesh Sippy's mega serial Buniyaad, gave him instant recognition. This earned him many offers, but even at that time he did not take up anything that came his way. On the contrary he has always preferred to wait and do lesser but more meaningful roles. In the following years he was approached with roles of his choice and thus serials like Saans, Family No. 1, DardSiski & ' Barrister Roy " happened. He also played the role of Nirmaljeet Singh Sekhon in a serial Paramveer Chakra from Doordarshan as a pilot of Indian Air Force during the 1971 war with Pakistan.