- Acted in over 300 movies.
- Best known for his work in Malayalam film, but has also appeared in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada movies.
- For Vanaprashtham (1999) he won both the National Film Best Actor award and the Best Film award (as producer)
- Eight-time winner of the Filmfare Awards South Best Actor award.
- In 2001 he received the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award.
- Has an honourary black belt in Taekwondo.