- First appeared in a lead role in Devalokam in 1979, although this film was never completed and remains unreleased.
- Three-time winner of the National Film Award for Best Actor.
- Winner of eleven Filmfare awards.
- Received the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award, in 1998.
- Chairman of Malayalam Communications, as of 2010.
- Involved in many charitable organisations and projects, including the Pain and Palliative Care Society, the Jeevan Jothi project and the Street India Movement, amongst others.