- Made her debut with the movie Bekhudi (1992); she was still in school at that time, but quit studies soon after the release of the movie to focus on her acting career.
- The success of her movie Baazigar (1993) made her an overnight star.
- Launched an online showbiz portal www.cineexplore.com in 2000, heading it as the CEO.
- Honoured with the Karmaveer Puraskaar, a national award recognising social justice and citizen action, in 2008, commending her services to the society.
- Won a Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award, in 2011 for her contribution to art and cinema.
- Became an ambassador and advocate of Lifebuoy's Help a Child Reach 5 campaign in 2013.
- Holds the directorial position at Devgn Entertainment and Software.
- A goodwill ambassador of the Britain-based Loomba Trust, which aims to educate widows' children, with a lot of focus on India.
- Also works with Shiksha, an NGO promoting children's education.