- Before appearing on screen, made a name for himself as a stage actor.
- Made his film debut in Insaaf (1946).
- Also an established writer - wrote Mera Pakistani Safar (1960) and Mera Rusi Safarnama (1969) after visits to Pakistan and the Soviet Union, respectively.
- Was awarded the Padma Shri Award, India's fourth highest civilian award, in 1969.
- A stamp bearing his face was published by India Post in 2013.