- Has appeared in over 400 films and more than 100 plays.
- An eight-time Filmfare award winner, four of which were in the Best Comedian category.
- Won two National Film Special Jury Awards for Daddy (1989) and Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara (2005) respectively.
- Honoured with the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award, in 2004.
- Appointed goodwill ambassador of the Pratham Education Foundation in 2010, which works on improving children's education.